In the September/October 2016 Cigar Aficionado


Ray Lewis

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.

Watch video clips of the interview.

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. On newsstands now.



Up Front

Editors' Note
The Real Ray Lewis

Letters
Out Of The Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
The ultimate headphones.

Drink
Cognac’s small world gets bigger.

Sport
Going compact with your bike.

Cigars
Put ash in the glass: crystal ashtrays.

Time
Skull tourbillons face the inevitable.

Wheels
Mercedes drives into the future.

Places
The spa that’s a wake-up call.

Fun
A bucket-list tour for whiskey lovers.

Style
Picking a pocket watch.

Gourmet
Beef ages gracefully.

Features

Cover
The Real Ray Lewis
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.
Golf
Greens Of The Emerald Isle
The storied links of southwest Ireland are playing better than ever, while new courses are making a name for themselves.
Gambling
You’re Busted!
A casino surveillance expert reveals the card-counting cover-ups, chip-swapping ruses and blunt-force scams of Las Vegas cheaters.
Sports
NFL Preview
Our pigskin prognosticator Danny Sheridan makes his predictions on the winners in each of football’s divisions as well as the Super Bowl.
Watches
The Year’s Top 10
The best of the best at the watch shows distinguished themselves by daring to be great in a cautious climate.
Drink
Rum And Cigars
Yo, ho, ho and 18 bottles of rum—with two cigars. The artisanal products of the tropics prove to be natural partners.

Cigars

Tasting
Connoisseur’s Corner
A tasting of cigars from various vintages: one from the 1950s, another rolled just 11 years ago and an old classic that flirted with absolute cigar perfection.
Brands
The Story Of San Lotano
Tobacco farmer and cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez will move mountains to make a better product.
Profile
Michael Cudlitz
One of the stars of TV’s popular “The Walking Dead” is walking—and smoking—tall, at least for now.
Cuba Report
Moving A Monument
Long a Havana landmark, the Partagás cigar factory has moved into new digs.
Made For You
Made For You
A connoisseur’s beer glass; steam punk at the dining table; an all-in-one cigar kit; power to the truffle powder; the ashtray as high art and a liquor locker at a casino.


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