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Nov/Dec 2005
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Antonio Banderas • Nov/Dec 2005

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado and trot the globe with international leading man Antonio Banderas. Also, Tiger Woods teams with Marvin R. Shanken, enjoy a well-aged Fuente Fuente OpusX, read a Q&A with Jose Orlando Padrón, and meet the smaller survivors of the cigar boom.

Features

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

It's a noticeably somber morning at the Banderas household. Actually, it's just one of actor Antonio Banderas' five households—the one in Marbella, Spain—and, with an internationa…

Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: My Day with Tiger

Confessions of a Weekend Golfer: My Day with Tiger

"How did you play?" a friend asked. "Tiger shot 6-under," I replied. That was the response I repeated whenever a friend asked how I played with Tiger Woods on July 27 …

In the Land of the Kiwis

In the Land of the Kiwis

As you stand on the 16th tee of the Kauri Cliffs Golf Club in New Zealand, you know in your bones this is why you came. This is why you planned so precisely, packed so excitedly …

SUVs Meet the New Fuel Crunch

SUVs Meet the New Fuel Crunch

Shelly and Jim Hopper have had a crude awakening. It was when they saw the numbers on the local gas pump start to spin like the reels on a slot machine every time they went to …

Great Grown-up Gadgets

Great Grown-up Gadgets

Dear Santa, Not sure if you remember me. I'm the little boy who crashed right into the reindeer as I fled in panic from your hearty "Ho-Ho-Ho" at Macy's back in 1959. At any …

More than the Games

More than the Games

During the course of this year's World Series of Poker, some of the biggest names in the game—guys such as Erick Lindgren, Howard Lederer and Daniel Negreanu—failed to win a …

The GM Revolution

The GM Revolution

Deep inside Fenway Park on a damp evening early this past season, Theo Epstein leaned back in a metal chair and exhaled. It had been a long day, and Boston's game against Atlanta …

Drive Time

Drive Time

Hot cars and cool watches have always gone together. Measuring time is an essential method for evaluating the performance of vehicle and driver, both on the track and on the road. …

The World's Best Hotels & Resorts

The World's Best Hotels & Resorts

Major travel magazines crown a great many "bests" each year: best hotels, best resorts, best spas, etc. But most of these lists are based on reader polls, which are flawed because …

Cigars

Michael Irvin Keeping the Promise

Michael Irvin Keeping the Promise

The Former Dallas cowboy reflects on success, scandal and salvation, and his undying passion for football and cigars.

The Survivors

The Survivors

A decade ago scores of new cigar brands went on sale. Most are gone, but the few that remain have built a comfortable niche in the industry

Smoking Some of the Best

Smoking Some of the Best

Cigar Aficionado editors and two cigarmakers compare six great smokes

An Interview With Jose Orlando Padrón, Chairman, Padrón Cigars Inc.

An Interview With Jose Orlando Padrón, Chairman, Padrón Cigars Inc.

The patriarch and founder of Padrón Cigars Inc. has been making cigars since 1964.

Ratings from this Issue

92
points

Tatuaje Cabinet Tainos

Issue Date: December 1, 2005
Tatuaje Cabinet Tainos
92
points

Cohiba Siglo VI

Issue Date: December 1, 2005
Cohiba Siglo VI
92
points

Cohiba Siglo IV

Issue Date: December 1, 2005
Cohiba Siglo IV
92
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona

Issue Date: December 1, 2005
Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona

Up Front

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I would just like to say how much I love your magazine. As you might have read, I was involved in the rescue of Air France 358. I must say that after that, the …

The Good Life

Sony VGN-T350P/L

Sony VGN-T350P/L

It's tough to buy a laptop today that doesn't feature built-in wireless connectivity—but there's wireless, and then there's wireless. Standard-issue wireless networking (also …

Ties for the Holidays

Ties for the Holidays

For some reason, the man who has everything gets more neckties. Perhaps it's because it's a one-size-fits-all garment (except that you can have them customized to height) that …

Patek Philippe Calatrava

Patek Philippe Calatrava

It's hard to think of another watchmaker with a finer pedigree for craftsmanship than the Geneva-based Patek Philippe. With an annual production of about 30,000 watches, the …

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas

After decades of success rebuilding the Las Vegas skyline with high-profile volcanoes and dueling pirates meant to suck tourists off the street and into his resorts, the casino …

Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

Before we invented Thanksgiving, dooming millions of turkeys each November, the feast of choice at holiday celebrations was rib roast. Once you've had the real thing, it's easy to …

Top Ski Schools

Top Ski Schools

You soar over the bowl's lip, land in waist-high powder and race down 1,200 vertical feet of virgin snow. No lifts, no crowds, just you, miles of powder and an instructor ready to …

Pontiac Solstice

Pontiac Solstice

When the Pontiac Solstice rolled into Detroit's COBO Center in January 2002, it was the immediate hit of the North American International Auto Show. The problem was putting into …

Live the Rock Dream

Live the Rock Dream

Fantasy camps flatter every bygone sports aspiration from playing baseball with your idols to steering a racecar around an oval track. But what of us who nurtured rock'n'roll …