In the January/February 2016 Cigar Aficionado


Damian Lewis

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.


Up Front

Editors' Note
Thoughts for the Year Ahead

Letters
Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
Steinway classes up player pianos.

Drink
Beer coolers for your Super Bowl party.

Sport
Tying your own fishing flies.

Cigars
Putting cigar jars to good use.

Time
Breitling Emergency II to the rescue.

Wheels
BMW 7 Series shows its smart side.

Collecting
The joy of rare books.

Places
The majesty of Nicaragua Mukul.

Style
Estate jackets: not just for gentry.

Gourmet
Meat grinding isn’t a grind.

Features

Cover
Damian Lewis’s “Billions”
The star of “Homeland” returns to television as a hedge-fund rogue with a common touch, bringing his knack for playing complex characters with a sympathetic side.
Golf
The New Path To The PGA Tour
Highly competitive and professional, the Web.Com Tour is supplanting the PGA qualifying school as the road to the big time. And the explosion of talent has established stars wondering, “Who are these guys?”
Gambling
Betting On Fantasy
The daily fantasy sports industry says that theirs is a game of skill, but many claim that it seems a lot like gambling. Will this new gaming sensation go the way of Internet poker?
Culture
Global Threats Hit Home
In the wake of a series of barbaric acts of terrorism—both at home and abroad—Congressman Peter King, with his deep background in security and counterintelligence, assesses the risks.

Cigars

Tasting
Connoisseur's Corner

Cuba Report
Life After Embargo?
Cuba’s tobacco monopoly is taking a long-range view at the possibility of an opened U.S. market. The plans include increased plantings, the training of new rollers and additional factories.
Q&A
Alan Rubin Of Alec Bradley
For cigarmakers, being chosen No. 1 Cigar of the Year is a dream come true, but our interview with Alan Rubin reveals that it can come with headaches.
Made For You
Made For You
Serious shirting; a street-legal tank; cigar-punch cuff links; Riedel’s Champagne glass; cigar box guitars; and the ultimate James Bond dossier.


Ratings & Reviews

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