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January/February 2012
In this issue

100 Years of Fuente—Celebrating a Family Dynasty • January/February 2012

A century ago, a young Cuban immigrant named Arturo Fuente first rolled cigars under that name. In the February issue of Cigar Aficionado, we look back at the phenomenal success of the Fuente brand and the family dynasty that carries on its legacy and commemorates its many triumphs today. Plus, we reveal our annual Top 25 Cigars of 2011, take a look at the next generation of golfers poised to occupy golf's leaderboards and tell you how to avoid sucker bets on NFL's Super Bowl. Also, we speak with cigar smoker and political commentator Sean Hannity, go under the tents to see how Connecticut Shade wrapper is grown and look back at Cuba's limited and regional edition cigars from the past year.

Features

One Hundred Years of Fuente

One Hundred Years of Fuente

The warehouses were completely engulfed in flames, and the firefighters were losing the battle. The men and women attacked the fire, spurting water through the windows of the …

The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard

In the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , Paul Newman as Butch and the Sundance Kid, played by Robert Redford, pause at the top of a mountain to consider the …

The Biggest Bet in Sports

The Biggest Bet in Sports

Placing a big bet on America’s biggest game is on the rise. Super Bowl wagering in  Nevada has been on a steady uptick for the past two years. After a drop during the 2007 to 2009 …

Cigars

Telling It Like It Is

Telling It Like It Is

Sean Hannity has led Fox News to the No. 1 slot on television with his unflinching conservative beliefs

Exclusive Habanos

Exclusive Habanos

Limited and Regional Editions are expanding the global portfolio of Habanos S.A.

Secrets of Connecticut Shade

Secrets of Connecticut Shade

The hot new thing in the humidor is a wrapper leaf dating back more than 110 years

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011

Issue Date: February 1, 2012
Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011
92
points

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo Maduro

Issue Date: February 1, 2012
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo Maduro
92
points

Sancho Panza Belicoso

Issue Date: February 1, 2012
Sancho Panza Belicoso
92
points

Ramon Allones Especiales Exclusivo Suiza

Issue Date: February 1, 2012
Ramon Allones Especiales Exclusivo Suiza

Up Front

A Well-Deserved Honor

A Well-Deserved Honor

We have never done this before—put cigar makers on the cover of Cigar Aficionado . But the Fuente family, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in the cigar business in 2012, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I have been a subscriber to your magazine for many years and I would like to tell you that I found the December issue to be the finest you’ve ever made. Like my …

The Good Life

Transcend GPS Ski Goggles

Transcend GPS Ski Goggles

Perhaps it’s the Liquid Crystal Display inside Zeal Optics’ Transcend ski goggles that gives them their James Bond feel. Or maybe it’s their built-in Global Positioning System, …

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

My left foot is firmly planted on the brake, my right jamming the throttle to the floor as the engine bounces off the rev limiter. With the track manager giving me a wave, I lift …

Rocksmith

Rocksmith

Like many guys, I was a self-taught six-chord guitar player growing up. Even managed to teach myself some primitive finger picking, but girls were unimpressed, and I had no money …

St. Regis, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

St. Regis, Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

Makai is Hawaiian for “towards the sea” and therein lays the beauty and the peril of this course. Hole 7, my favorite, is played over the ocean. The tee is on a slight peninsula, …

Couture Cases

Couture Cases

When transporting and protecting cigars on the go is the objective, the choices are many and they start with a simple plastic bag. But when carrying a certain sense of style is …

Rhône Whites

Rhône Whites

Red wine and steak. Red wine and cigars. Red wine and just about anything grilled. It seems hard to beat red wine. Heck, some even say that “all wines would be red if they could.” …

French Bonbons

French Bonbons

When it comes to convections, purists will tout couverture and bar chocolate. But if fun is the objective—and when is it not?—follow the French candy makers who have made an …

Texture Time

Texture Time

Between super woolens, hyperfine cashmeres and even more rarified fabrics, things have been going pretty smoothly in the world of high fashion sport coats. But, as with all things …

Racing Watches

Racing Watches

Watchmakers have been using design elements to tie into the high-octane world of motor racing since the dawn of the automobile—which came coincidentally about the time that …

Cheese Making

Cheese Making

Until I tried making cheddar cheese, I never knew how working with raw milk compared to loving a beautiful woman. And like a beautiful woman, how easily cheddar can break your …