In the November/December 2012 Cigar Aficionado

Ernie Els

In the December issue of Cigar Aficionado, British Open Champion Ernie Els talks not only of life on the links, but about his life far beyond the golf tour. Also, a look back at the dangerous days of the Cuban missile crisis, how tournament poker is picking up pace as well as our extensive travel guide. Plus, an interview with La Palina brand owner Bill Paley, our annual holiday gift guide of cigar gear and ratings for 75 smokes.

Up Front

Editors' Note
Wrong About Cuba Again

Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

A pen for all reasons.

Wii U explores another universe.

Krug’s singular Champagnes.

Ski boots with the ultimate fit.

Watches made for dressing to the nines.

Lexus LS

A great escape in the Florida Keys.

Slot car layouts with a lot of zoom.

Custom shirts put luxury within reach.

America’s signature side dish for the holidays.


The Legend of Els
A surprise win at the British Open laid to rest any doubts about the talent of Ernie Els. But the South African is a multifaceted man whose life goes far beyond the golf tour.
Kohler's Bold Look
Herb Kohler, scion of the internationally known plumbing fixtures company, also has a love affair with golf and has translated it into big business, with locations in Wisconsin and St Andrews.
Poker's Big, Bad Beat
Outlawing online poker didn’t just send players scurrying abroad for action. It stripped the bankrolls of top players and sank televised sponsorship. So how come tournament poker is making a comeback?
The Caribbean's Finest
The West Indies offers an Eden for everyone. From the biggest to the smallest, from golf resorts to all-inclusives, our expert parses the best of the best in the Caribbean.
GPS to the Max
GPS isn’t just about navigation anymore as the technology finds its way into all sorts of gadgets and even onto the golf course.
Gift Guide
Presents Perfect
From Cuba to the Far East, from white-on-white to classic wood tones, there is an array of cigar-smoker gift choices in a range of popular motifs this season.
Prime Time
We look at the best watches in a number of categories, including diving, driving, flying, boating and just plain looking great.
Disaster Averted
It’s been 50 years since Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball over the Cuban missile crisis. A look back at the most dangerous days in history offers some valuable insights.


Connoisseur's Corner: Two 100-Point Dunhills

Charles Gasparino
The financial reporter for Fox Business Network fashions himself something of a Wall Street watchdog and cigars are one of his reportorial tools.
La Palina's Next Act
William Paley Jr. follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, not his more famous father, to revamp La Palina, the oldest new brand on the market.
Cuba Report
A Cigar's Journey
Our man in Havana, Gordon Mott, follows the passage of a tobacco leaf as it enters the La Corona Factory and emerges a full-fledged Cuban cigar.

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