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Mar/Apr 2005
In this issue

Morgan Freeman • Mar/Apr 2005

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado and explore the success story of Morgan Freeman. Also, a Q&A with Alfons Mayer, cigars on the greens, a Monte No. 1 from the 1950s, the expanding of NASCAR, satellite sound, the house that Fuente built and much, much more.

Features

The Greatest

The Greatest

Every actor dreams of a moment like this. Clint Eastwood, accepting his Golden Globe in early 2005 for directing the heartbreaking boxing drama Million Dollar Baby, was speaking …

Smoker's Heavens

Smoker's Heavens

You know what it's like today to try to smoke a cigar in this world. As the law and political correctness circumscribe and tighten the circle where cigar smoking is acceptable, …

On the Fast Track

On the Fast Track

"We've been to Charlotte, we've been to Dover, to the Poconos, to Bristol," John Gaumond is saying. Sitting in shorts and a T-shirt outside a shiny Monaco Diplomat motor home on a …

Lady Luck

Lady Luck

It's 11 p.m. at Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip. During any given night a smattering of sketchy characters can cause concern for casino security. Cheats, pickpockets, confidence …

Auto Spies

Auto Spies

Sitting just over the Nevada border, a gunshot from California's barren Mojave Desert, the Sourdough Tavern has the dank, seedy feel of a Wild West saloon. It's the sort of border …

Satellite Radio Blasts Off

Satellite Radio Blasts Off

When satellite radio was introduced in 2001, the naysayers were out in force. Who in his right mind was going to pay $10 or more every month to listen to radio? And judging from …

Cigars

Q&A: The Silent Legend

Q&A: The Silent Legend

An Interview with Alfons Mayer, the globe-travelling tobacco buyer for General Cigar Co.

The Big O

The Big O

With a cigar in hand, Oscar Robertson, one of the greatest guards in basketball history, looks back on his life, his Hall of Fame career and the NBA today.

A Cigar Icon

A Cigar Icon

The Fuente Fuente OpusX's unique origins make it a truly sublime smoke

The 2004 Montecristo Cup

The 2004 Montecristo Cup

As the Caribbean sun rose over the gently swaying palm trees, a semi-organized army of golf carts rolled out from the first tee, spreading out across the Dorado Beach East golf …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6

Issue Date: April 1, 2005
Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6
92
points

Juan Lopez Epicure No. 1

Issue Date: April 1, 2005
Juan Lopez Epicure No. 1
92
points
La Gloria Cubana Reserva Figurado Selectos de Lujos
91
points

Montecristo No. 2

Issue Date: April 1, 2005
Montecristo No. 2

Up Front

What's Happened to the Constitution?

What's Happened to the Constitution?

The attacks on smokers, and the moves to restrict smoking areas, have begun to take away rights that the U.S. Constitution promised each and every American. Employers and local …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I am an American currently working in Pristina, Kosovo, as a civilian police officer for the United Nations. A little over a year ago, I was in Virginia going …

The Good Life

Sony LocationFree TV

Sony LocationFree TV

From the product name, you'd expect some kind of TV that moves from room to room, and you'd be right—the LocationFree TV system does indeed let you watch wirelessly throughout …

Bills Khakis

Bills Khakis

So often when the sturdy classics of the age before things were created for instant disposability—the telephone built to last a lifetime, the automobile made more from steel than …

Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey

Show your pride on St. Patrick's Day this year by avoiding the oceans of green beer that flow in pubs, and instead sip the Emerald Isle's venerable whiskey. With its five …

Dromoland Castle & Country Estate

Dromoland Castle & Country Estate

Dromoland Castle Hotel, just west of Limerick, Ireland, is a short drive from Shannon Airport. But it can be a glorious leap back in time if you let your imagination take you. And …

Davidoff Marquetry Humidors

Davidoff Marquetry Humidors

View the ornate images on the humidor from afar and you would swear they had been painted—impressive in itself. But look closer. Those are actually inlaid pieces of wood that make …

The Sam Bat

The Sam Bat

You see it all the time. The pitcher rears back and throws, the batter swings, and a bat snaps in a shower of splinters. One man finally did something about the rampant mortality …

Vacheron Constantin 250th Anniversary

Vacheron Constantin 250th Anniversary

When Jean-Marc Vacheron began designing and crafting watches in Geneva in 1755, the young and cultured entrepreneur may have wondered where the art and science of time would stand …

Infiniti M45

Infiniti M45

Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and Cadillac. The mere mention of these luxury brands summons a clear impression of what they stand for—and, quite likely, what their products look like. …

Oyster Terroir

Oyster Terroir

Ever wonder why a Malaspina oyster from near Vancouver Island might offer a flavor of artichokes with undertones of metals and salt, while a Maine Pemaquid smacks of cucumber? …

Falconry

Falconry

I'm standing hushed, arm outstretched. A giant hawk hurtles towards me, rocketing from the treetops, its wings spread wide as it dives at me in a 70-mile-an-hour burst of feathers …