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Cigar Aficionado September - October 2016

Cigar Aficionado is a magazine for the man who enjoys life’s great pleasures: fine dining and entertaining, the finest wines and spirits, world travel and the arts. At the heart of every issue is the cigar: what to smoke, where to smoke, and how to enjoy a great smoke.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
M Shanken Communications
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highlights

When cigar lovers wax poetic about the Romeo y Julieta brand, they typically rave about the long and legendary Churchill (or one of its many new smaller incarnations: Petit, Short or Wide). We would suggest a sample of the Romeo Belicoso. It’s not a new size, but it has been terribly hard to find for many years. Today, it’s in relatively good supply, and smoking quite well—a recent version garnered our highest rating of the issue as well as our best-ever score for the brand in that size. A second Cuban, the relatively new Partagás Serie E No. 2, proved its superiority in the toro, or corona gorda, category, while a third took top honors in robustos. Two cigars from the Fuente family, an Ashton Heritage and a consistently superb…

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the real ray lewis

Watching Ray Lewis play football is simply unforgettable. The man is a powerhouse, with a seemingly infinite amount of athleticism, the ability to know where to be on defense at all times and leadership skills that motivate his teammates. As a passionate fan of the Miami Hurricanes, I watched him play during the 1990s and I remember seeing him dominate in the Super Bowls he won with the Baltimore Ravens, one that earned him MVP honors. But it wasn’t Ray Lewis the football player who inspired me to interview him. It was Ray Lewis the man. In April, Lewis joined us at CIGAR AFICIONADO’S Night to Remember charity dinner, and I invited him to the podium to say a few words. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. His brief speech—about his…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, Many who feel morally superior have a need to impose their personal beliefs through regulatory prohibition. The most famous example is the Volstead Act of 1919, which prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. During the prohibition of alcohol, crime rose 24 percent, drug addiction rose 44 percent and thousands died from governmentordered poisoning of industrial alcohol. Prohibiting any desired activity makes it more dangerous. We have seen this with opiates, illegal gambling, criminalized abortion and prostitution. The agents of moral conduct have set their sights on tobacco. The plan is to create a tobacco-free society by taxing tobacco and restricting its use in increments until smoking goes away. It is interesting that as tobacco laws become more restrictive, marijuana laws become more lax. We should oppose these efforts for…

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focal utopia headphones

Just placing them on your head, it’s obvious that no expense was spared in the making of Focal’s new Utopia headphones. Weighing a little more than a pound, the unit has an adjustable yoke forged out of carbon fiber for strength, practicality and attractiveness. The super-soft, lambskin leather used in the headband and ear cups is sourced from Pittards, a renowned United Kingdom leather supplier that’s been around since 1826. But remarkable comfort alone isn’t what justifies the $3,999 price tag. The 35-year-old French company known for creating some of the world’s most respected high-end audio technologies has created a pair of wearable cans that are essentially on par with high-end speakers. To achieve this, the company turned to a rare element called beryllium, which is roughly 30 times the cost…

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mercedes-benz e300

The stuff of science fiction is rapidly becoming everyday reality, especially when it comes to automobiles. By the end of the decade, we may see the first fully self-driving cars. And the completely made over 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 will get you amazingly close today. The new E-Class sedan (always popular for introducing new technology) can now not only operate its brakes, accelerator and steering wheel without driver intervention, but can pass another car in traffic. As you sit behind the wheel, what’s bound to catch your eye are the twin video screens, a 12.3-inch LCD display operating the updated comand infotainment system, and a second, reconfigurable display replacing conventional, analog gauges on all but base models. Those two huge screens help you manage a high-tech fantasyland of features that come just…

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fine crystal ashtrays

It seems as though many makers of traditional luxury goods have lost faith in the casual smoker and discontinued any items even remotely pertaining to cigars. Thankfully, the world’s finest crystaliers have refused to turn their backs on the cigar enthusiast, offering interesting crystal ashtrays that bring a bit of Park Avenue directly into the smoking den. In their undying respect for cigar culture, France’s finest glass masters—Lalique, Baccarat and Saint-Louis—produce crystal cigar ashtrays that are thoughtfully cast yet at the same time ingeniously designed to blend into almost any environment. No conservatory is too dainty, nor man cave too masculine, nor study too austere, that it can’t benefit from a bit of fine, decorative crystal. Consider the expressive contrast between clear and translucent crystal on the four-sided Lalique Jungle Ashtray (pictured,…

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