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March/April 2017
In this issue

Steve Harvey • March/April 2017

The multitasking comedian/author/television host Steve Harvey maintains a go-go schedule. In April's Cigar Aficionado, Harvey talks returning to the Miss Universe pageant despite his fabulous flub, collecting fine cigars and his meeting with President Trump. Plus, we take a tour of South Africa’s golfing delights, sit down with Fox News' rising star Bret Baier, and recount the story of James Donovan, the American who negotiated the release of hundreds of prisoners held in Cuba's prisons and opened the door to diplomacy between the two nations. Also, we rate 81 cigars across six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, figurado, lonsdale, panetela and robusto.

Features

Man On The Move

Man On The Move

It's almost 4 p.m. on a mid-January Wednesday in Chicago—which means Steve Harvey has been up and working for about 12 hours. So far.   "My goal is to be done by 6:30 …

The Big Bear Of Fox

The Big Bear Of Fox

It's 5:15 p.m. on a dark and freezing Friday in January, and Bret Baier is standing by his desk in the fifth floor offices of Fox News in Washington, D.C., a 10-minute walk from …

Africa's Golf Paradise

Africa's Golf Paradise

As the helicopter climbs sharply, you see Africa spread out below you, literally and figuratively. Giraffe are tall enough to stand out, even from this height, and the landscape …

The Negotiator

The Negotiator

Fidel Castro and a New York insurance lawyer named James Donovan stood together on the tarmac of San Antonio de los Baños Airfield in Cuba and watched as hundreds of just-released …

Mean Green Luxury Machines

Mean Green Luxury Machines

Blink and you're likely to miss it. Pumping out a jaw-dropping 1,000 horsepower, the new FF91 is not only one of the world's most powerful automobiles, but it's also the fastest. …

Chime Time

Chime Time

For centuries, ancient clock towers in European villages have marked the passing of time with the ringing of bells. In the 15th and 16th centuries, early watchmakers sought to …

Cigars

Cigars by the Numbers

Cigars by the Numbers

A comprehensive look at last year’s best- and worst-performing cigars and crunch the numbers with an eye towards provenance, size and shape.

Behind the Cuban Mystique

Behind the Cuban Mystique

Much is made of the romance of Cuban cigars, but often overlooked is an analytical approach to maintaining quality.

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

Cohiba Esplendido

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
Cohiba Esplendido
93
points

Padrón 6000 Maduro

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
Padrón 6000 Maduro
93
points

Joya Black Nocturno

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
Joya Black Nocturno
92
points

C.A.O. Italia Ciao

Issue Date: April 1, 2017
C.A.O. Italia Ciao

Up Front

Editors' Note: Choosing a Cover

Editors' Note: Choosing a Cover

Selecting who goes on the cover of Cigar Aficionado is a task we take quite seriously. The cover image is the flag we fly on newsstands, and the person (or people) we put on …

Out Of The Humidor

Out Of The Humidor

Dear Marvin, As a charter subscriber to Cigar Aficionado in 1992, I've observed over the past quarter century that Cuban cigars have become less dominant in the top ratings …

The Good Life

Adorini Travel Humidor Cedro

Adorini Travel Humidor Cedro

Long gone are the days where all men traveled in style. Some may have ditched their sport coats and loafers to jet-set in sweatshirts and flip-flops, but that doesn't mean cigars …

The Classic Jean Jacket

The Classic Jean Jacket

It's called the trucker jacket, but it might just as well have been dubbed the biker, the rebel, the protester, the hippie, the rocker or any other name that says counterculture …

Burr Coffee Grinders

Burr Coffee Grinders

You call yourself a coffee connoisseur yet you're still slashing away at your gourmet beans with a blade grinder? Time to abandon the coffee philistines and step up to a burr …

Rome Cavalieri Hotel

Rome Cavalieri Hotel

Fewer and fewer places truly put out the welcome mat for those of us who love cigars. Thankfully there is Rome, where the sight of a cigar coming from its case brings more smiles …

Wireless Chargers

Wireless Chargers

My iPhone is a child of the 21st century with one 20th century vestige: the power cable. Despite all of Apple's promises of a wireless future—unfettered Internet, payments and …

2017 Lincoln Continental

2017 Lincoln Continental

Few automotive brands have taken a harder fall than Lincoln. Once a force to be reckoned with, Ford's high-line marque has been little more than an asterisk on the sales charts in …

NATO Straps

NATO Straps

As with so much men's wear (and as the name suggests) the NATO-style watch strap traces its casual yet utilitarian roots to military use. Its cold-war debut came in 1973 as the …

BioMech Acculock ACE Putter

BioMech Acculock ACE Putter

That Frank Fornari holds a PhD in molecular pharmacology and toxicology, trained in neurophysiology, clinical medicine, biophysics, mathematical biology, genetics and industrial …

Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Judging by the numbers—Irish whiskey sales are soaring and distillery expansion has revived the island's production—revelers are ready to celebrate with more than just green beer …

Made For You

Made For You

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 …