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Jan/Feb 2008
In this issue

The Blues Brothers • Jan/Feb 2008

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, and take the stage with the Blues Brothers. Also, the Top 25 Cigars of 2007, a Cuban rarity from 2000, a tour of Miami's Calle Ocho, and ratings and notes on 79 cigars. 

Features

Singin' the Blues

Singin' the Blues

"Good Evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, It's Showtime," the disembodied voice of a backstage announcer echoes over the pounding downbeat of a blues boogie, "as the 11th annual …

Rebirth of a Classic

Rebirth of a Classic

George Sanossian had more than just a round of golf on his mind as he and Greg Hurd prepared to hit their opening tee shots at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Sanossian, the …

More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer:

More Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: "The Shotmaker" Hits Las Vegas and the Monterey Peninsula

I checked off another course on my wish list in 2007. I got to play Cypress Point in mid-November. This round followed two days of golf at Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach. …

Cigars

Turning the Top Tables

Turning the Top Tables

How the legendary New York restaurateur Ken Aretsky built a fabled résumé of fine dining establishments -- including Patroon, '21' Club and Oren & Aretsky -- from a humble start …

Entering and Leaving Cigar Heaven

Entering and Leaving Cigar Heaven

Robustos and large cigars are still dominating the rolling rooms in Cuba's factories

Little Havana

Little Havana

If you're a cigar smoker, Calle Ocho offers even more. In a way, it's America's cigar central, and there is no other place quite like it in the world of cigar making. The vast …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

God of Fire By Don Carlos Robusto 2005

Issue Date: February 1, 2008
God of Fire By Don Carlos Robusto 2005
93
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 2008
Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto
92
points

Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto

Issue Date: February 1, 2008
Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto
92
points

Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Torpedo

Issue Date: February 1, 2008
Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Torpedo

Up Front

The Best Cigars of 2007

The Best Cigars of 2007

Every year, the editors of Cigar Aficionado have one of the best tasks in the cigar world: smoking and rating the top 25 cigars of the year. In 2007, it was the fourth time we …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, So here's me on a Wednesday afternoon between classes at school in the Dominican Republic. I have an hour or so before my next class, so I grab the newspaper and …

The Good Life

The Double Blade Cutter

The Double Blade Cutter

If you were expecting that S.T. Dupont's first-ever release of a double-blade guillotine-style cutter, coming as it does on the occasion of the company's 135th anniversary, would …

Pioneer Kuro Plasma

Pioneer Kuro Plasma

Just a few short years ago, the mere sight of a flat-screen, high-definition television could stop you in your tracks. The slim design! The glorious picture! The sheer size of …

Power Plate

Power Plate

It may look like a Segway minus the wheels, but Power Plate is a new way to stay fit that works by shaking you into shape on a vibrating platform that promises greater strength …

Treat Your Feet

Treat Your Feet

Fashion fails when it flaunts flash but scrimps on comfort. But here's a stylistic direction that's all about luxury with the lowest of profiles: wrap your feet in socks made of …

Audi S5

Audi S5

I went to Hell and back to test-drive the new Audi S5. Hell, Michigan, that is, the farming community, west of Detroit, with tortuous roads that pose the perfect test for the …

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

A tourbillon movement in a diver's watch that functions at depths of 900 feet may be a bit of overkill, but with the Fifty Fathoms on your wrist, at least you'll know that the …

Bodacious Blends

Bodacious Blends

Single malts are the only Scotch whiskies worthy of a connoisseur Scotch, and blends are meant for pikers and mixed drinks. Right? Wrong! Just when it seemed as if blended …

Chocolate, American Style

Chocolate, American Style

While stylish imports bought at twee and alarmingly expensive stores were once the only real option for true connoisseurs, at last the chocoholic with a patriotic bent can salve …

Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

You bask in the sunlight on your veranda after a deliciously refreshing dip in your private pool. Laid out before you is a perfect view of the Indian Ocean, a powdery white sand …

PokerPro

PokerPro

If you've ever blamed a dealer for your inability to know when to hold or fold 'em at the poker table, a neat new piece of technology has done away with that excuse. PokerPro …