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May/June 2012
In this issue

The Brains Behind Homeland • May/June 2012

In the June issue of Cigar Aficionado, we speak with the creators of TV's hit show "Homeland", decide whether Tiger's recent PGA tour success is real, look at how casinos are convincing younger audiences to play slots, and delve into the world of Cognac. Plus, a talk with Tatuaje's Pete Johnson and Chef Marc Vetri.

Features

Inside Homeland

Inside Homeland

You’ve just created the hottest new TV series of the 2011 season, a breakout hit that manages to be thrillingly compelling while blending such diverse issues as terrorism, mental …

The Complex World of Cognac

The Complex World of Cognac

Michel Guilloteau’s little operation might be the envy of any of the recent wave of micro-distillers on the cutting edge of the crafts spirits movement. Here on his small vineyard …

Is Tiger’s Comeback Real?

Is Tiger’s Comeback Real?

When Tiger Woods sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole to win his own golf tournament last December, he looked a lot like the old Tiger, punching the air with a right uppercut, …

Golf City Down Under

Golf City Down Under

It’s just like playing golf in the British Isles—only it’s different.” That was how a fellow American golf pilgrim I crossed paths with in a locker room Down Under described his …

21st Century Slots

21st Century Slots

Michael Ordille remembers the first time he realized that “Sex and the City” was big beyond cable TV and the movies. He was at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for …

Cigars

Cuba Throws a Party for Romeo y Julieta

Cuba Throws a Party for Romeo y Julieta

With a backdrop of writhing dancers and fierce drumbeats, the Cuban cigar industry held its annual celebration, the Habanos Festival. We relate the festivities as well as the best …

Conducting a Culinary Symphony

Conducting a Culinary Symphony

Chef Marc Vetri Hits All the Right Notes in Philadelphia

Straight Talking with Pete Johnson

Straight Talking with Pete Johnson

The creative mind behind Tatuaje tells Cigar Aficionado what drives him forward

A Celebration of Premium Cigars in the Dominican Republic

A Celebration of Premium Cigars in the Dominican Republic

Swelling attendance marked the fifth annual Dominican Republic ProCigar Festival, which treated attendees to tours of tobacco farms, cigar seminars and gala dinners.

Havana Restaurant Update

Havana Restaurant Update

The 2012 restaurant scene in Havana is about as volatile as I told you it would be in the November/December issue about the city.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

H. Upmann Sir Winston

Issue Date: June 1, 2012
H. Upmann Sir Winston
93
points

La Palina El Diario KB

Issue Date: June 1, 2012
La Palina El Diario KB
92
points
La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet Chisel
92
points

Toraño Vault A-008 Toro

Issue Date: June 1, 2012
Toraño Vault A-008 Toro

Up Front

The Long Road Back

The Long Road Back

We checked out the Cigar Rights of America website in mid-March. More than 172,000 cigar lovers have signed a petition in support of H.R. 1639, a bill that would exempt premium, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I’m the owner of a private restaurant in Havana, Cuba, and I received your magazine from the hands of an American tourist who lives in Key Biscayne, Florida. I’m …

The Good Life

Dos Café Espresso System

Dos Café Espresso System

It’s sad what passes for espresso sometimes. Even in this enlightened age of coffee awareness, the requisite combination of fine grinds, well calibrated machinery and skilled …

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles, Scotland

Those in the know think of world-class golf, shooting, sumptuous spa facilities, falconry, the off-road driving school, an equestrian center, even croquet, when considering …

New Wave Boat Shoes

New Wave Boat Shoes

You can now include a wide spectrum of color and pattern choices to the many attributes of the boat shoe. That venerable piece of footwear that pairs nautical purpose with …

BMW 3-Series

BMW 3-Series

You don’t have to cover the automotive beat all that long before you  notice that whenever manufacturers reveal a new compact luxury car they’re all but certain to compare it to …

150 Years of Bacardi

150 Years of Bacardi

It’s hard to think of a brand that is as synonymous with a spirit as Bacardi. Order a Bacardi and Coke and everyone knows that you mean rum and that cola that’s also a household …

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

By providing an extraordinarily powerful 20x Leica zoom lens in a pocketable body that’s just 1.1 inches deep, Panasonic delivers an entirely crave-worthy compact camera. We’ll …

River Rafting

River Rafting

Whitewater rafting can be a river roller coaster or a gentle float through nature’s glory. Either way it’s some of the best wet fun going. We put in below the Ohiopyle Falls on …

StanCraft Mahogany Boats

StanCraft Mahogany Boats

For sheer grace on the water, there’s nothing like a mahogany boat. For mahogany boats, there may be nothing like those produced by StanCraft Boats of Post Falls, Idaho, close by …

Vintage Pilot Watches

Vintage Pilot Watches

The story goes that in 1904 the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the inconvenience of using a pocket watch while …

S.T. Dupont’s Black Light Collection

S.T. Dupont’s Black Light Collection

Few but pleasant are the activities that can be enjoyed in the dark (wink wink), and now, thanks to the glow-in-the-dark Black Light Collection from S.T. Dupont, we can add …