In the November/December 2016 Cigar Aficionado


Mario Carbone

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.



Up Front

Editors' Note
Government Meddling at its Worst

Letters
Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

Electronics
Flashlights get serious.

Drink
The top-ticket Tequilas.

Sport
Pool cues in a humidor?

Cigars
Bullet cutters that aim to please.

Time
Downsized watches find their time.

Wheels
Hyundai goes luxe with Genesis.

Collecting
Maps that are off the charts.

Places
Go where winter vacation was born.

Style
Wearing your cigars on your chest.

Gourmet
Beef Wellington: inside and out.

Features

Cover
Smoking Chefs
Nothing like a good cigar to get things cooking. We talk to a pantheon of famous chefs who share Carbone’s love of the leaf.
Taking The Helm
Young chef Mario Carbone prepares to head the former site of the legendary Four Seasons, and it feels like playing Yankee Stadium.
Golf
Furyk’s Round For The Ages
A dismal 73 on Thursday could never portend the PGA-record number Jim Furyk would put up on Sunday: 58.
Travel
Islands of Adventure
Our panel of experts picks the top vacation spots bound by water, including the best islands to dine, golf and—of course—enjoy great cigars.
Gift Guide
Going Concerns
Top-tier cigar gifts tailored for men on the move—whether they take to the road, waves or sky.
Drink
For The Love Of Peat
Scotch whiskies with pronounced peat deliver smoke that pairs well with a good cigar. We taste 11 classics against two cigars.

Cigars

Tasting
Connoisseur’s Corner
It may have taken nearly 30 years, but a Cuban Davidoff has reached peak perfection. And a former Cigar of the Year gets a reprise tasting eight years later.
Profile
Mike Piazza
One of baseball’s best-hitting catchers, Piazza developed a taste for cigars during an unlikely rise to glory.
Cuba Report
The New Cigar Stars Of Cuba
The very best cigars made in Cuba today, a must for any connoisseur.
News
In Memoriam: Carlos Fuente Sr.
The hardworking head of one of the cigar world’s great family dynasties left a legacy of innovation.
Interview
Fernando Domínguez
The director of premium cigars at Imperial Group talks about developments in Cuban cigars.
Made For You
Made For You
A wine glass that aerates; par-for-the-course pants; Ferragamo goes custom; pearls of caviar wisdom; a private pilot’s dream; and biking in wine country.


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