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May/June 2004
In this issue

Alec Baldwin • May/June 2004

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, and go behind the scenes of Alec Baldwin's rising star. Also, read an interview and view the beach photo shoot with Playboy playmate Brande Roderick, discover Long Island's Golf Legacy, a 98-point Partagas, the latest Asian Luxury cars, a Q&A with Matasa owner Manuel Quesada, the turnaround in the Dominican Republic and much, much more.

Features

Back On Track

Back On Track

Alec Baldwin is excited. The handsome 46-year-old actor can't wait to deliver a line from Twentieth Century, the Broadway revival he's starring in with Anne Heche. In the play, …

A Splash of Brande

A Splash of Brande

Brande Roderick is having a ball. She is on the beach in Malibu, preening for the camera. First in a white bikini, then a blue bikini, now with a surfboard, next a cigar. Jack …

America's Golf Gateway

America's Golf Gateway

In a June afternoon in 1972, two teenage house painters arrived at the 18th tee. They had said little to each other for most of the round, unusual for two kids who generally …

Virtual Poker Gets Real

Virtual Poker Gets Real

Inside a cramped, windowless office near downtown Nashville, Tennessee, a thickly built, squinty-eyed CPA with a small goatee encircling his mouth fires up his computer and heads …

Asian Deluxe

Asian Deluxe

Were it not for the impossibly blue ocean lapping the distant shore, you might imagine yourself driving on the moon. This desolate, cratered landscape certainly doesn't resemble …

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier

The first time I listened to high-resollution surround-sound music was literally a religious experience. It was at an electronics-industry trade show, in a listening room set up …

Majesty of the High Seas

Majesty of the High Seas

The largest passenger ship ever built sits alongside the dock in Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades. Security is tight amid unsubstantiated rumors that this brazen ocean liner …

Cigars

Dominican Dominance

Dominican Dominance

Not so long ago, the Dominican Republic was a small player in the world cigar market. Now it leads the way.

An Interview With Manuel Quesada

An Interview With Manuel Quesada

The head of Manufactura de Tabacos S.A. (Matasa), makers of Fonseca, Cubita and other cigars.

An End and a Beginning

An End and a Beginning

Emilia Tamayo, the Cohiba factory manager, steps down as a flood of new cigars hits the market

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

San Cristobal de la Habana El Morro

Issue Date: June 1, 2004
San Cristobal de la Habana El Morro
93
points

Diplomaticos No. 2

Issue Date: June 1, 2004
Diplomaticos No. 2
92
points

Montecristo No. 2

Issue Date: June 1, 2004
Montecristo No. 2
92
points

Montecristo No. 1

Issue Date: June 1, 2004
Montecristo No. 1

Up Front

Cigar Sales Defy Smoking Bans and Rise in 2003

Cigar Sales Defy Smoking Bans and Rise in 2003

Doesn't it feel as if cigar smokers have been beaten up in the last five years? After the exciting days of the cigar boom in the mid-1990s, we probably took our successes a bit …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I am a Dutch reader of your fine magazine and I'd like to share a good-life cigar experience that I had while visiting Mexico. I purchased a Cuban Punch Punch …

The Good Life

Delphi XM Satellite Radio SkyFi Receiver

Delphi XM Satellite Radio SkyFi Receiver

Not too long ago, listening to the radio while driving created a bit of a conundrum. With one eye on the road and a hand on the radio dial, getting proper reception was a feat …

Tommy Bahama Camp Shirt

Tommy Bahama Camp Shirt

If your camp shirt were your friend, what kind of friend would he be? In the fantasyland of Tony Margolis, Bob Emfield and Lucio Dalla Gasperina, creators of the Tommy Bahama line …

Walker Zabriskie Cigar Ashtray

Walker Zabriskie Cigar Ashtray

Take a solid block of wood, set it in front of you, and what do you see? Walker Zabriskie Design sees the makings for a fine cigar ashtray. Whether it's artistic inspiration …

Four Seasons Maui

Four Seasons Maui

My favorite corner table tells me everything I want to know about the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, in Hawaii. Outdoors, on the lanai of the Spago restaurant, there is a …

Lobel's of New York

Lobel's of New York

Lobel's of New York has sold premium meats at its Madison Avenue location for 50 years. The family has been in the business for five generations, first as cattlemen in Austria and …

American Traders Wooden Canoe

American Traders Wooden Canoe

On the Connecticut River near the Canadian border in early June, the water is crisp and high on its banks. Packed with fishing gear, tents and other camping supplies, our cedar …

Hublot Classic

Hublot Classic

For today's man, following horological trends is similar to following the stock market. A keen eye must be fixed on the latest styles and fashions in order to keep up to date. …

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

It has two seats, eight cylinders and 617 horsepower. It will hit 125 miles an hour in 10.6 seconds and top out at just over 200. Did we mention that it also costs $450,000? Then …

Pawleys Island Rope Hammocks

Pawleys Island Rope Hammocks

Backyards and beachfronts across America owe a debt of gratitude to a young, ingenuous South Carolina cargo boat captain who envisioned a better way to lounge. As the story …