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January/February 2015
In this issue

Liam Neeson • January/February 2015

Actor Liam Neeson is the thinking man's movie star, having taken on roles and personas that range from the serious to the action hero. The February issue of Cigar Aficionado tells the story of Neeson’s career and his thoughts on acting. Plus, an exclusive interview with former mafia scion John Gotti Jr.; the resurgence of Nat Sherman cigars; and a comparison of thriving Las Vegas to waning Atlantic City.

Features

Getting Gotti

Getting Gotti

It’s a warm and clear autumn Sunday in a typical Long Island suburb. Patched into the middle of town is a small park where parents in windbreakers stand along the sidelines of …

Legendary Shots

Legendary Shots

Here’s the thing about golf shots. The most majestic 300-yard drive, the most divine 200-yard approach shot, the most rapturous 40-foot putt and the simplest 1-inch tap-in all …

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Viewed from the distance of a highway, Atlantic City’s skyline never exactly inspired awe. But its familiar, shimmering casino logos still managed to trigger the buzzy anticipatio…

The Hero Inside

The Hero Inside

Liam Neeson takes a sip of his tea, his mitts dwarfing the mug in his large hands. He’s speaking about the role that made him a star, the lead in Steven Spielberg’s monumental …

Cigars

Resetting the Clock

Resetting the Clock

With renewed focus and energy, Nat Sherman breathes new life into its formerly sleepy cigar business

Cuba's New Tobacco Ambassador

Cuba's New Tobacco Ambassador

The men at the elevators at Cigar Aficionado's New York City offices last summer looked like any other group of cigarmakers—wearing guayaberas or sleek fashionable outfits and …

Ratings from this Issue

96
points

Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

Issue Date: January 1, 2015
Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado
95
points

E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III

Issue Date: January 1, 2015
E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III
95
points

Illusione Fume d'Amour Clementes

Issue Date: January 1, 2015
Illusione Fume d'Amour Clementes
94
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)

Issue Date: January 1, 2015
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)

Up Front

Saying No to the Smoke Police

Saying No to the Smoke Police

You may have never heard of Westminster, Massachusetts. But remember the name. This small American town recently served as a battlefield for the war against cigars, and in this …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I have been a subscriber for many years. This is really a man’s man cigar cover. Kudos to you. Barry Stein Boca Raton, Florida Dear Marvin, A great magazine …

The Good Life

Made For You, February 2015

Made For You, February 2015

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The "Made for You" section celebrates those items that are …

Montage Kapalua Bay, Hawaii

Montage Kapalua Bay, Hawaii

“My goal was to do something different than what everyone else was doing on Maui,” says executive chef Rico Bartolome of Cane & Canoe, the gourmet restaurant venue at the …

Oh!Val Ashtray

Oh!Val Ashtray

Escaping our frenetic lives to be alone with a cigar is not only one of life’s simple pleasures, but it’s good for the psyche as well. This relatively brief period of time away …

Strip House Steak Knives

Strip House Steak Knives

You’ve invested time and money sourcing the perfect steak, obsessing over things like breed, feed and aging. Now that you’ve finally found a purveyor who can bring you these …

Lincoln MKC

Lincoln MKC

Remember Lincoln? No, not the guy whose picture is on the $5 bill, but the once-formidable nameplate that vied with Cadillac for dominance in the U.S. luxury car market. While …

Stylish Divers

Stylish Divers

Whether you’re jetting off to Maui, Mustique or another island paradise for your winter escape, this year’s handsome dive watches are go-to timepieces for fun in the sun. Equipped …

The Flannel Shirt

The Flannel Shirt

Flannel is a fabric of many faces. Depending on how it’s worn the worsted material with the comforting nap can evoke widely varying images. It’s the uniform of hard work and …

Philips Hue Smart Light Bulb

Philips Hue Smart Light Bulb

Hanging a pair of shelves, I became intimately acquainted with my building’s stratigraphy. Its stubborn concrete, moldering plaster and decades of amassed paint made scrap of my …

The Canadian Invasion

The Canadian Invasion

It took the Civil War and a Constitutional amendment for Canadian whisky to get recognition south of the border in the United States. Now we can expect a third wave as distillers …

Schiller Water Bike

Schiller Water Bike

Think of two of the most exhilarating breakthroughs of childhood: learning to ride a bike and learning to swim. With the former you use balance to defy gravity and provide …

Backgammon

Backgammon

On a cold winter night at home, with the fire roaring, fine cigars clipped and single-malt Scotch making the rounds, backgammon provides a snazzy diversion. The game, typically …