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January/February 2014 Issue : Editors' Note

Cream of the Crop

For the third time since we started awarding a cigar of the year in 2004, we have given the title to a Cuban cigar, a Montecristo No. 2. The iconic...more

Posted: February 1, 2014    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


November/December 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

Cigar Truths

Will the government and the media ever stop lumping premium handrolled cigars together with products like machine-made and flavored cigars? That...more

Posted: December 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


September/October 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

The State of Cigars

Every so often, we like to step back to reflect on what’s happening in the world of cigars. The answer today is pretty simple. The state of the...more

Posted: October 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


September/October 2013 Issue : News & Features

Remembering James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini’s star trailer was simple. Positioned right outside Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York, where many scenes for the HBO hit...more

Posted: October 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken


July/August 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

Going Too Far

Dinner had begun at the Four Seasons restaurant, and Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani stepped up to the dais. "When I first became mayor of New York City,...more

Posted: August 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


May/June 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

A State of Mind

The Good Life. A Good Life. Living Good. Good Living. Simple words. Each combination of those words means something a little different, but each one...more

Posted: June 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


March/April 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

An Ambassador for Cigars

We usually don’t spend a lot of time on this page talking about the issue’s cover subject. But Jeremy Irons deserves a tip of our hats. Which...more

Posted: April 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


January/February 2013 Issue : Editors' Note

Questions and Thoughts for 2013

It’s that time of year again. We’re not much for resolutions, but it’s a good time to ponder what’s coming down the highway, and what are...more

Posted: February 1, 2013    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


November/December 2012 Issue : Editors' Note

Wrong About Cuba Again

In 2011, the U.S. Government loosened the restrictions on travel to Cuba, allowing more “people-to-people” visits for religious, medical and...more

Posted: December 1, 2012    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


September/October 2012 Issue : Editors' Note

Twenty Years of Good Living

Twenty years! In August, 1992, we held the first copy, fresh off the printing presses, of Cigar Aficionado. Holding that glossy magazine in our hands...more

Posted: November 6, 2012    By Marvin R. Shanken / Gordon Mott


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