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Welcome to Cuba • May/June 2015

As Cuban-American relations continue to thaw, tourism to Cuba is quickly becoming an exciting prospect for both nations. The June issue of Cigar Aficionado sets out to bring you the ultimate Cuba travel guide. We take you inside the vastly expanding fine-dining scene in Havana; highlight the unique blend of old-world charm and new-world conveniences of the city's newest hotels; celebrate the rich culture of Cuban music and art; explore Cuba's emerging cocktail culture and nightlife; and, of course, provide a comprehensive guide to all things cigars, including what to smoke, where to buy them, and the once-in-a-lifetime experience of touring a Cuban cigar factory. Plus, a feature on the emergence of hybrid tobacco seeds.

Features

Buying Cuban Cigars in Havana

Buying Cuban Cigars in Havana

You pull open the glass door of the cigar shop, your eyes drawn to the dark wood of the walls, the array of picturesque cigar boxes and the small, circular bar, where a server in …

Cuba: Dawn Of A New Day

Cuba: Dawn Of A New Day

Cuba's Capitol building, a replica of the U.S. Congress, stands as a stark reminder of this moment in the country's history. Half of the building is restored, its glistening …

Dining in Havana

Dining in Havana

Roast chicken as good as L'Ami Louis in France. A lasagna de papaya as creative as any dish you could find in Barcelona. A barbecue pork rib as succulent and tender as you could …

A Comedian in Cuba

A Comedian in Cuba

It's a comedic format familiar to Conan O'Brien and his production crew: Leave the confines of the studio and travel to a remote location to film the gangly late-night star as he …

Island Overnights

Island Overnights

You can find an oldish-looking couch in the soaring lobby of the Hotel Raquel or the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Habana Vieja, order a rum on the rocks, and sit back to watch the parade …

The Hot Art of Havana

The Hot Art of Havana

The late afternoon light was fading, turning the tiny stairwell into a dim climbing adventure toward the apartment of Mabel Poblet Pujol, a young female Cuban artist. Even though …

Cocktail & Cigar Central

Cocktail & Cigar Central

It's true. We tend to focus on rum, and nothing but rum, when we are in Havana. The lineup of great Cuban rums has expanded in the last 10 years, and it's easy to work your way …

A Rhythm Runs Through It

A Rhythm Runs Through It

It is 6:30 pm. The room at the small music venue is already packed. With Cubans. No tourists. The music starts, and for the next two and a half hours, with no breaks, musician Rey …

The Fight That Made Havana Famous

The Fight That Made Havana Famous

One hundred years ago, the baddest man on the planet was Jack Johnson. And for a fleeting moment in April of 1915, he would make Havana, Cuba, the center of the sports world. …

The Temples of Cigars

The Temples of Cigars

The young man with the skinny arms wearing a sleeveless shirt sits at a weathered workstation on a wooden chair. Before him are piles of wrinkled leaves, some of them as dark as a …

Cigars

ProCigar Throws Eighth Festival in the Dominican Republic

ProCigar Throws Eighth Festival in the Dominican Republic

Held in the middle of the Dominican Republic's pre-Lent carnival celebration, the ProCigar festival is a yearly cigar-centric, cultural exposition of the Dominican cigar where …

Tobacco Typology

Tobacco Typology

It's late morning and Siegfried Maruschke walks with his father down a smooth and immaculately clean concrete floor in a warehouse in the Dominican Republic. There's no need for …

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Montecristo Edmundo

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Up Front

Cuba On The Mind

Cuba On The Mind

Look around—Cuba is everywhere. On the television news. In the papers. On radio. The December announcement that the United States was moving closer to normalizing relations with …

The Good Life

Large-Ring-Gauge Cutters

Large-Ring-Gauge Cutters

Stroll into any cigar bar or shop where patrons are enjoying smokes that fall on the plus side of 60 ring gauge, and you're likely walking into a debate. First of all, the …

Grand Del Mar, San Diego

Grand Del Mar, San Diego

The Grand Del Mar wants to wrap its arms around you. Southern California's most luxurious resort, just up the highway from San Diego, is itself wrapped in the midst of the Los …

The Margarita

The Margarita

It's been said that the Margarita is the traditional drink of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican version of Independence Day. But forget that noise. First of all, the fifth of May marks a …

Retro Swimwear

Retro Swimwear

The news that "retro swimwear" is making a fashion stand this season might conjure up visions of men covered from knee to elbow in heavy-knit Edwardian tank suits or something …

TaylorMade R15 Driver

TaylorMade R15 Driver

Possessing the ability to hit a calculated fade or draw and control the shape of a golf ball's east-west trajectory is a dream that many weekend warriors share. Suddenly that …

Volvo XC90

Volvo XC90

Say the name, Volvo, and you conjure up an image of a big, boxy wagon that's safe—but Spartan. If that's what you have in mind, it's clear you need to spend a little time behind …

Military Inspiration

Military Inspiration

The fact that most men now prefer their watch on their wrist—and not tucked away—has military origin. In 1880, German Kaiser Wilhelm I ordered 2,000 wristwatches from Swiss …

3-D Printing—Makerbot

3-D Printing—Makerbot

If you've been hearing a lot about 3-D (three-dimensional) printing lately, much of that is due to Makerbot. Aesthetically and philosophically the wunderkind of Apple, the young …

The Royal Scotsman

The Royal Scotsman

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express may be the world's most famous train, but its Scottish sibling, The Royal Scotsman, is the most luxurious. It holds the title even though—and …

Made For You, June 2015

Made For You, June 2015

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 …

Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja

Outside of Miami and the New York metro area—and maybe Cuba—it's not easy to get great Cuban food. No matter. Every year, I have a whole hog ( lechon asado ) party in my southern …