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March/April 2012
In this issue

Brad Paisley • March/April 2012

In the April issue of Cigar Aficionado, we talk with top country music star Brad Paisley about his passion for writing songs, playing and collecting guitars and, of course, cigars. We also take a look at the ongoing belly putter debate happening in the PGA tour, the Caesars Palace refurbishment, the best luxury cars of 2012, and offer advice on purchasing a 3d television. Plus, a profile on cigar smoker and wine and spirits czar Christophe Navarre, the story of how Aganorsa has grown into one of Central America's largest tobacco concerns, and an analysis of how Cuban cigars have reached new heights.

Features

The Paisley Patterns

The Paisley Patterns

The 100-year-old farmhouse is set back in a hollow near Franklin, Tennessee, about 15 miles south of Nashville—up a long driveway from the nearest road. No gates—just a sign as …

Bellying Up

Bellying Up

PGA Tour players aren’t just going long off the tee anymore. They’re going long with their putters, in a big way. Keegan Bradley became the first player to win a  major …

Conquering Caesars

Conquering Caesars

The first time I visited Las Vegas was in the summer of 1979. Two boyhood friends and I stayed at a dump on the northern end of Las Vegas Boulevard. Of course, though, we ventured …

You and 3d

You and 3d

The movie and electronics industries have been pushing hard to ignite a lust for 3D entertainment in the bosom of America, but the jury is still out. While new technology can …

Luxury's Best of the Best

Luxury's Best of the Best

Just a decade ago the term luxury car meant nice leather seats, refined wood trim and plenty of power. Now, a better descriptor would be choices. Yes, they still deliver all the …

Cigars

Christophe Navarre

Christophe Navarre

Christophe Navarre, who leads one of the world’s most prestigious wine and spirits companies, likes to start the day with a good cigar.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

During the last 20 years, Cuba’s cigars have both dominated and been dominated in Cigar Aficionado’s tastings by the rest of the cigar world, but in 2011, they reached new heights

The Aganorsa Enigma

The Aganorsa Enigma

Once an enigma among growers, Eduardo Fernández’s Aganorsa S.A. is now a dominant force in Nicaraguan tobacco

Ratings from this Issue

93
points
Padilla  Studio Tobac Special Edition Figurado
93
points

H. Upmann Royal Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2012
H. Upmann Royal Robusto
93
points

Partagas Serie E No. 2

Issue Date: April 1, 2012
Partagas Serie E No. 2
93
points

Punch Punch Tubo

Issue Date: April 1, 2012
Punch Punch Tubo

Up Front

Bringing Us Together

Bringing Us Together

Sean Hannity deserves the credit. After many debates about whether or not to put a country music star on the cover of Cigar Aficionado , one of our writers was interviewing …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I thoroughly enjoyed the December 2011 Havana issue. I was able to dream of a cigar vacation in a warm climate through Cigar Aficionado vicariously. Some of our …

The Good Life

Cabela’s Super Stores

Cabela’s Super Stores

Men are hardwired to detest shopping, and it’s hardly a stretch to say that some would do just about anything to avoid a trip to the local mall. But when the shopping trip is to a …

Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun

Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun

Take me out to the ball game…or the tennis court, or the racetrack, or anywhere things are moving very fast and you’d like to know exactly how fast that is. People have been …

Modern Skeletons

Modern Skeletons

Skeleton watches—timepieces that reveal the intricate tangle of cocks, bridges and wheels of a mechanical movement—have been around for centuries. The difference today is that, …

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Sipping a glass of Montrachet in Le Bar Long at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, I contemplate the romance of the City of Light when the hotel first opened in 1928 at 37 Avenue …

Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants

With the arrival of spring and the heat of summer not too far behind, the focus of men’s style shifts from suits and overcoats to a more minimal uniform of slacks and shirts. But …

The Cadillac Evolution

The Cadillac Evolution

Cadillac is reaching for the sky, that being the English translation for Ciel, the concept car that the maker recently revealed. The striking convertible, which hints at products …

Burgeoning Bitters

Burgeoning Bitters

A decade ago, the joke in the bartending community was that your bottle of Angostura Bitters would outlast your marriage. Flash forward 10 years, and bitters (not just Angostura, …

Home-Cured Bacon

Home-Cured Bacon

There isn’t anything quite as gratifying as the smell of meaty, thick-cut bacon frying on the stovetop, except of course, when that bacon was cut from a pork belly that you …

Drive a Steam Engine

Drive a Steam Engine

It’s monstrous, even at rest. So big that you have to lean your head way out the cab window to see the front end. It smokes, bangs, steams and hisses; cinders fly, coal blackens …

The Executive Ashtray

The Executive Ashtray

You and a bunch of friends have gathered for an evening of cigars and camaraderie when suddenly what is supposed to be an elegant affair falls victim to the pitfalls of the …