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May/June 2016
In this issue

Sean Combs • May/June 2016

Hip-hop-artist-turned-entrepreneur Sean Combs has created a multifaceted business empire, but it is about more than just the Benjamins. Read all about Combs’ success in June’s Cigar Aficionado. Plus, find out how PGA star Rickie Fowler added $1 million to the efforts of the Els for Autism Foundation with an unforgettable hole-in-one, go inside the new trend of luxury movie theaters, discover the novels of cigar-smoking author Ronald Balson, and celebrate the 90th birthday of cigar legend José Orlando Padrón. Plus, 80 cigars rated in six sizes: Churchill, corona, corona gorda, figurado, miscellaneous and robusto.

Features

The Unstoppable Force

The Unstoppable Force

In his day, singer James Brown was known as the hardest-working man in show business. He never had to compete for the title with Sean Combs. Even his name keeps him busy: In …

The Shot Heard Round The World

The Shot Heard Round The World

The hole was the size of an orange, and sat more than 340 feet away. The stiff breeze made it seem longer. Around it, a green whose slopes, petite size and oblong shape made the …

Fowler Follows Through

Fowler Follows Through

When Rickie Fowler won The Players Championship in May of 2015, it answered a lot of questions about his ability to close the deal on the PGA Tour, to beat the best in the best of …

Cinema Paradise

Cinema Paradise

You're escorted to your reserved seat: a motor-driven, cushy leather chair with a perch that is ready to support your weary legs. At the push of a button, the seat reclines far …

Poker 2.0

Poker 2.0

It's impossible to look at the Poker Central website, launched in 2015, without feeling a twinge of nostalgia. Its homepage is dominated by rectangular links to old poker-themed …

The Lawyer Who Wrote History

The Lawyer Who Wrote History

The Cigar Inn on Manhattan's east side is alive, if otherwise unremarkable, for a Monday night. Some smokers glance at a Kansas basketball game. Others finger their phones …

Cigars

Master Of Tobacco

Master Of Tobacco

José Orlando Padrón sits down in his conference room in Miami, a half-smoked cigar bearing his name clutched in his right hand, photos from his youth spread before him. On June …

The Six-Day Cohiba Party

The Six-Day Cohiba Party

The black-and-gold curtained walls darkened the gigantic Pabexpo ballroom, the setting for the final night of the 18th Festival del Habano. The words of Cuba's most iconic brand, …

A Celebration of Dominican Cigars

A Celebration of Dominican Cigars

Perhaps no other organization in the world strives to demystify tobacco and the cigarmaking process as ardently as ProCigar, the united group of cigar producers in the Dominican …

Connoisseur's Corner: A Near-Perfect Punch

Connoisseur's Corner: A Near-Perfect Punch

Connoisseurs prize cigars that come packed in cabinets of 50. There's more room for air to circulate around the cigars, which is good for aging, and there are double the number of …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Montecristo Open Master

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
Montecristo Open Master
93
points

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill
93
points

Norteño Robusto Grande

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
Norteño Robusto Grande
92
points

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 35

Issue Date: June 1, 2016
Padrón Serie 1926 No. 35

Up Front

A Visit To Cuba

A Visit To Cuba

You want to visit Cuba. We conducted a recent poll of our audience at cigaraficionado.com, and an incredible 95 percent of you said you were eager to pay a visit to the island, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I've been reading your magazine for a few years. Being from Canada I can travel to Cuba whenever I please (I live in a free country) and I go there about eight times …

The Good Life

Compact Humidors

Compact Humidors

Cabinet humidors may be the central command stations for connoisseurs with a collection, but don't overlook the convenience of having a few satellite humidors on hand for the …

Vodka by the Grain (and Grape)

Vodka by the Grain (and Grape)

In the world of vodka marketing much is made of the multiple times it may be distilled and filtered, but that downplays the core factor that gives the spirit its character: the …

Cordevalle Resort

Cordevalle Resort

Just south of San Jose, California and not far off the 101 freeway in the modest village of San Martin is the Cordevalle Resort, a golf destination with a rich championship …

Black Beauties

Black Beauties

Black is anything but basic, when it comes to watches. Not only does a dark cloak bring a slick and sporty persona to even the most classic models, but it can confer state-of-the-…

Monk-Strap Shoes

Monk-Strap Shoes

More daring than a Derby and less formal than an Oxford, the monk strap is a versatile dress shoe that pairs just as well with a bespoke suit as it does a blazer and jeans. …

2017 Acura NSX

2017 Acura NSX

The old two-lane road climbs rapidly out of the desert and into the mountains, high enough to find patches of snow from the previous night's storm. For most drivers, it's a …

Wilson Staff C200 Golf Irons

Wilson Staff C200 Golf Irons

The nine holes bored through the heads of Wilson Staff's new C200 golf irons may look like an assembly mistake, but rest assured, they are there by design. The voids, dubbed Power …

LG Signature OLED 4K TV G6

LG Signature OLED 4K TV G6

To all the cinephiles and visual snobs who have been defiantly clutching precious plasmas, boasting about the superiority of "infinite blacks" and the like: The time has come to …

Rare Coins

Rare Coins

Many of us kept coin collections as kids, tucking nickels and dimes into the designated slots in cardboard holders, hoping for something worth a little more than face value. On …