July/August 2016
In this issue

Adam Rayner • July/August 2016

Adam Rayner and the cast of "Tyrant" bring a story of power and betrayal alive in cable TV's most exciting show. August's Cigar Aficionado takes an in-depth look at the new FX series that’s been referred to as "an Arab version of The Godfather." Plus, we examine the latest trend in European golfers winning big on the PGA tour, explore the classic cars of Cuba and the revival of Downtown Las Vegas. We also rate 82 cigars across six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, figurado, grande, petit corona and robusto.

Features

Tyrants of the Desert

Tyrants of the Desert

The medieval metropolis of Budapest, Hungary, sits astride the Danube River, a wonderfully preserved historic enclave that survived both World War II and Soviet rule to emerge as …

Cuba’s Classic Car Détente

Cuba’s Classic Car Détente

Ray Magliozzi is sitting on a stoop of the Hotel Capri in Havana—the last hotel built by mafia don Meyer Lansky before the Cuban revolution—with about six minutes left on a Romeo …

Downtown Vegas Steps Up

Downtown Vegas Steps Up

Six years ago, Fitzgeralds Hotel & Casino was your classic downtown Vegas dump, complete with old carpeting, lighting that cast a sickly hue and a cramped corner-bar unfit for …

Europe’s Masters

Europe’s Masters

Danny Willett, son of an English vicar and a Swedish mother, is now the owner of a decidedly unfashionable and immensely desirable green jacket. With a brilliant final round of …

Trucks Go Luxe

Trucks Go Luxe

The visitor gets a once-over, surrendering camera and cellphone before being asked to sign a strict nondisclosure agreement. He's led through the well-guarded house, then out back …

Cigars

Havana’s Humidor Heaven

Havana’s Humidor Heaven

Humidores Habana builds some of Cuba’s most elaborate wooden sculptures, designed to store the country’s greatest cigars.

<i>Cigar Aficionado</i> Hall Of Fame

Cigar Aficionado Hall Of Fame

Cigarmakers Lito Gomez, Jorge Padrón and Rocky Patel joined the  Cigar Aficionado  Hall of Fame as part of the Night to Remember.

Master Of Illusione

Master Of Illusione

Dion Giolito, founder of Illusione Cigars, may dabble in conspiracy theories, but his true obsession is with quality.

Connoisseur’s Corner: A 99-Point Cabañas

Connoisseur’s Corner: A 99-Point Cabañas

Cabañas is an old Cuban cigar brand that was once made by hand, but fell victim to the post-Embargo world and was cancelled.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points
Padrón 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Natural
94
points

Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto
93
points
E.P. Carrillo Selección Oscuro Piramides Royal
93
points

Bolivar Corona Gigante

Issue Date: August 1, 2016
Bolivar Corona Gigante

Up Front

Editors' Note: Obama Administration Overregulates Cigars

Editors' Note: Obama Administration Overregulates Cigars

In yet another example of Washington's antibusiness policies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping new regulations on the American cigar industry on May 5. If …

Out Of The Humidor

Out Of The Humidor

Dear Marvin, Thank you very much for standing up to Nick Enns' comments [Out of the Humidor, June 2016]. I was surprised to read his ridiculous views. I, for one, only buy …

The Good Life

The Gin & Tonic

The Gin & Tonic

The quintessential summer drink has its recipe right in its name: Gin & Tonic. But it's not that simple. Ignore the details and you squander the chance to make this classic …

Gear for the Great Outdoors

Gear for the Great Outdoors

It's summertime—that means barbecues, the beach and boating. You've got your sunglasses on and your favorite cigars in hand, but you're unsure which cigar accessories to take with …

Renting Private Estates

Renting Private Estates

A woven white hammock is slung between two palm trees on the beach at Valley Trunk. The rustle of the swaying fronds and the sound of the surf breaking against giant granite …

Smartwatches Learn Luxury

Smartwatches Learn Luxury

"It's not enough to have tradition, because tradition connects you to yesterday—we need to be connected to tomorrow," said Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and president of …

Suiting Up for Summer

Suiting Up for Summer

The downside of relaxed office dress codes is especially evident in the summer months, when the exigency to stay cool mistakenly leads to the over-casual boardroom T-shirts and …

2017 Camaro Convertible

2017 Camaro Convertible

If the muscle car called Camaro set hearts aflame in 2009 when Chevy revived it after years of abandonment, it truly gave its long-dominant rival, the Mustang, a run for its money …

Hybrid Grills

Hybrid Grills

In another incarnation I traveled the competitive barbecue circuit for a couple of years while researching a book about the delicious craziness of that world. Along the way I …

Serious Croquet

Serious Croquet

Maybe you've played a good-natured lawn game on a summer evening, using weather-beaten mallets to knock battered balls around a course of nine wickets in the thick grass and bumpy …

No Speed Limit

No Speed Limit

Lamborghini's Gallardo LP 610 Huracán has a 610-horsepower, V-10 under the hood, and can go from 0-60 in a blazing 2.9 seconds. Even if you have an extra quarter million dollars …

Made For You

Made For You

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 …