March/April 2022
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The Godfather • March/April 2022

This special-edition of Cigar Aficionado celebrates the 50th anniversary of the greatest film ever made, The Godfather. We dive deep into this iconic, unforgettable film and look back at Marvin R. Shanken’s penetrating interview with director Francis Ford Coppola. We also take a look at the beautiful island of St. Barth’s, a cigar-lover’s paradise, the evolution and importance of the driver in golf, and some delicious cocktails that’ll put some pep in your step as we move into spring. Plus, we look at a few celebrities’ favorite cigars, expert cigar reviews, and much more in this exciting new edition. 
 

Features

The Godfather at 50

The Godfather at 50

A movie magnate awakes in his palatial home to find the severed head of his prized stallion tucked between his bloodstained sheets. A motorist tries to hurry through a toll booth …

Stunning Saint Barths

Stunning Saint Barths

Christopher Columbus, the first foreigner to visit Saint-Barthélemy, “discovered” the island in 1493—and then promptly forgot about it. The speck of dry land had no natural …

Cigars In Paradise

Cigars In Paradise

You slip out of the gin-clear waters of Saint-Jean Bay, towel off and pull on a shirt and sandals. A few minutes later (after dodging some Mini Coopers), you step inside the Casa …

Drive For Show

Drive For Show

No club in a golf bag provides more excitement, more exhilaration, more exclamation points to a player’s game than the driver. It’s your own personal blunderbuss, your hammer of …

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

It’s easy to hunker down in the cold and snow of winter by pouring drinks that are better designed to stave off the weather than to perk up your palate. But now that spring has …

Cigars

My Favorite Cigar

My Favorite Cigar

Cigar aficionados describe their smoke of choice.

A Deep Dive Into Our Ratings

A Deep Dive Into Our Ratings

Breaking down and analyzing our cigar ratings from the past year.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Cohiba Robusto

Connoisseur’s Corner: Cohiba Robusto

This well-aged robusto has near-perfect construction.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Por Larrañaga Galanes

Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Por Larrañaga Galanes
94
points

Bolivar Royal Corona (Tubo)

Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Bolivar Royal Corona (Tubo)
94
points

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Casa Magna Colorado Robusto
94
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion A

Issue Date: April 1, 2022
Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion A

Up Front

Editor's Note: Our Favorite Movie

Editor's Note: Our Favorite Movie

Just the other day I picked up the phone and called the Godfather’s father, Francis Ford Coppola. I had one important question for him. I wanted to know how he felt today looking …

The Good Life

Les Fines Lames Knife Cutters

Les Fines Lames Knife Cutters

Historically, knife cigar cutters that fold have come with foibles for a number of reasons: The action is awkward, the cut, sloppy and the blade crushes the cigar head in the …

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary

TAG Heuer Autavia 60th Anniversary

Even before Steve McQueen made TAG Heuer’s square Monaco famous in the 1971 racing film Le Mans, the brand’s Autavia had become a go-to watch for some of that period’s most …

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Once upon a late St. Patrick’s Day evening, two companions and I changed our orders from pints of Smithwick’s ale to mugs of Irish Coffee, and an argument ensued. I posited that …

Umbrellas

Umbrellas

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also cause  the littering of gutters when the broken skeletons of failed umbrellas are unceremoniously tossed aside. We all know that …

Cannoli

Cannoli

When Clemenza told Rocco to “leave the gun, take the cannoli” in The Godfather movie back in 1972, it was perhaps the most sinister portrayal of the festive pastry in cinematic …

Pickleball

Pickleball

Unlike Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, I’ve found the athletic answer to the musical question “where has a slow-movin,’ once quick-draw outlaw got to go?” Pickleball. …