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November/December 2010
In this issue

Jim Belushi • November/December 2010

In the December issue of Cigar Aficionado, Jim Belushi lets us know if his new TV show is all drama or has some room for humor. Also, we explore Scotland's whisky experiences, take you on a tour of Drew Estate, profile weather guru Jim Cantore, present our annual holiday cigar gift guide, look back at the 10 biggest blunders in golf history, and offer our official NBA preview.

Features

Chasing the Magic

Chasing the Magic

Jim Belushi is relaxing in his dressing room at CBS Studios in Studio City, California, indulging himself in his daily post-lunch cigar ("It's a Fuente Gran Reserva—and it's …

NBA Preview: Can Anyone Beat the Heat?

NBA Preview: Can Anyone Beat the Heat?

This isn’t the year to trot out the typical banal sports clichés heard at the start of every season: “All things are new on opening day” or “A load of teams could compete for this …

Finding Fortune in Fantasy Football

Finding Fortune in Fantasy Football

Last December 27th, as the NFL season neared its completion, the Dallas Cowboys confronted the Washington Redskins. It was a big match-up for Dallas. Winning this game would …

The British are Coming

The British are Coming

California’s Highway One is a meandering ribbon of tarmac that follows the state’s serpentine coastline from Mexico to the Oregon border. It’s a scenic route, but can also be a …

Hotels and Resorts

Hotels and Resorts

Five years is a long time in the travel business. That's how long it's been since Cigar Aficionado first tackled the notion of selecting the Best Hotels and Resorts in the …

Adventures in Scotch Land

Adventures in Scotch Land

Step into a bog anywhere on Islay and the source of the smoky flavor synonymous with the whisky of this westerly island of Scotland begins to sink in—just as soon as your foot …

Golf's Biggest Mistakes

Golf's Biggest Mistakes

When David Price walked up to Dustin Johnson after he finished putting on the 18th green at Whistling Straits, he wasn't just following the game's etiquette. This wasn't the …

Cigars

Cuba’s House

Cuba’s House

If you’re in the market for rare and unusual Cuban smokes you need to seek out the official chain of worldwide Cuban cigar stores known as La Casa del Habano. Created 20 years ago …

Being Drew Estate

Being Drew Estate

The barrier-breaking Drew Estate, with its flavored Acid cigars, penchant for art work and industry-defying pedigrees, follows but two rules: make popular cigars and do it your …

In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

As the Weather Channel's chief hurricane tracker, Jim Cantore is usually at the center of the action—just the way he likes it.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Alec Bradley Family Blend T11

Issue Date: December 1, 2010
Alec Bradley Family Blend T11
93
points

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2010
Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill
92
points

Ambos Mundos No. 1 Grande

Issue Date: December 1, 2010
Ambos Mundos No. 1 Grande
92
points

Camacho Corojo Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2010
Camacho Corojo Churchill

Up Front

An Open Letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg

An Open Letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg

You would think in the 18 years since Cigar Aficionado was launched that we would have heard everything there was to hear about the crusade to ban tobacco use and cigar smoking. …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, For me, being able to sit on my deck with my wife Patti and our friends and smoke a cigar with a good vodka helps me to unwind from a 65-plus-hour work week and all …

The Good Life

Yerba Maté

Yerba Maté

Health is the hype with yerba maté. Reported to pack more antioxidants than green tea, this national brew of Argentina is credited with an eyebrow-raising range of benefits, from …

Up the Formal Wear

Up the Formal Wear

An unfortunate instinct grips many men when it comes to formal wear-tuxedos, dinner jackets, tail coats, etc. They downplay the importance of their fanciest clothes on the premise …

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus

Military intelligence. Put some words together and they form an instant contradiction. Yet, when others are paired, seeming opposites serve up a delicious surprise, like jumbo …

Age-Statement Cognac

Age-Statement Cognac

What's the difference between 12-year-old Cognac and 21-year-old? Until recently-as far as the consumer could tell-not much. That was because the world's premier brandy didn't …

Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock Inn & Resort

‘Tis the season when the Green Mountains are draped in their winter white and the Woodstock Inn & Resort beckons for a seasonal getaway. The luxurious inn has an enviable …

Pharma-Grade Humidification

Pharma-Grade Humidification

Ever look back on some of the curious bottled remedies and prescribed treatments of Victorian era Apothecaries? Farcical tinctures for a cough, questionable extracts for a …

Nordica Girish Skis

Nordica Girish Skis

In 1996, when professional skier Shane McConkey sketched a pair of fat skis with a rockered sidecut on a beer napkin at a bar in Argentina, everyone thought, well, he may be a …

Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT

Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT

When it comes to enjoying your car, what's under the hood can be a lot less important than what's mounted in the dashboard. After all, a Ferrari and a Kia are usually stuck with …

Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time

Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time

This traditional watch company hailing from the heart of the Swiss Jura has the exceptional and enviable position of being known for two different characteristics. One is its …

Shark-Cage Diving

Shark-Cage Diving

Your adrenaline kicks into the red zone as the shark glides past, dead silent, an arm's length from your face. He's Carcharodon carcharias , the great white, and this isn't an …