30 Years Of Cigar Aficionado • November/December 2022
High Hopes For Jai Alai
The song is blaring, loudly, through the speakers at Miami’s Magic City Casino during an intermission between jai alai games on a Friday night. “Do you remember ... the 21st night …
Golf's Biggest Fight
Whoever thought that the greatest battles the golf world has ever seen wouldn’t be on the golf course? The Ryder Cup’s War by the Shore in 1991, which spurred similar friendly …
The Sherry Factor
The mention of Sherry may conjure images of little old ladies surrounded by dollies sipping from dainty glasses. Or more sinisterly, the fortified wine used to lure Fortunato to …
His advice is simple: “make peace with the chair”—the chair your butt fits in every day. Stephen Hunter has used his ethic of dogged persistence to great success—both as the …
Cigars And The Turning Of The Civil War
Union Gen. George McClellan could barely contain himself in a telegram sent to President Lincoln. It was September 13, 1862, and the president had wired the day prior, concerned …
The Magazine That Almost Didn’t Happen
The untold story of Marvin R. Shanken’s original cigar plan, and how it would have kept him from founding Cigar Aficionado 30 years ago.
Remembering The Interviews
Marvin R. Shanken has interviewed a host of fascinating people from all walks of life throughout the magazine’s 30-year history, here are all of his interviews that have become …
The Year Was 1992
The world was quite a different place when Cigar Aficionado magazine was launched 30 years ago, here’s a look back at key events that took place in 1992.
The Cigar Aficionado Super Fans
The Cigar Aficionado Super Fan Contest produced such great responses that Marvin R. Shanken decided just one winner wasn't enough. Take a look.
The Very Best
Thirty cigars, all of them classics, the very best from 30 years of reviews.
Cigar Prices, Then And Now
Looking back at 30 years of cigar pricing, and the days of quality $2 cigars.
10 Covers To Celebrate
We've had an amazing arrary of covers during our 30-year history. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Cigar Aficionado Hall Of Fame Class Of 2022
We welcome five new inductees to the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame, honoring the people who have truly made their mark on the world of fine cigars.
My Favorite Cigar
The legendary middle linebacker shares his go-to smoke.
Connoisseur’s Corner: Davidoff Dom Perignon (circa 1988)
This discontinued Cuban Dom Perignon performed remarkably well decades after it was first released.
The Untold Story Of Cigar Aficionado
David Savona, the executive editor of Cigar Aficionado and a member of the editorial team for the past 27 years, badgered me to give him an interview to help celebrate the …
The Good Life
Harris Tweed Cigar Cases
It’s been around for years as a uniform for outdoorsmen and scholars. Now, Scotland’s most prized tweed fabric has made its way to the cigar world, covering a series of handsome …
Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari
When Richard Mille kicked off its Ferrari partnership last summer, it took the checkered flag for ultrathin watches with the RM UP-01 Ferrari, clocking in at a record-breaking …
Since a certain spy first requested his Martinis with vodka, in place of gin, the name of that classic cocktail has been erroneously applied to just about anything served neat in …
Leather Weekend Bag
In the 1970s, luggage maker American Tourister ran a TV commercial in which a gorilla savagely beats up on one of the company’s hard-sided suitcases to show its durability. Such a …
Nantucket Bay Scallops
“We call them the candy of the sea,” Peter Ramsden, the head fishmonger of Foley Fish Co., says about Nantucket bay scallops. The fourth-generation leader of the New Bedford, …
Home Golf Simulators
Imagine hosting your foursome at a get-together in your garage or man cave on a winter’s night and teeing up for a round of golf at Pebble Beach or St Andrews while sipping whisky …
Among the excellent ways to pass time during a blizzard— or just inclement weather—is the unpredictable, ages-old game of backgammon. It also affords the luxury of a smoke. Just …