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May/June 2018
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Churchill • May/June 2018

More than 100 people have appeared on the cover of Cigar Aficionado: movie and television stars, sports legends, famous people of all types. When we asked our audience to vote on their favorite cover in celebration of our 25th anniversary in December, Sir Winston Churchill won the contest handily. He’s arguably the most important figure from the past 100 years of world history, and one who clearly resonates with our readers. 

Inspired by the recent Oscar-winning film, Darkest Hour, we set out to create our most comprehensive look at Churchill ever. First, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham examines the perseverance of Winston Churchill in steadying the British in their finest hour. Then we take a look at the many actors who have donned the bowler hat to affect the persona of Churchill on the silver screen. We also turn to the experts to find out if the stories of Churchill’s almost constant smoking and drinking are truth or mere legend, and take a look at the historic humidor given to Churchill by the nation of Cuba that is now enshrined in the collection of Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado.

Plus, we talk to Pete Bevacqua, the CEO of the Professional Golfers Association of America, take a look inside the new Arturo Fuente cigar factory, and rate 80 cigars in six sizes: Churchill, corona gorda, figurado, grande, petit corona and robusto. 

Features

Winston Churchill: A Portrait of Power

Winston Churchill: A Portrait of Power

His moment had finally come. It was Friday, May 10, 1940, and things could hardly have been worse. Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht was on the move in Western Europe, threatening to sweep …

The Role Of A Lifetime

The Role Of A Lifetime

Some historic figures leave giant footprints. Others cast a looming shadow. But when it comes to portraying Winston Churchill on film, it really comes down to his famous silhouett…

Smoking And Drinking Like Churchill

Smoking And Drinking Like Churchill

Imagining the great Sir Winston Churchill without a cigar clamped in his jaws or between his fingers is almost impossible. Stories that relate his prodigious drinking abound. His …

At The Top Of His Game

At The Top Of His Game

In the summer of 1994, after his first year at Georgetown University Law Center, Pete Bevacqua had a decision to make: He could work as a clerk for a New York State Supreme Court …

Bond. Bottled In Bond.

Bond. Bottled In Bond.

Let’s take a trip back to the good old days, a simpler time of little government regulation. It was an age when unsavory whiskey dealers ran unchecked and mixed unaged spirits …

A Million Dollar Day

A Million Dollar Day

The man in shorts smiling and casually smacking balls onto the range at the Old Palm Golf Club practice tee is the winner of a record 18 major tournaments, one Jack Nicklaus. …

Cigars

Carlos Fuente Jr. And The Cigar Factory

Carlos Fuente Jr. And The Cigar Factory

The Willy Wonka of the cigar world has turned his Dominican cigar factory into a work of art.

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Churchill For Sir Winston

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Churchill For Sir Winston

A tasting of vintage cigars, including H. Upmann Sir Winston (1995), Partagás Lusitania (1972),  Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux (1994) and L’Atelier LAT56 (2012). 

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Partagás Corona Junior (Tubo)

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
Partagás Corona Junior (Tubo)
93
points

My Father La Opulencia Toro

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
My Father La Opulencia Toro
93
points

Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo)

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo)
93
points

Partagás Serie P No. 2 (Tubo)

Issue Date: June 1, 2018
Partagás Serie P No. 2 (Tubo)

Up Front

Winston Churchill—The Reader Favorite

Winston Churchill—The Reader Favorite

More than 100 people have appeared on the cover of Cigar Aficionado : movie and television stars, sports legends, famous people of all types. Winston Churchill stands apart. He’s …

Out of the Humidor, June 2018

Out of the Humidor, June 2018

Dear Marvin, Ryan Oliphant of Phoenix, Arizona, wrote that right, wrong or indifferent, he learned while growing up that successful, professional men enjoyed Scotch and …

The Good Life

Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

One of the best luxury ski resort hotels in the world, the Post is a winter fantasy—and it’s even better in summer. The location could not be better—the hotel sits smack in the …

The Frame By Samsung

The Frame By Samsung

The first time I visited Samsung’s Manhattan showroom to test out The Frame television, I breezed right past the display. And that’s precisely the point. The Frame isn’t just …

To’ak Chocolate

To’ak Chocolate

There’s never been a better time to be a chocolate lover. Raw materials are selected and processed with more care, and the fine chocolate market for both plain and flavored bars …

American Brandy

American Brandy

Hear the words “exceptional brandy” and you probably think Cognac or Armagnac. While both have impeccable credentials, a growing cadre of domestic makers challenge them with …

Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport and GranLusso

Bulgari Octo Maserati GranSport and GranLusso

“Maserati and Bulgari have a lot of elements in common—we have the same clients, the same passion for beautiful things and the same attention to details,” Fabrizio Buonamassa, …

2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS

If you go by the standards of “tradition” and “heritage” that luxury brands frequently tout, Lexus, with its 1989 debut, is little more than an upstart. But it quickly upended the …

Wilson Ultra Performance Tennis Racket

Wilson Ultra Performance Tennis Racket

In olden days, when most tennis racquets were still made of wood, I could sometimes sneak a Bances or Te-Amo onto the practice court when the coach wasn’t around. I argued that …

Review: The Hacienda Humidor

Review: The Hacienda Humidor

There are two types of desktop humidors—uninspired wooden boxes and works of art. The Hacienda Humidor from Brizard & Co. falls squarely into the latter category. It’s …

Touring Churchill’s London

Touring Churchill’s London

Perched beneath the sprawling facade of Her Majesty’s Treasury building, a small entranceway leads visitors through a time portal to the epoch of the Second World War. It’s May of …

Made For You, June 2018

Made For You, June 2018

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 …