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Cigar Aficionado September/October 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.
smoking in the great indoors

Fall is nearly here, and this season of change serves as a reminder that there are fewer days left for us to spend time in the warm outdoors in this part of the world. Early autumn brings the end of beach season in the northeast United States and warns us that it’s time to head south if we want to keep playing golf. For many, it also means the end of smoking cigars comfortably outdoors. We don’t cringe at the thought of losing the great outdoors as a place to smoke. In fact, we love smoking cigars inside. In many ways, it’s a better experience than smoking them outside. Sure, you’ll see both of us puffing cigars when we’re outside, perhaps by the pool, certainly on the porch or deck and almost…

4 min.
out of the humidor

Dear Marvin, I recently read your editors’ note in the July/August 2019 edition [“Cigars for the Troops”] concerning cigars for our military members. I could not agree with you more that the FDA’s prohibition of giving away cigars to the troops is ridiculous. I wanted to let you know, from a current member of the U.S. Army, that I—and my brothers and sisters in arms—appreciate you taking the time to talk about this matter and also to promote Cigars for Warriors. It means an incredible amount to us that people like you think of us. I am a Blackhawk pilot finishing up fight school in October, and my friends and I smoke cigars at every big event we have. It’s a huge part of the military culture and some of my best…

2 min.
three-finger cigar cases

Cigar transport is a tricky thing when you’re toting more than one. Stuffing a pocket with unprotected puros is liable to get them crushed, but lugging a bulky, hard-sided travel humidor can be ungainly. The gentle medium is the classic and dapper three-finger case that tucks in your breast pocket with no unseemly bulges. That’s the reason so many renowned manufacturers offer the three-slot format. The Triple Cigar Case ($235, above middle) from French luxury brand S.T. Dupont is a two-tone example. The top is made from rich brown calfskin and sits comfortably over a sturdy metal bottom segment. Visually striking and durable, the case is also roomy, holding cigars of up to 60-ring gauge. Brizard and Co.’s Black Caiman Crocodile 3 Cigar Case ($360, above left) is both eye-catching and innovative.…

1 min.
roasted bone marrow

Like so many of Europe’s culinary traditions, it took quite some time before roasted bone marrow started appearing on mainstream menus in the United States (in the more food-enlightened cities, anyway). The temptation is to point to the farm-to-table movement for bone marrow’s rise in popularity. But perhaps, the nose-to-tail ethic, which leaves almost no body part left uneaten, is more appropiate. Whatever the reason, this method of utilizing a meat source right down to the marrow seems more than just a passing foodie fad. Marrow has been on the menu at Porter House Bar and Grill in Manhattan ever since Chef Michael Lomonaco opened up this high-end steakhouse back in 2006. He serves it in the long—a cow femur split vertically down the middle, roasted and then garnished according to…

2 min.
fifteen-year-old scotch

Quinceañera birthday celebrations (from the Spanish for 15 years) may get their due respect in the Latin community, but in the world of Scotch whisky drinkers it is a coming-of-age that is often overlooked. And that’s a shame. In that niche, between entry level and those precious 20-somethings that will break your bank, is a sweet spot of price-approachable, sippable standouts that can still be mixed in a Rob Roy. Balvenie chose the age for its single-barrel format. The malt master chooses casks of apt age for a basic profile of honey, vanilla and oak, but since they aren’t married for consistency, you may get bonus favors like nuts, anise and fruitcake depending on the cask. Glenfiddich, always the innovator, makes its 15-year-old using the solera method, which ages whisky in…

2 min.
black is back

When the 36th America’s Cup kicks off with World Series races in Sardinia next April, the crew of the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa AC75, will be outfitted with Panerai’s new Luna Rossa Challenger Submersible ($21,600, top right). The watch refects the high-tech design of the racing yacht with its lightweight, durable Carbotech case. That same composite material (formed by bonding thin sheets of carbon fiber with polyether ether ketone) makes up Luna Rossa’s mono-hull. Given the Submersible’s innovative construction and contemporary color palette, Panerai proves that black is anything but basic. After a long period when retro classics were the style, watch designers are looking to the future with sleek, modern blacked-out watches, underscoring lightweight, robust materials that advance the horological dark arts. The brawny 47-mm Luna Rossa diver (water resistant…