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Cigar Aficionado July/August 2019

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.

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United States
M Shanken Communications
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
cigars for the troops

So many things are wrong with the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of the cigar industry that it’s easy to overlook one of the most egregious prohibitions. We’re talking about the government’s ban on cigar companies giving away samples of cigars, which prohibits manufacturers from donating cigars to American troops. Prior to 2016, it was common for makers of handmade cigars to donate cigars to American troops, particularly those serving abroad. But that year, a new set of FDA regulations was passed that included a prohibition on free samples, a restriction that made these charitable donations illegal. Have you ever heard of a more ridiculous government prohibition? Cigars are an indelible part of the long history of the U.S. military, and were smoked by such famed generals as Ulysses S. Grant, George S.…

4 min.
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, Great articles on Paul Giamatti [“Roles of a Lifetime,”] and Pebble Beach [“National Treasure”] from the May/June issue. It’s noteworthy to read that all seven cigars on the Highlights page hailed from either Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic. Cuba was not included. Congratulations to those Nicaraguan and Dominican growers. I’m looking forward to the Las Vegas Big Smoke in November 2019, my sixth attendance. Frank Kohler Scottsdale, Arizona Editors’ Response: If there’s one thing our blind reviews have proven, it’s that cigars from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Honduras can compete with Cubans, but if you read closely, you’ll see that some Cuban cigars tied for top robusto and figurado. See you at the Big Smoke. Dear Marvin, Great work guys. Paul is a titan among actors. Jeremy Piven Submitted via Instagram Dear Marvin, Just read your editors’ note…

1 min.
paramount cigar cutters

First and foremost, Charles Sauer is a bladesmith. The Texan made his name forging superlative cutlery so fine and ornate that his knives are as much showpieces as hunting tools. Eventually, he brought his mastery of Damascus steel to cigar cutters, creating mini guillotines of true heirloom quality. Sauer does not buy cutters and embellish them. Anyone can cover a mediocre cutter in gold and jewels. Like his knives, his cigar cutters are a culmination of high craft and artistry, made with Damascus steel, created by forging layer after layer of steel and working it to bring out exquisite, wavy patterns. Take, for example, the Mosaic Damascus cutter (top, $37,500). It’s a hand-forged unit of abstract patterns contained by two rows of diamonds on both sides—a clever contrast of entropy and…

1 min.
the toughest fish

It’s elusive, flattened and silvery, a fish with huge eyes and a forked tail resembling a flying V electric guitar. And for fly fishermen it’s one of the ultimate prizes—the permit. “Permit are one of the most exciting fish to catch on a fly,” says Toby Brocklehurst of In Cloud 9 tours, who has been fly-fishing in Cuba and Central America for some 30 years. “Among fly fisherman, it’s the top of the list,” concurs Connecticut resident Jimmy Coale, a former fishing guide who has fished all over the world. “It’s an obsession.” Permit can measure more than three feet long and weigh in at well over 20 pounds. Considering their size, the water they swim in is extremely shallow. They are found in the Florida Keys, the Yucatan and Belize.…

1 min.
tying up for summer

While your initial response to summer’s heat may be to shed as many layers as possible, the occasional lawn party, country club bash or business meeting mean you can’t spend all of July and August in shorts and a tank top. But nothing says you can’t stay cool—nor look cool—while wearing a tie. Banish your dour, woolen neckwear to the back of the closet in favor of lightweight silks that are also bright in color. Remember, you’ll likely be pairing with lighter hues, whether the occasion calls for a linen suit, seersuckers or a blazer with khaki trousers. This is also the season for spritely patterns that synch with a world that is in blossom. A butterfly motif from Petronius 1926 (lower right, available at Neiman Marcus, $175) stays on a flight…

2 min.
range rover evoque

When Jaguar Land Rover introduced the smallest member of its exclusive Range Rover family, the 2012 Evoque, it was an immediate visual standout married to lavish features and a seemingly unstoppable all-wheel-drive system. The 2020 model from the British automaker follows the same formula. And despite the fact that there’s not a single, carryover body panel wed to its all-new “architecture,” the SUV is instantly recognizable as an Evoque. For 2020, the two-door version is gone, along with the quirky Evoque convertible that made more sense as a fantasy-in-chrome show car than a production vehicle. Few will notice. It’s the four-door Evoque that generated annual sales of more than 100,000 vehicles. And it’s here that some welcome improvements have been made. While the new model retains a footprint that makes it…