March/April 2019
In this issue

The Sopranos | 20th Anniversary • March/April 2019

Twenty years after TV’s first family of organized crime muscled its way onto the small screen, the Sopranos are returning. We look back at the groundbreaking series while looking forward to a feature-length film that puts young Michael Gandolfini in the role made famous by his late father. Plus, we offer our guide to golfing in Scottsdale, Arizona, explore the world of Japanese whisky, and we take you inside Keens Steakhouse, the storied Midtown Manhattan eatery. In our cigar section, we rate 81 cigars in six sizes, and slice and dice the stats to tell you what were the highest-rated cigars of 2018.

Features

First Family

First Family

Sure, it’s been two decades—but it’s not like people can just suddenly fuhgeddaboudit. “It’s impossible to stop talking about ‘The Sopranos,’ ” says Vincent Curatola, who played …

Desert Blooms

Desert Blooms

Imagine a cactus. There are nearly 2,000 different kinds of catci around the globe, but odds are very good that the one you are picturing is the saguaro, tall and green with …

A Match Made in Japan

A Match Made in Japan

Scotch, Irish, Canadian and American whisky all have centuries of heritage, as well as colorful anecdotes that include moonshining, bootlegging and even a rebellion. But how many …

The Pipes of History

The Pipes of History

They look like birds in flight. A giant flock, tens of thousands of them, thin and white, gliding across the ceiling at, of all places, a Midtown Manhattan restaurant. A …

Cigars

2018 In Review

2018 In Review

A detailed analysis of the cigars we rated last year.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Super Selection  No. 1

Connoisseur’s Corner: Punch Super Selection No. 1

This tasting of vintage cigars features a Punch Super selection No. 1 from 1995 and other rare Cubans from the 1990s.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro

Issue Date: April 1, 2019
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro
94
points

Villiger La Vencedora Churchill

Issue Date: April 1, 2019
Villiger La Vencedora Churchill
94
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Río Seco

Issue Date: April 1, 2019
Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Río Seco

Up Front

Editors' Note: The Mob Family We Love

Editors' Note: The Mob Family We Love

Twenty years ago, we met a man named Tony Soprano as he lit up a dark robusto and drove his SUV out of the shadows of the Lincoln Tunnel, heading for his home in the New Jersey …

Out of the Humidor, April 2019

Out of the Humidor, April 2019

Dear Marvin, I am from Cuba, but have lived in Tampa for the last 40 years. I own every Cigar Aficionado that you have published and absolutely love to read your magazine. …

The Good Life

Peter James Leather Cases

Peter James Leather Cases

Like many good ideas, the Peter James cigar holder came from frustration. While smoking cigars among a group of friends, Matthew Henderson and John Laurendi noticed the clunky way …

A Grounding In Shoes

A Grounding In Shoes

Like or lump the look, when of-the-moment menswear designers dictated that dress trousers would be cuffless and hemmed to almost clam-digger levels, they were also elevating the …

Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad X1D

If you’ve been shooting pix with a cellphone so long you’ve forgotten what it was like to hold a serious film camera, the first thing you’ll notice is the satisfying feel of the …

Peripheral Rotor Automatics

Peripheral Rotor Automatics

The trade-off of the first automatic, or self-winding, watches was their chunky central winding rotors blocked your view of all those captivating gears, wheels and bridges. Carl …

2019 Dodge Ram 1500

2019 Dodge Ram 1500

As the new 2019 Ram 1500 scrambles up the pass towards the Continental Divide, clambering over boulders and fallen trees, and splashing through rain-filled ruts almost as though …

Swinging in the Rain

Swinging in the Rain

The course was empty. What had begun as a feeble drizzle had turned into a steady rain on a warm summer afternoon, and it didn’t look like it was going to stop anytime soon. My …

New Orleans Cocktails

New Orleans Cocktails

On my first trip to New Orleans as a college swell at Mardi Gras, I cut out at dawn on Ash Wednesday, believing that the party ended with the beginning of Lent. Two weeks later, …

New Global Order

New Global Order

Globes captured Peter Bellerby’s fancy early on. “We grow up with globes, we see one and ask our parents where we’re from. They show us. We see this massive expanse and you’re …

Made For You, April 2019

Made For You, April 2019

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 …