Good Life Guide
For the first time anywhere, Cigar Aficionado’s Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken tells the whole story of how he came to create a magazine that would capture the imagination (and passion) of cigar smokers everywhere.
From the inaugural issue of what was seemingly an odd-duck magazine tailored for a very specialized niche market to the explosion of cigar smoking to the unbridled excitement of the Big Smokes, Cigar Aficionado has always been a publishing anomaly…and a cultural game changer.
We’ve gathered the 112 Cigar Aficionado covers to celebrate the presidents, generals, actors, athletes and legends who have been the face of the magazine.
Our first issue contained an essay by the distinguished journalist Gay Talese about his ritual of “walking my cigar” and it garnered unwarranted ire. We ask him 20 years hence how that has changed.
Freud, Churchill, Groucho and more answer in their own words the burning questions of smoking.
For the first time since 1997 we reopen the doors of the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame, welcoming nine new members: Carlos Fuente Jr., Hendrik Kelner, Robert Levin, Benjamin Menendez, José Orlando Padrón, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Nestor Plasencia, Manuel Quesada and José Seijas.
We asked a coterie of elite cigar men (and some women) to look back to where their businesses were 20 years ago and to comment on how the cigar boom changed their lives.
How the sleepy cigar industry went from a dying craft to an enormous fad and weathered the inevitable crash.
In 20 years, the editors have selflessly smoked thousands of cigars, assessing them for our ratings pages. We examine the process and the numbers behind this core aspect of the magazine.
Our editors give picks in eclectic categories from favorite Big Smokes to ah-ha moments.
The good life apart from cigars has also changed in 20 years. Our contributing editors in automotives, travel, golf, technology, gambling and spirits survey the vast changes.
A rash of tediously slow tournament golfers is plaguing the professional game and threatening to spill over to local clubs as duffers imitate their idols.
Hotels won’t admit it, but most have a VIP pecking order by which they give their loyal customers the royal treatment. What should you expect when you get on an innkeeper’s good side?
Why does the NFL quarterback rating system consistently deny its passing legends access to the higher reaches of the ziggurat? We examine a flawed system that puts Aaron Rodgers at No.1, but has Joe Montana as an also-ran.
Say aloha to Les Drent, a cigarmaking pioneer who brought tobacco growing to Kauai and aims to create a smoke that’s as good as—if different than—a Nicaraguan cigar.
We rate 78 cigars in six sizes: Churchills, corona gordas, figurados, lonsdales, petite coronas, and robustos plus Connoisseur’s Corner, our vintage cigar tasting.