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November/December 2009
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Hugh Grant • November/December 2009

In the jam-packed December issue of Cigar Aficionado, Hugh Grant, the English actor known for his boyish grin and polished demeanor, talks about his romantic comedy career, why he likes the cowboy look and just how far he'll go to rattle the competition during a round of golf. Also, be sure to read about golfers who have shot 59, why Vegas may be the best place to watch the Super Bowl and how to score a luxury vacation in a tough economy. Plus, our annual holiday gift guide, a profile of Carmelo Anthony and a tour of the J.C. Newman factory in Tampa.

Features

Trash Talker?

Trash Talker?

The subject is golf—a topic that obsesses actor Hugh Grant to the point that he occasionally drives even himself crazy talking and thinking about it. "When you say to a …

BMW's Next Big Challenge

BMW's Next Big Challenge

The ancient roadster strains at the steep grade, its 75-year-old engine wheezing like the little engine that could. Maybe. It takes serious effort to muscle the two-seater around …

The Thrills of the Hunt

The Thrills of the Hunt

Duck hunting. Think of it as going on a blind date, for every hunt is full of uncertainty. And the greatest moment of anticipation is right before you are introduced, as on this …

Sin City Superbowl

Sin City Superbowl

For a lot of sports lovers, attending the Super Bowl live and in person, rides high on their bucket list. And, no doubt, securing a 50-yard-line seat at the big game is something …

Golf's Magic Number

Golf's Magic Number

At the highest echelon of championship golf, there is a very small club. Very small. Tiger Woods isn't a member. Neither is Jack Nicklaus. Neither is Arnold Palmer. Ben Hogan and …

Cigars

Shooting Star

Shooting Star

Twenty-five-year-old Carmelo Anthony has an impressive résumé on and off the basketball court.

Modesta Fondeur

Modesta Fondeur

A woman making sense of a male-dominated tobacco world

The Age Equation

The Age Equation

At a special tasting in Havana, a 10-year-old Partagas 8-9-8 goes up against a current production cigar

Last Men Standing

Last Men Standing

At 114 years old J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is the only big company still making cigars in Tampa, the Florida tobacco center that once rolled 500 million cigars a year

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro

Issue Date: December 1, 2009
Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro
93
points

Bolivar Inmensas

Issue Date: December 1, 2009
Bolivar Inmensas
92
points

Cohiba Siglo V Tubo

Issue Date: December 1, 2009
Cohiba Siglo V Tubo
92
points

Romeo y Julieta Coronitas en Cedro

Issue Date: December 1, 2009
Romeo y Julieta Coronitas en Cedro

Up Front

Goodbye 2009

Goodbye 2009

One of the toughest years in our lifetimes is drawing to a close. A year ago, we were almost paralyzed with a deep fear that our financial security was catastrophically …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I hung on to every word from Marshall Fine's interview of the stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones. Oddly enough I noticed she wasn't holding a cigar in the cover shot …

The Good Life

Panasonic Portable Blu-ray Player

Panasonic Portable Blu-ray Player

Blu-ray discs are made for viewing on big high-def TV screens, where their vastly superior resolution offers clear benefits over DVDs. Why, then, would anyone fork over good money …

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

If you've spent any time in the Bay Area of San Francisco, you've probably driven right past Half Moon Bay. It doubtless never occurred to you that there are two fine golf courses …

Skins Compression Suit

Skins Compression Suit

When a new high-tech swimsuit helped athletes to break 21 records at this summer's swimming world championships, coaches and athletes griped about fair play. Some swimmers had …

Cyril Brizard Deck Ashtray

Cyril Brizard Deck Ashtray

How many times have you been enjoying a cigar with more than two or three friends and found that when you go to lay down your cigar, every available slot in the ashtray is taken? …

Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne

The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance hosts some of the classic car world's most storied automobiles. But this August, the tony event made history of its own by staging its …

Bucherer Patravi EvoTec DayDate Watch

Bucherer Patravi EvoTec DayDate Watch

Open-case backs on watches are evocative as their glass windows give a view of the intricate mechanism within. On automatic watches, however, they can be just plain frustrating …

Singular Malts

Singular Malts

It's been called the most wonderful time of the year. But if you still consider the holidays full of hokum and humbug, consider this, Scrooge: this is the season the great Scotch …

Cuff Links

Cuff Links

Life in the seventeenth-century court of Louis XIV was a show of ostentation—frilly, silk clothes, precious stones, powdered wigs and pancake makeup—and that was just on the men. …

Smoked Fish

Smoked Fish

Smoked fish—essentially priced as a luxury item today—likely had quite humbler origins. Fish and other meats were salt-cured and kept at low heat for some time to preserve them. …

Design Your Own Wine

Design Your Own Wine

Ah, the romantic allure of owning your own vineyard and making your own wine. There's nothing like pulling the cork on a bottle you made from grapes you crushed yourself. Nor can …