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March/April 2014
In this issue

Andy Garcia • March/April 2014

Andy Garcia built his career with a laundry list of Hollywood hits. Today, he’s following his passion by writing and directing films of his own. In the April issue of Cigar Aficionado, Garcia talks independent film and the creative process. In addition, we judge the best sports radio shows currently ruling the airwaves, take a look at Chinese Poker, the hottest new gambling game, and talk with former footballer Carl Banks about his favorite cigars. All this and more.

Features

A Spirit of Independence

A Spirit of Independence

Andy Garcia takes a sip of Havana Club Añejo Reserva rum and sets down the shot glass on the patio table. He’s sitting in the yard behind the Sherman Oaks, California, house that …

Sports Squawk

Sports Squawk

It began as a sleepy Wednesday afternoon in the universe of sports radio. But now Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is ranting and radio host Mike Francesa is listening to his tale of woe. …

The New Chinese Take-Out

The New Chinese Take-Out

When a game goes on inside Aria’s esteemed poker room in Las Vegas and the dealer has to be coached on how to divvy out cards, you know that something is amiss. Phil Hellmuth and …

High-Roller Hideaways

High-Roller Hideaways

High-limit gamblers have always gotten the VIP treatment in Las Vegas. This is especially true for “whales,” Vegas-speak for the biggest fish in the sea of betting, who bypass …

Driving With No Hands

Driving With No Hands

There’s something strange about sitting behind a steering wheel with your hands neatly folded in your lap—especially when the little Nissan Leaf suddenly surges to life without …

Beyond Switzerland

Beyond Switzerland

One of the earliest watches on display at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva is the Runde Halsuhr, a circa-1540 drum watch. While much about this piece distinguishes it from …

Cigars

Non-Cubans Go Global

Non-Cubans Go Global

Cigar companies have long been content to focus their sales efforts on the U.S. market, but today many are expanding their brands abroad

Banking on the Future

Banking on the Future

Carl Banks always kept one eye on his next act, even while playing at the pinnacle for the New York Giants

Partagás Gets the Gran Reserva Treatment

Partagás Gets the Gran Reserva Treatment

Cuba’s only made three of its ultrarare Gran Reservas, and the latest has just gone on sale

Nicaragua's Cigar Festival

Nicaragua's Cigar Festival

The booming Nicaraguan cigar industry celebrated all things cigar in January

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

San Cristobal Revelation Legend

Issue Date: April 1, 2014
San Cristobal Revelation Legend
92
points

Montecristo Petite No. 2

Issue Date: April 1, 2014
Montecristo Petite No. 2
92
points

Diplomaticos No. 2

Issue Date: April 1, 2014
Diplomaticos No. 2
91
points

La Palina Classic Short Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2014
La Palina Classic Short Robusto

Up Front

Ironic and Absurd

Ironic and Absurd

It is now legal to sell and smoke marijuana in Colorado and Washington. More states, including California and New York, have begun making noises about legislation that would turn …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Thank you for featuring Ron Perlman, one of my favorite actors, in your February issue. I have always enjoyed his acting and the interview only enhanced my …

The Good Life

Made For You

Made For You

It began as a sleepy Wednesday afternoon in the universe of sports radio. But now Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez is ranting and radio host Mike Francesa is listening to his tale of woe. …

Sony High-Zoom Cyber-shot

Sony High-Zoom Cyber-shot

It’s hard to beat the all-in-one convenience of a smartphone, with its neat packaging of telecommunications, endless apps and, of course, camera. What does come up wanting is the …

Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

You are active, energetic and have the ability to put people at ease. If your Chinese zodiac sign happens to be the horse, then these might be some of your more endearing traits. …

Cooking with Whiskey

Cooking with Whiskey

Many cooks can be found in the kitchen with a drink close at hand. Sometimes a recipe’s ingredients list even calls for a glug of wine or cup of beer, giving you two reasons to …

Minimalist Running Shoes

Minimalist Running Shoes

The latest look in running shoes may feel (and sometimes look) a little funny, but it may save you a lot of grief. For many, running is a painful experience, not an enjoyable …

Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

We’ve driven into the clouds. The fog is so thick that it collects on the branches of the redwoods towering above us  and crashes down in torrents onto our new SUV as we jounce …

Carbon Watches

Carbon Watches

As material technology advances, carbon—ranging from relatively common carbon fiber to sci-fi-sounding carbon nanotubes—has become a go-to medium for building sporty watches that …

Waxed-Cotton Jackets

Waxed-Cotton Jackets

Mother Nature offers little weather respite when winter ebbs. Now come March winds and April showers, and we still need gear that wards off the elements, yet keeps an eye on …

Cognac Champions

Cognac Champions

Between single malts, single barrels, small batches, special finishes and super ages, it sometimes seems like whisk(e)y has a stranglehold on new product development. But just …

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Talk about a room with a view: At.mosphere offers a panorama of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and the Persian Gulf which, on a clear day (and, in the desert of the Arabian …

Neoteric HoverGolf Cart

Neoteric HoverGolf Cart

The most impressive feature of the Neoteric HoverGolf Cart is not that it can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour, or that, unlike other hovercraft, it’s capable of braking and …

The Ball Game

The Ball Game

The little white golf ball just sits there, defenseless, motionless, ready to be struck with force and skill, launched toward the heavens with the greatest of expectations. At a …