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Cigar Aficionado

Cigar Aficionado January/February 2020

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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1 min.
newair cc-300h humidor

You expect your humidor to humidify—hence the name—but what about the havoc that temperature shifts can wreak on your cigar collection? Blasting the AC in the summer and cranking up the heat in the winter can make your precious sticks swell, crack, develop mold, or, worst of all, suffer a dreaded beetle outbreak. NewAir, a maker of heating and cooling appliances, thinks your humidor should regulate its own temperature. With both heating and cooling elements under electronic temperature control, the company’s 400-count CC-300H humidor maintains optimal conditions all year long. Set the digital thermostat to your desired temperature and the humidor will handle the rest, working day and night to achieve that internal climate for your cigars. The humidor’s thermostat adjusts between 60° to 74° F. (For everyday cigar smoking, we…

1 min.
the bloody mary

While Champagne is traditional for New Year’s Eve, so much else gets slurped down in between toasts that come morning only one remedy is suited for the sins of the night before. In the tassel-loafer panhandle of Connecticut from which I hail, a riot would break out were there a lack of Bloody Mary ingredients at dawn on New Year’s Day. The bright-red highball with the gory name contains the makings of a sublime restorative: vitamins (tomato juice), palate stimulants (hot spices) and hair of the dog (vodka). But it took surprisingly long to catch on. Not old enough to be a real classic (tomato juice wasn’t available until 1917), nor strictly a cocktail (no bitters), the drink was invented in the 1920s. Its creation was claimed both by the renowned…

2 min.
the classic cashmere coat

It’s the super sports car of overcoats. You don’t need a cashmere coat. You want one. You crave its sleek lines, its racy performance and the way it purrs when you touch it. And like an aspirational Aston Martin DB11 that you never use as a station car, this is not your everyday coat—even while it’s built for both comfort and speed. Of course, what makes this pricey coat go is the cashmere, the original luxury fiber, named for the Kashmir region of India. Its mountainous terrain spawned the double-fleeced goat that gives up its hair for our comfort. The animal has an outer coat of rough hair that protects the downy fur below. The latter wool (it’s almost an insult to its fineness to use that term) is what makes…

1 min.
the seminole hard rock hotel & casino

You might think that the world’s first guitar-shaped hotel would land in a place like Nashville or Las Vegas or maybe somewhere near the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Instead, this spectacle rises 450 feet into the sky from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood—that’s Hollywood, Florida, not Tinseltown. The colossal guitar not only holds 638 new hotel rooms, but is part of Hard Rock’s $1.5 billion expansion that includes lagoon-like pool areas, 150,000 square feet of gambling, and a gleaming marble promenade lined with boutique retail shops. Dining, as you’d expect, runs the gamut from high-end restaurants to more approachable, casual fare. Smoking is allowed in most of the casino areas, and the retail promenade has a Davidoff cigar shop and lounge where you can light up before…

2 min.
bowlus road chief

Sleek. That’s the word for the born-again Bowlus Road Chief trailers. These are not your father’s boxy recreational vehicles. They are the born-again editions of what your grandfather might have craved: classic, stream-lined, aluminum-clad, off-grid RVs. Except that today’s target customer—as imagined on the company’s website—tows one with a Porsche Panamera, not a Cadillac. Dubbed a “luxury aluminum travel trailer,” this is the reincarnation of the 1934 Bowlus, designed by aircraft engineer and builder (The Spirit of St. Louis) Hawley Bowlus. Even while the original production lasted only two years, it would set the standard for aerodynamic trailers, predating by two years (and inspiring) the Airstream. Its rebirth was serendipity. The parents of Geneva Long found a 1935 version in a field in Washington in 2000 and restored it. In 2011,…

2 min.
kurobuta pork

While the term is Japanese for “black pig” and today’s gourmets call it the “Wagyu of pork,” the breed arose in an English county, where it got the name Berkshire. But whatever you call Kurobuta, this distinctly pink-hued and heavily marbled meat has been prized for centuries for its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, juicy flavors and clean-tasting fat. Jet-black, save for white hooves and snout, the Berkshire is one of the world’s oldest pig breeds—and the first to record pedigrees. Berkshire pigs were originally a sandy-brown color until they were crossbred with a Chinese and Siamese breed in the 1700s. In the 19th century, a strain of Berkshire pig was imported to Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture and some are now named for that district. The Asian nation had long had a healthy taste for…