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July/August 2008
In this issue

Kevin Costner • July/August 2008

The latest issue of Cigar Aficionado showcases Kevin Costner's impressive portfolio of films as well as his new summer movie. Also, the biggest names in the cigar industry tell you what size smoke they prefer most, and a self-proclaimed poker hack infiltrates the youthful world of online poker.

Features

Kevin Costner Charts His Own Course

Kevin Costner Charts His Own Course

As the sun slowly melts behind the mountains and a brilliant orange glow cascades across the New Mexico desert, a film crew busily prepares to shoot a key scene for Kevin …

No-Limit Assassins

No-Limit Assassins

It is a Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and good poker games abound. Just stroll into the Bellagio or the Venetian Hotel Resort Casino or Caesars Palace, Vegas's two reigning hubs …

Jaguar Lands On Its Feet Again

Jaguar Lands On Its Feet Again

Who says cats have nine lives? Just ask Jaguar. The long-suffering British automaker has gone through at least that many, and it appears this cat is about to be granted yet …

Hot Tech in the Summer Time

Hot Tech in the Summer Time

Summertime, and the living's not easy. Water's splashing, and your gear isn't dry. Traveling's tough, and your flab's not good-looking. So hush, little baby, don't you cry—go …

Tailored Treks

Tailored Treks

Joe Feeney and his wife, Tina, had wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for years, but like many other working Americans, they couldn't fit it into their hectic schedules. And …

Cigars

Coals to Newcastle in Cuba

Coals to Newcastle in Cuba

I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack as my Mexicana flight from Cancún began its descent into José Martí Airport in Havana. It wasn't that the flight was rougher than …

The Love of Lanceros

The Love of Lanceros

The long, thin cigars are making a comeback among true connoisseurs

A Night To Remember

A Night To Remember

A high-energy evening for charity

Ratings from this Issue

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Montecristo No. 1

Issue Date: August 1, 2008
Montecristo No. 1
93
points

Partagas 8-9-8 Varnished

Issue Date: August 1, 2008
Partagas 8-9-8 Varnished
92
points

Bolivar Royal Corona

Issue Date: August 1, 2008
Bolivar Royal Corona
91
points

El Rey del Mundo Lonsdale

Issue Date: August 1, 2008
El Rey del Mundo Lonsdale

Up Front

Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

It's summertime. Cigar smokers, especially in the northern half of the United States, love this time of year because there are so many more places to smoke in the great outdoors. …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, On a recent trip back from Venezuela, where I was the chief official for the Pan-American Mountain Bike Championships, I was able to make the most of an eight-hour …

The Good Life

Escort Passport 9500i

Escort Passport 9500i

Have you ever looked into your rearview mirror and seen the flashing red strobes of a highway patrol car bearing down on you? In that instant, did you think to yourself, how much …

The Safari Jacket

The Safari Jacket

Never stalked elephants in Kenya? Weren't a tank commander in North Africa? It's best not to dwell on such technicalities when considering wearing one of the most dashing and …

Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare

Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare

A hotel has set itself a high bar when its name translates to "splendid." And the Hotel Splendido lives up to its title in every regard, from the extra-virgin olive oil to the …

Zippo Outdoor Utility Lighter

Zippo Outdoor Utility Lighter

It doesn't matter if you're beachcombing, sunbathing or hooking stripers off the back of a fishing boat; hanging out on the back patio with barbecue and beer; or playing 18 holes …

The Mozzarella Bar

The Mozzarella Bar

Mozzarella bar? From Rome comes a food fad that you might never have conceived, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. The mozzarella bar showcases soft, light …

Kayak Fishing

Kayak Fishing

A calico bass has already nibbled on the Big Hammer plastic lure and escaped. I try again and feel something bite hard on my Big Hammer. With a jerk on my light tackle, I …

Bell & Ross BR02 and BR03

Bell & Ross BR02 and BR03

It's midday on rue de Saint-Honoré, Paris's boulevard of chic, and inside a boutique called Colette a clutch of patrons has gathered by a display cabinet on the first floor to …

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63AMG

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63AMG

There's a steep stone cliff to my left; on my right, a sheer drop-off to the valley floor, several thousand feet below. The curves are sharp and blind, yet my foot feels glued to …

Cachaca and the Caipirinha

Cachaca and the Caipirinha

Occasionally a cocktail arrives that does more than simply refresh. It champions the spirit with which it's made. The Bloody Mary did that for vodka. Margaritas turned Tequila …

Smoking Tents

Smoking Tents

When Arnold Schwarzenegger became the Governator and was told that he couldn't smoke inside the California state capitol, he didn't get angry or even—he pitched a tent. If a …