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Mar/Apr 2008
In this issue

Armand Assante • Mar/Apr 2008

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, and light up with Hollywood's tough guy Armand Assante. Also, the worldwide explosion of counterfeiting, a 1964 torpedo scoring 98-points, an interview with Ernesto Padilla, and ratings and notes on 75 cigars. 

Features

Hollywood's Tough Guy

Hollywood's Tough Guy

Sometimes," claimed famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, "a cigar is just a cigar." Armand Assante, the 58-year-old gravel-voiced actor best known for playing street-tough wiseguys, …

Faking It

Faking It

In an unglamorous garage in London stands a fake Ferrari 1967 P4. The P4, Ferrari lovers assure me, is one of the world's most beautiful cars, with all the curves in the right …

Helmut Newton: Provocateur with a Camera

Helmut Newton: Provocateur with a Camera

Few artists have bars named after them, let alone a museum dedicated to their legacy. Photographer Helmut Newton has both, as evidenced by the Newton Bar in Berlin where you can …

The PGA's Players with Pizzazz

The PGA's Players with Pizzazz

One of them has been knocked out by an orangutan. One of them has tried to knock himself out with a putter. One of them has a preference for skull belt buckles. One of them has …

In the Month of Madness

In the Month of Madness

At 8 a.m. on March 20, the Mirage in Las Vegas will be a little different than usual. Typically at that hour, the casino is populated by an intersecting mix of bright-eyed …

It's a 4-Wheel World

It's a 4-Wheel World

Even in the best of weather, the entrance to Hell's Revenge is daunting: a long, steep climb up a narrow ledge, sheer drop-offs on either side. On this particular autumn morning, …

Sound in a Box

Sound in a Box

I always liked Garanimals, that line of children's clothing introduced in the early '70s that made it possible for any style-challenged kid to dress himself. Each top and bottom …

The (Almost) Lost Art of Custom-Made Shoes

The (Almost) Lost Art of Custom-Made Shoes

It is an anomaly that Paul Moorefield and Joan Silverman's business—custom-made shoes, handcrafted the old-fashioned way—survives at all in America. That it thrives on Lexington …

Cigars

An Interview with Ernesto Padilla

An Interview with Ernesto Padilla

A conversation with Ernesto Padilla, owner of Miami's Padilla Cigar Co.

Capital Connections

Capital Connections

Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek leverages cigars and politics

Cigar Diary: Mexico's Cigar King

Cigar Diary: Mexico's Cigar King

Max Gutmann is one of the world's great collectors of Cuban cigars as well as Mexico's official Cuban cigar agent

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro

Issue Date: April 1, 2008
Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro
93
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX Perfecxion A

Issue Date: April 1, 2008
Fuente Fuente OpusX Perfecxion A
93
points

Black Pearl Morado Torpedo

Issue Date: April 1, 2008
Black Pearl Morado Torpedo
93
points

Padilla Series '68 Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2008
Padilla Series '68 Robusto

Up Front

Disappointed

Disappointed

By now, you have probably heard that we were forced to cancel the Big Smoke in Chicago this April because of the new Illinois smoking law that took effect on January 1. We didn't …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I've enjoyed your magazine for many years and the December 2007 issue hit a chord close to home. The article on Errol Flynn was a treat to read and thank you for …

The Good Life

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

I'm pretty sure that when Amazon named its new digital book the Kindle, the thinking was that it would "kindle the imagination" and not my initial image from the futuristic film …

The Sweater Vest

The Sweater Vest

T. S. Eliot might have called April the cruelest month for breeding lilacs out of the dead land, but for those of us who are simply concerned with dressing appropriately to the …

The Breakers -- Palm Beach

The Breakers -- Palm Beach

I have been to most of the best hotels in North America and the Caribbean, and The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, is simply one of the best I have ever stayed at, anywhere. …

Lotus T3 Tabletop Lighter

Lotus T3 Tabletop Lighter

To the untrained eye, the Lotus T3 seems like the biggest pocket lighter ever created. Paranoiacs, petrified of being stranded with a beautiful cigar and no fuel, may delight in …

illy Francis Francis! X7

illy Francis Francis! X7

The perfect cup of espresso can be elusive. Even assuming the roast is right and the gear is well calibrated, a brain-dead barista can ruin everything. Try to roast, grind, tamp …

Callaway FT-i Squareway Woods

Callaway FT-i Squareway Woods

I am far from being an authorized critic of golf equipment, but I do play a lot. I recently had the opportunity to try out the new square-headed fairway woods (FT-i) being int…

Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS

The rise and fall of Cadillac is a familiar tale. Already this country's standard of luxury, the carmaker defined the era of postwar optimism and affluence with such finned …

Breitling Flying B Chronograph

Breitling Flying B Chronograph

When Bentley Motors and Breitling watches joined forces a few years back, it seemed a perfect match. Bentley is recognized as one of the most distinguished marques in the …

Getting the Irish Up

Getting the Irish Up

Devotees of Irish whiskey know that the breadth and quality of Old Sod spirits offered in the United States has been on a steady incline in recent memory. Expect that level to …

Stunt Driving School

Stunt Driving School

Everyone gets the same question: "Do you get carsick?" Of course, no one attending Bobby Ore's stunt driving course is going to say "yes." That would mean losing your invitation …