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January/February 2009
In this issue

Cuba • January/February 2009

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.

Features

Memo to President Obama

Memo to President Obama

Just before Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States in 2009, we published our January/February issue that dedicated its pages to Cuba and …

Cigars and Cuba: 50 Years of History

Cigars and Cuba: 50 Years of History

Alejandro Robaina walks slowly with a gentle shuffle from his bedroom to the porch of his pink stucco house, just outside the western Cuban town of San Luís, to greet visitors. …

Talking with Castro

Talking with Castro

In late August of 1994, the Nobel Prize—winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez traveled to Martha's Vineyard for a dinner with President Bill Clinton. "Gabo wanted to come and …

Inside Havana

Inside Havana

Change is a relative word in Havana. The status quo generally prevails in Cuba, with the exception of natural disasters like the three hurricanes in 2008. For example, a regular …

Cigars

Te-Amo's Alberto and Alejandro Turrent

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.

After the Storms

After the Storms

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

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Saint Luis Rey Churchill

Issue Date: February 1, 2009
Saint Luis Rey  Churchill
92
points

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Natural

Issue Date: February 1, 2009
Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Natural
91
points

H. Upmann No. 2

Issue Date: February 1, 2009
H. Upmann No. 2
91
points

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Issue Date: February 1, 2009
H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

Up Front

Time to Change Our Cuba Policy

Time to Change Our Cuba Policy

History occurs in two ways: across long periods of slow-moving, apparently meaningless, events, or sometimes, in gut-wrenching cataclysms. Change occurs in both instances. Cuba …

The Good Life

Navigon 7200T

Navigon 7200T

The evolution of technology devices toward ever greater functionality and sophistication never seems to slow down. Just as the techies invent new ways to make devices smaller, …

Rosewood Mayakobá

Rosewood Mayakobá

Dramatic entrances are par for the course at Rosewood Mayakobá. Guests at this year-old property on Mexico's Riviera Maya, which forms part of the Yucatán's Mayakobá luxury …

The Scarf Revisited

The Scarf Revisited

Six months ago, a strange thing happened. The scarf became the ultimate fashion statement of terribly fashion-conscious New Yorkers. Everywhere you looked in the Big Apple, …

The Malt Report

The Malt Report

The arrival of cold weather is not only a good time to warm up with single-malt Scotches, but an exciting season to be sampling them as so many distilleries debut new spirits in …

Cigar Punch Cutter

Cigar Punch Cutter

Something is intrinsically fascinating about the perfect circle. Its mystical Euclidean elegance has captivated mathematicians, theologians and cigar smokers, which is why the …

BMW 335d

BMW 335d

Noisy, smelly, slow and definitely no fun to drive. Say what you will about diesels, you've probably got it all wrong—at least if you're talking about the latest generation of …

Cheese Sampler

Cheese Sampler

Americans love cheese today like never before. The greater availability of classic European varieties and a burgeoning movement in artisanal American cheese, as well as a growing …

Hublot Aero Bang

Hublot Aero Bang

In last year's watch shows in Basel and Geneva, timepiece makers were particularly excited about the creation of more skeletons—not bones, but watches. The skeleton watch …

Ice Fishing Comes in From the Cold

Ice Fishing Comes in From the Cold

Before you dismiss ice fishing as a tough test meant for only the hardiest outdoorsmen who bundle up on wood stools, hunched over holes in the ice, praying for a bite before they …

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