January/February 2021
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The Rock • January/February 2021

He’s larger than life, figuratively as well as literally, a man who seems to never slow down. He’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and the new Cigar Aficionado features an exclusive one-on-one interview between him and Marvin R. Shanken. Read how Johnson went from the football field to the wrestling ring, where he became a global superstar, and then went on to live his dream by becoming one of the world’s most popular actors. Today he’s beyond busy with his new Teremana Tequila brand, a show about his childhood called “Young Rock” that debuts February 16 on NBC and the purchase of the XFL professional football league—to name just a few of his many ventures. Fascinating details about Johnson’s inspiring life story come to light as The Rock opens up in the Jan./Feb. issue. Plus our Top 25 Cigars of 2020 and much, much more. On newsstands now.

Features

A Conversation With The Rock

A Conversation With The Rock

He’s larger than life, figuratively as well as literally, a man who seems to have endless energy and never appears to slow down. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is truly everywhere. …

The Best Cigars of 2020

The Best Cigars of 2020

Cigar Aficionado magazine’s Top 25 is the ultimate challenge for a cigar, and an opportunity for the reader to discover the finest smokes we tested in the past 12 months—the …

Golf in the Time of Covid

Golf in the Time of Covid

When Matt Massei walks out on the veranda of the Pinehurst Resort Country Club near his office, there is a particularly satisfying sight—players who have finished their rounds …

The Bounty of Old Blends

The Bounty of Old Blends

Most anecdotes of grand old whiskies seem always to revolve around the single malts of Scotland. Collectors brag on their 20- to 40-year-old bottles. Whiskies aged for 60 years …

Cigars

The Cigar Sensei

The Cigar Sensei

Martin Kove, the bad guy from “Cobra Kai” and The Karate Kid, shows no mercy when he smokes his beloved cigars.

The ABCs of Cigars

The ABCs of Cigars

From amatista to zafadores, we define 26 cigar-industry terms every aficionado needs to know.

Dreams of Cigar Unicorns

Dreams of Cigar Unicorns

Cigar auctions offer rare items to connoisseurs and collectors.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Bolivar Coronas Extra

Connoisseur’s Corner: Bolivar Coronas Extra

A size forgotten from the Cuban portfolio, this Bolivar Coronas Extra from 1990 gets better with each puff. We also tried an elegant, pig-tailed Davidoff No. 2 and two more Cubans …

Ratings from this Issue

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Fuente Fuente OpusX Petit Lancero

Issue Date: February 1, 2021
Fuente Fuente OpusX Petit Lancero
93
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Herrera Esteli Habano Lonsdale Deluxe

Issue Date: February 1, 2021
Herrera Esteli Habano Lonsdale Deluxe
93
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Montecristo No. 2

Issue Date: February 1, 2021
Montecristo No. 2
93
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Issue Date: February 1, 2021
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Up Front

A Big Start for the New Year

A Big Start for the New Year

The issue you hold in your hands right now will bring you many hours of reading pleasure. The cover story highlights one of the biggest celebrities in America today. In addition, …

The Good Life

Zippo Butane Inserts

Zippo Butane Inserts

Having sold more than half a billion units in its 88-year history, the Zippo lighter is an American icon. Myriad styles make them collectible and they’re popular among the …

Genesis GV80

Genesis GV80

Launching a new brand is never easy, especially if you’re doing so with three sedans in a market fixated with SUVs. Even with rave reviews, Genesis has flown under the radar with …

Cast-Iron Chefs

Cast-Iron Chefs

Cast-iron skillets are flying off the shelves—no small feat for a piece of cookware that weighs up to eight pounds. With more of us Covid-cooking at home, new chefs are embracing …

Hip Flasks

Hip Flasks

Drinking flasks conjure a few cliché images: the quick snort enjoyed surreptitiously at the big game; the high-school knave who spikes the punch at the prom; the rugged container …

The Bathrobe

The Bathrobe

Think of Sherlock Holmes and it’s hard to escape cinematic images of Inverness capes and deerstalker hats. Truth is the seminal super sleuth donned neither of those in the …

Hublot Big Bang E

Hublot Big Bang E

It’s time that smart tech met smart style. Hublot’s latest contender in the smartwatch world, Big Bang E, merges cutting-edge innovation with the quality and esthetic codes of …

Curling

Curling

Amid one frigid, dreary winter, a friend texted me with a creative way to take advantage of the local pond being frozen: “We should try curling.” Ill-equipped for the niceties …

Make Your Own Watch

Make Your Own Watch

When you take a cooking class, the meal tastes extra special simply because you made it. Turns out the same is true for watches. To earn their MBAs, three Swiss business …

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