March/April 2013
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Jeremy Irons • March/April 2013

Jeremy Irons doesn't care what you think about his cigar smoking. He’s going to puff away regardless. The April issue of Cigar Aficionado goes into detail about the actor’s craft and his love for fine smokes. Also, find out why so many cigar companies are releasing small batch brands and what “small batch” actually means. Plus, a look at the greatest moments in sport from the last 20 years, the best luxury cars of the year and we talk with PGA pro Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey.

Features

Smoking Irons

Smoking Irons

Jeremy Irons likes to smoke. And he’d rather not have to apologize for it. “When I’m asked what superpower I wish I had, I used to say it would be to fly­—but now I think it would …

Breaking Big

Breaking Big

When Tommy Gainey won the 2012 McGladrey Classic, there was a certain reserve to his celebration, a certain calm and a certain confidence. Gainey’s route to victory on the PGA …

Betting the Brackets

Betting the Brackets

In a casual Italian restaurant just outside of Las Vegas, veteran sports handicapper Bryan Leonard considers a stromboli and looks less than thrilled. Glancing up at a flat-screen …

Twenty for Twenty

Twenty for Twenty

When Cigar Aficionado first showed its face on a newsstand in 1992, the deity of the sporting universe was one Michael Jordan, a 29-year-old who had already touched the ether. …

The Best In Luxury Cars 2013

The Best In Luxury Cars 2013

The winged badge on the nose may be familiar to those who know the legendary British marque, but the new Aston Martin Cygnet is definitely not the sort of car you’d expect to see …

Digital Clutter-Killers

Digital Clutter-Killers

My home is full of shelves that are packed with… stuff. Dusty stuff. Messy stuff. Stuff I can’t find when I actually need it. Caught up in the spring cleaning spirit (and …

Cigars

Corporate Titan

Corporate Titan

After a storied career that’s spanned many arenas, Richard Parsons is glad to be moving along. But don’t call it retirement. He has too much going on in his life.

The Year of the Cuban Cigar

The Year of the Cuban Cigar

In 2012, Cuban cigars rated better in Cigar Aficionado magazine than at any time since the early 1990s.

Small Batch Smokes

Small Batch Smokes

Premium cigar companies are finding big success with small-scale releases

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

L'Atelier LAT56

Issue Date: April 1, 2013
L'Atelier LAT56
94
points

Bolivar Royal Corona

Issue Date: April 1, 2013
Bolivar Royal Corona
93
points

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Issue Date: April 1, 2013
Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
93
points

San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza

Issue Date: April 1, 2013
San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza

Up Front

An Ambassador for Cigars

An Ambassador for Cigars

We usually don’t spend a lot of time on this page talking about the issue’s cover subject. But Jeremy Irons deserves a tip of our hats. Which superpower would he choose if he had …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Thanks for those beautiful magazines. I wish, though, I had come across your November-December magazine earlier. For now there is a fresher issue, but anyway, …

The Good Life

Made For You, April 2013

Made For You, April 2013

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 …

Gore Flash Cold, Wet System

Gore Flash Cold, Wet System

The cold, steely rains of spring may seem like an acceptable excuse to stay indoors and hit the treadmill, but avid runners know that enduring adverse weather conditions to train …

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2

Bowers & Wilkins Panorama 2

You’ll never realize how much you watch television with your ears until you go beyond the built-in speakers and step up to a top-quality dedicated audio solution like the Bowers …

Jaguar Xfr

Jaguar Xfr

You could almost hear the British Commonwealth groan in 2008 when Tata Motors of India bought Jaguar Land Rover. Almost five years later, you’d be hard-pressed to find commentary …

Brizard & Co. Exotic Woods

Brizard & Co. Exotic Woods

How does an environmentally conscious cigar smoker reconcile the use of exotic woods on his accessories without feeling like a pillaging colonial? The question haunted Cyril …

Spring Lamb

Spring Lamb

Confusion might cloud the issue of what exactly a spring lamb is, but one thing is for sure: roasts that reach the tables of the season’s religious and secular celebrations are …

Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont Jewel

Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont Jewel

For more than a century now, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book , with its crackling tales of adventure and life lessons, featuring such indelible characters as the heroic …

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky

We tend to think that the whisky world widened as Scots and Irish men settled the New World with their stills in tow and made new quaffs from the available grains. While accurate, …

Vest-ed Interests

Vest-ed Interests

Lay it to the retro stylings of “Mad Men” or to the psychic suggestion of Simon Baker as Patrick Jane on “The Mentalist,” but vests are back, wrapping themselves around men’s …

Power Reserves

Power Reserves

With all of the arcane complications available in mechanical watches, the power reserve, or réserve de marche, stands out for its straightforward practicality. Just as a car’s …

Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

Bestselling maritime historian Nathaniel Philbrick often charters cruising sailboats to explore the sea passages and coastal scenes that he writes about in books like the National …