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July/August 2018
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Matthew McConaughey • July/August 2018

It's hard not to smile when you're Matthew McConaughey, who has an Oscar, a new Bourbon and three films heading to theaters this year. In August's Cigar Aficionado, we sit down with the actor for the second time to discuss his illustrious career, his new role as creative director for Wild Turkey, and his three upcoming films that span comedy, drama and action. Also, we look at the dawn of legal sports betting in America, the unlikely success of the NHL's Las Vegas Knights and the new rules affecting the PGA Tour. Plus, Joya de Nicaragua marks its 50th birthday, America's oldest cigar smoker (and oldest man) turns 112, and 79 cigars rated in six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, double corona, figurado, panetela and robusto.

Features

Alright, Alright, Alright

Alright, Alright, Alright

To the outside observer, Matthew McConaughey’s career underwent a serious course correction seven years ago. It was 2011, and they called it the “McConaissance.” It was a …

Miracle In Vegas

Miracle In Vegas

As my cab drove down the Las Vegas Strip, I noticed a new palette of colors standing out against the bright pools of neon so famously associated with Sin City. Patches of black, …

Watch, Don’t Tell

Watch, Don’t Tell

On a perfectly pure Sunday afternoon in April of 2017, Lexi Thompson was leading the ANA Inspiration by two strokes and cruising. It was the first LPGA major of the year, and was …

All Bets Are On

All Bets Are On

This fall promises to be a sweet season for football fans in New Jersey and Delaware. Rather than watching games in crowded sports bars or on their sofas, devotees in those states …

How to Bet on Sports

How to Bet on Sports

Since May 14, 2018 when the Supreme Court legalized sports betting in any state that wants it, several dozen states have been scrambling to get in on the action. And the potential …

5 Classic Summer Cocktails

5 Classic Summer Cocktails

When it’s winter and men’s spirits are frozen hard, they tend to impose drinking fiats: Never have a Gin & Tonic after Labor Day; don’t mix Scotch with anything but water; …

Cigars

112 and Feeling Fine

112 and Feeling Fine

The oldest man in America smokes cigars every day.

A Half Century of Joya

A Half Century of Joya

Joya de Nicaragua is steeped in history, and the people behind the brand have their eyes on the future.

Two Decades of the Habanos Festival

Two Decades of the Habanos Festival

Cigar lovers from all over the world gathered in Havana to celebrate 20 years of great smokes.

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Flawless Hoyo de Monterrey

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Flawless Hoyo de Monterrey

A tasting of vintage cigars, including Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona (1991), Punch Néctares No. 5 (1974), Bolivar Inmensas (1995) and Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 1 (circa …

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

H. Upmann Sir Winston

Issue Date: August 1, 2018
H. Upmann Sir Winston
93
points

The Wise Man Maduro Robusto

Issue Date: August 1, 2018
The Wise Man Maduro Robusto
93
points

Vegas Cubanas Generosos

Issue Date: August 1, 2018
Vegas Cubanas Generosos
92
points

Ashton Aged Maduro No. 60

Issue Date: August 1, 2018
Ashton Aged Maduro No. 60

Up Front

Editors' Note: Place Your Bets

Editors' Note: Place Your Bets

Gentlemen, you can bet.  In May, the U.S. Supreme Court finally put an end to the longstanding ban on sports betting in most U.S. states. The court, in a 6-3 decision, struck …

Out of the Humidor, August 2018

Out of the Humidor, August 2018

Dear Marvin, I want to congratulate you on another marvelous edition of your magazine. I particularly enjoyed each of the Churchill articles. I have read several biographies …

The Good Life

Devialet Wireless Hi-Fi Speaker

Devialet Wireless Hi-Fi Speaker

There’s no ignoring the futuristic curves and curiously ornate front grill of the Devialet Gold Phantom wireless speaker. It does, after all, look suspiciously like something …

The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

The Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

On the southernmost point of Rhode Island, on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic, is the town of Watch Hill. Perched on a bluff, high above a gorgeous beach, sits the Ocean …

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

In a world of plain vanilla sport-utility vehicles, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a tasty serving of stracciatella. As it shares the underpinnings of the automaker’s Guilia sedan, the …

The Cowboy Hat

The Cowboy Hat

During his Oscar-nominated performance in Murphy’s Romance , James Garner mentors two younger patrons in an Arizona general store concerning cowboy hats. “It doesn’t matter how …

Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill

Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill

Forget for a moment the taste of barbecue—sweet smoke and savory meat—and consider the other reason making it is so satisfying: cooking outdoors with fire is a primal urge that …

The Ice Cube Cometh

The Ice Cube Cometh

The legendary Wild West law officer, gambler and sports columnist Bat Masterson once spoofed the Pollyannaish notion that things always break even in life, saying, “We all get the …

Green Watches

Green Watches

Green is the new blue in watches for those who want to stand apart from the crowd. This year’s most stylish sport watches are outfitted with green dials or bands in various shades …

Mavros Ashtrays

Mavros Ashtrays

Most cigar ashtrays are rather simple things. There’s no shortage of squares, circles and ovals made from various materials that can gather your ashes. But if you want to take a …

Golf Sunglasses

Golf Sunglasses

Remember those oversized blue lenses that were supposed to help you look for lost golf balls, but made you look like the course nerd instead? Thankfully, they’ve gone the way of …

Urban Ax Throwing

Urban Ax Throwing

Looking for a novel date night? How about ax throwing? You heard that right. A new Brooklyn club called Kick Axe Throwing is dedicated to the sport—if you can call it that—a …

Made For You, August 2018

Made For You, August 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 …