Cigar Aficionado Magazine Archives

Mario Carbone • November/December 2016
Young chef Mario Carbone prepares to head the former site of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant in New York City, and it feels like playing Yankee Stadium. Read all about Carbone and the pantheon of famous chefs who share a love of fine cigars in December's Cigar Aficionado. Plus, a look at the world's best island destinations, Jim Furyk makes PGA Tour history and Mike Piazza develops a taste for cigars during an unlikely rise to glory. Our holiday gift guide displays top-tier cigar gifts tailored for men on the move, while the Cuba Report shows off must-have cigars for any connoisseur. Also, our panel of cigar-smoking editors rates 82 cigars from around the world, including a commemorative release that scored 94 points. On newsstands now.

Ray Lewis • September/October 2016

Ray Lewis, known as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, opens up to Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken about the complicated upbringing that drove his on-field tenacity. Lewis speaks about his impoverished beginnings (he was born when his mom was 15 years old and didn't really know his father until age 33), his record-setting Baltimore Ravens football career, his arrest and subsequent acquittal for double murder, his commitment to improving race relations, police brutality in America and much more.

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Also, we head to the Emerald Isle to see the storied links of southwest Ireland, have a smoke with actor Michael Cudlitz from the hit TV series "The Walking Dead", and our pigskin prognosticator Danny Sheridan makes his predictions on the upcoming NFL season. Plus, our tasting panel rates 81 cigars across six categories: Churchill, corona gorda, double corona, figurado, panetela and robusto.

Adam Rayner • July/August 2016
Adam Rayner and the cast of "Tyrant" bring a story of power and betrayal alive in cable TV's most exciting show. August's Cigar Aficionado takes an in-depth look at the new FX series that’s been referred to as "an Arab version of The Godfather." Plus, we examine the latest trend in European golfers winning big on the PGA tour, explore the classic cars of Cuba and the revival of Downtown Las Vegas. We also rate 82 cigars across six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, figurado, grande, petit corona and robusto.
Sean Combs • May/June 2016
Hip-hop-artist-turned-entrepreneur Sean Combs has created a multifaceted business empire, but it is about more than just the Benjamins. Read all about Combs’ success in June’s Cigar Aficionado. Plus, find out how PGA star Rickie Fowler added $1 million to the efforts of the Els for Autism Foundation with an unforgettable hole-in-one, go inside the new trend of luxury movie theaters, discover the novels of cigar-smoking author Ronald Balson, and celebrate the 90th birthday of cigar legend José Orlando Padrón. Plus, 80 cigars rated in six sizes: Churchill, corona, corona gorda, figurado, miscellaneous and robusto.
Jeremy Piven • March/April 2016
Moving seamlessly from the abrasive agent on “Entourage” to the gentleman retailer of “Mr Selfridge,” Jeremy Piven proves his acting range. Read about Piven's illustrious career, and his love of fine cigars, in the April Cigar Aficionado. Plus, we go inside London's cigar scene, celebrate 50 years of Cuba’s legendary Cohiba brand and explore the inspiring story of the Broadway sensation On Your Feet! And as always, we rate 81 cigars across six categories: Churchill, Corona Gorda, Figurado, Lonsdale, Panetela and Robusto.
Damian Lewis • January/February 2016
Actor Damian Lewis, the former star of “Homeland,” returns to television as a hedge-fund rogue with a common touch in the upcoming Showtime series “Billions.” Read about his knack for playing complex characters with a sympathetic side in February's Cigar Aficionado, on newsstands now. Plus, we go inside the world of fantasy sports betting, look at the potential future of Cuban cigars in a post-embargo market and Congressman Peter King assesses the risks facing Americans today. Additionally, we rate 104 cigars, including Cigar Aficionado's annual list of the Top 25 Cigars of the Year.

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