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Cigar AficionadoCigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado March - April 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.

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Mexican tobacco is an important ingredient in the premium cigar industry, cloaking many maduros and prized for its flavor and burn. But cigars made in Mexico have traditionally underperformed in our blind tastings—until now. The Casa Turrent Serie 1901, a cigar made by Alejandro Turrent of Mexico’s famed Turrent tobacco family, has taken the highest score ever given by CIGAR AFICIONADO to a Mexican cigar. The 94 points for his Casa Turrent Serie 1901 Robusto is historic. The cigar took the highest score of the issue filled with 90-point scores from a wide variety of cigar-producing nations. Two cigars scored 93 points, and both have backstories. The Fuente Fuente OpusX Lost City Piramide is named after the movie Lost City, and the Alec Bradley Coyol Petit Lancero is named after…

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sanity and smoking bans

(DAVID YELLEN)When you think of London, you think of Sir Winston Churchill, and when you think of Churchill you think of cigars. Few images in this world are as memorable as the sight of the British statesman with a cigar clamped in his bulldog jaws. Fine cigars were always a part of this great man’s long life, in good times and in bad. Churchill smoked cigars during his darkest days, puffing away from his underground headquarters in London while marshaling the defense of Great Britain against the rockets and military forces of Nazi Germany. The Prime Minister even once fashioned a special adjustment to his oxygen mask to allow him a cigar while flying in an unpressurized cabin.Churchill is the very essence of London, and Britain’s capital city has long…

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out of the humidor

Dear Marvin,Representative Peter King’s assessment of the risks facing America was spot on [“Risks Facing America,” February 2015]. In light of the serious issues facing American foreign policy, doesn’t this present administration’s efforts to “normalize” American-Cuban relations seem like “smoke and mirrors?” I believe most readers of this magazine greatly prefer a more secure country to one where Cuban cigars are more readily available.James L. WilkinsonSarasota, FloridaDear Marvin,Just finished your interview with Mr. Rubin [“Life After No. 1”, February 2016]. Tried the Prensado a few years ago and was disappointed for the reasons he pointed out and never went back.But after reading his very open and honest account of what happened I’ll be going back for another try. I appreciate someone who’ll man up when things go wrong.Dan RogersFolly Beach,…

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japanese barware

Forgive us for maligning a favorite film hero, but James Bond had it all wrong. Martinis are best when stirred, not shaken. And to stir in absolute style, we suggest reaching for a Japanese mixing glass.Beyond bringing looks to the table with eye-catching design, Japanese barware has plenty of function to back up form. These tools make drinks that your guests will long remember, and they have a storied history.“The Japanese influence on American bartending is pretty profound,” says Greg Boehm, owner and founder of Cocktail Kingdom LLC, a Manhattan-based company that sells a wide range of high-end barware, much of it inspired by Japanese designs. During the late 1800s, what Boehm calls “the golden age” of cocktail culture in America, Japanese craftsmen began to emulate the superb Western bar…

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google onhub

Compared to sexy Google projects like self-driving cars and balloon-powered Internet, the company’s new wireless router, OnHub, may seem like a modest undertaking. But it’s one that addresses a common need. A majority of Americans already own wireless routers, and about as many have cursed them on more than one occasion. A wireless router is like a sump pump: No one cares how it works until it breaks. The difference is that when a wireless router malfunctions— at the most inopportune time—you play the plumber.Google set out to make a smarter wireless router, one that’s easier to configure and effortless to maintain, by adding a host of antennae and the convenience of a smartphone app to address issues. For several weeks I traded my Apple Airport for a Google OnHub,…

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the peninsula paris hotel

Ernest Hemingway famously described Paris as “a moveable feast.” Well, at the Peninsula Paris hotel, you don’t have to move. It’s all there, the essence of elegance, including a luxurious cigar lounge that epitomizes the hotel’s spirit.A combination of Old World charm and 21st century sophistication, it offers a design banquet of exquisite period details, crystal chandeliers, dramatic modern art, vases everywhere filled with fresh flowers and a flowing glass sculpture suspended from the ceiling near the reception desk. Actual feasts come at its restaurants, including one in the lobby, with Belle Époque décor, and a rooftop location with a panoramic view.Located just down the Avenue Kléber from the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel began life in 1908 as the Hotel Majestic and has hosted such notables as Igor Stravinsky,…

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