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January/February 2018
In this issue

Animal House • January/February 2018

Forty years ago, the movie no one thought could be made changed the face of cinematic comedy. In February's Cigar Aficionado, we revisit Animal House and find out what happened to its whacky inhabitants. Plus, we announce the Top 25 Cigars of 2017 and our annual list of best value cigars, sit down with legendary putter maker Scotty Cameron, explore the world of luxury safari travel and take a look at the peculiar stories of parallel brands, cigars that share the same names but are made in separate countries. Also, our panel of editors rated 79 cigars in six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, figurado, lonsdale, panetela and robusto. 

Features

The House That Roared

The House That Roared

It was the movie nobody wanted to make, a raunchy college tale filled with beer-soaked parties, a dead horse left in the office of the dean and the declaration that “fat, drunk …

The Putter King

The Putter King

Scotty Cameron couldn’t be more hands on. The legendary putter maker is an inventor, a designer, a machinist, an artisan and a promoter, deeply involved in every detail of the …

New Age Of Safaris

New Age Of Safaris

Tigers are rare super predators, not just at the top of their local food chain, but dominant in every way. The Bengal tiger, a solitary hunter, fears nothing and considers nothing …

Cigars

What’s In A Brand Name?

What’s In A Brand Name?

The peculiar stories of parallel brands, cigars that share the same names but are made in separate countries.

Connoisseur’s Corner, A 99-Point Hoyo de Monterrey Corona

Connoisseur’s Corner, A 99-Point Hoyo de Monterrey Corona

There are two reasons why pre-Castro Cuban cigars sell for such high prices at auction.

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

7-20-4 Lancero

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
7-20-4 Lancero
92
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan (Tubo)

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan (Tubo)
92
points

Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero
92
points

Montecristo Double Edmundo

Issue Date: February 1, 2018
Montecristo Double Edmundo

Up Front

Editors' Note: Shame on Apple

Editors' Note: Shame on Apple

Right now around 700 million people around the world are using an iPhone. Both of us have iPhones of our own. But lately, looking at our screens makes us sad. That’s because Apple …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, My compliments on a terrific and refreshing interview with Michael Jordan [December 2017]. Now I understand more fully why he ranked as the most popular athlete …

The Good Life

Laucala Island, Fiji

Laucala Island, Fiji

Touching down in a private plane on Laucala Island in Fiji, you may be reminded of the opening credits of the old TV show “Fantasy Island.” The requisite lush hillsides and …

High-End Turntables

High-End Turntables

Forget, for a moment, the palpable satisfaction of holding a physical record in your hand. And never mind the nostalgia that comes with the warm crackle and hiss of a needle …

Sous Vide Cooking

Sous Vide Cooking

It was December of 2008 and renowned chef Thomas Keller was on the “CBS Morning Show” demonstrating a seemingly arcane cooking method he used at his restaurants called sous vide …

London Shirt Making Comes to You

London Shirt Making Comes to You

The pinnacle of style is often equated with London bespoke clothing: garments cut and made specifically for the wearer. But there are downsides. In a suit, that kind of service …

Range Rover Velar

Range Rover Velar

Traveling in northern climes the weather changes quickly, so there’s something for everyone as we charge up the serpentine roadway linking Norway’s foreboding Kongen, Bispen and …

Bronze Watches

Bronze Watches

Since the turn of this century, high-performance, cutting-edge materials—from various kinds of carbon to high-tech ceramic to transparent sapphire crystal—have been the news in …

Scotch Cocktails

Scotch Cocktails

Renowned as the first whisky of the world, Scotch gets its fair share of praise, but what it doesn’t get is used in a lot of cocktails. Purists think it’s too precious to dilute. …

Squash

Squash

You’ve seen the pictures: two people dressed in all white, wielding racquets with tiny heads, are locked in a room with high walls, a small red line about 18 inches off the floor …

Montegrappa Cigar Pen

Montegrappa Cigar Pen

It’s fun to fly the flag of the lovers of the leaf with items—like cufflinks and novelty ties—that display cigar images. It’s rare that such an item could be mistaken for a cigar …

Winter Glamping

Winter Glamping

First, summer camping got its makeover. That daunting ritual in which you lug a tent under the stars, devour mac’n’cheese and pray you aren’t yourself devoured by mosquitos or …

Made For You, February 2018

Made For You, February 2018

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 …