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April 2007

Great Cigars I Have Smoked: A Lesson in Inconsistency

Posted: Apr 24, 2007 10:28am ET

One of my first lessons in how cigars can be incredibly inconsistent came during the first few months after we had launched Cigar Aficionado. At the time, our ratings system was causing a bit of a storm in the cigar industry.

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How I Almost Did Not Survive My First Cigar Factory Visit

Posted: Apr 18, 2007 1:13pm ET

I was excited. It was spring of 1992, and Marvin Shanken and I headed off the Dominican Republic to tour the nation’s cigar factories. I had been smoking cigars for nearly 15 years, but I had never actually set foot inside an honest to goodness factory.

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The Cigar Bridge

Posted: Apr 13, 2007 4:10pm ET

"Cigars bridge all kinds of gaps, ideological, political…they promote harmony and a feeling of getting along.” Those words from Rush Limbaugh drew huge applause from the cigars lovers gathered in New York last night for Cigar Aficionado’s Night to Remember dinner, the magazine’s annual fund-raiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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My Dream Car

Posted: Apr 9, 2007 10:05am ET

“Beautiful is more difficult than different.” If you think about that for a second, it’s a pretty profound statement. And it came from an automobile designer. Not just any designer, but a man named Ian Callum, who is the chief design engineer at Jaguar.

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Three Matches

Posted: Apr 5, 2007 4:50pm ET

When we launched the Cigar Cinema videos in March, there were a lot of comments on CigarAficionado.com about cigar lighting techniques. Both James Suckling and I were questioned about the methods that we used to get our Bolivar Royal Coronas fired up.

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The Long Winter

Posted: Apr 2, 2007 9:30am ET

I’m not naturally disposed to feel sorry for cigarette smokers. But for the last three months in the midst of winter’s deep freeze in New York, you can’t help but share their pain. They are easy to spot.

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