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In the January/February 2009
Cigar Aficionado


The newest Cigar Aficionado features special reports on Cuba and U.S. relations. A foreign policy expert explains why and how the embargo should be lifted while James Suckling writes about the last 50 years of the Cuban cigar industry. This issue also brings readers our highly anticipated Top 25 Cigars of 2008 list, as well as 78 cigar ratings with notes. Also, check out an exclusive interview with the father-and-son team of Alberto and Alejandro Turrent, the men who run Te-Amo.

Up Front Good Life Guide Features
    Cigars : Cigars and Cuba: 50 Years of History - Premium hand-rolled cigars, the pride of the island, have seen ups and downs since the revolution, but still remain the world's benchmark smokes

    Cover : Open Cuba Now - It’s time to normalize relations with our neighbor to the south. An expert on Cuban affairs drafts an open memo to the incoming U.S. president explaining why and how the embargo should be lifted.

    Travel : Inside Havana - Dining and lodging options in Cuba's capital remain virtually unchanged, but a few venues still stand out. Here are the best places to stay and eat.

    History : Talking with Castro - For most of the last 50 years, nearly every U.S. president has negotiated secretly with the government of Cuba in bids to resolve the two nations' conflicts

    Industry : Te-Amo's Alberto and Alejandro Turrent - The father-son team that runs Mexico's largest cigar-tobacco operation and makes the famous Te-Amo brand discusses the family's 110-year history of growing in that country.

    Cuba Report : After the Storms - Two hurricanes ravaged Cuba's main tobacco growing regions last summer, clouding the outlook for the future supply of cigars


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