November/December 2012
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Ernie Els • November/December 2012

In the December issue of Cigar Aficionado, British Open Champion Ernie Els talks not only of life on the links, but about his life far beyond the golf tour. Also, a look back at the dangerous days of the Cuban missile crisis, how tournament poker is picking up pace as well as our extensive travel guide. Plus, an interview with La Palina brand owner Bill Paley, our annual holiday gift guide of cigar gear and ratings for 75 smokes.

Features

The Big Easy

The Big Easy

When Ernie Els lifted the Claret Jug into the grey skies above Royal Lytham in July, 10 years of major championship frustration, nearly two years of bad putting and a continual …

A Golf Fanatic

A Golf Fanatic

On the 18th green of the Old Course at St Andrews on a lovely July evening, Herb Kohler watches his close friend Mori Hosseini drop a 30-foot putt for all the money. “Take …

Is the Online Poker Party Over?

Is the Online Poker Party Over?

Poker players are notorious for telling hard-luck stories about the ace that came from out of nowhere to ransack their chips or the unlikely run of bad cards that annihilated a …

The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50

The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50

In October of 2002, as President George W. Bush openly prepared for the invasion of Iraq, an elite group of former Kennedy White House aides gathered in Havana to commemorate the …

The Caribbean's Finest

The Caribbean's Finest

Spanning hundreds of islands, thousands of miles of gorgeous turquoise waters and dozens of unique cultures, the Caribbean is a perennial vacation favorite. It is also incredibly …

GPS to the Max

GPS to the Max

Among the great cosmic questions that plague mankind, “Where the hell am I?” is high on the list. Fortunately, technology offers a partial solution to this existential crisis in …

Prime Time

Prime Time

At January’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) fair in Geneva, Richard Mille flaunted his knack for creating buzz with the $1.65 million RM 56 Felipe Massa …

Cigars

Wall Street Watchdog

Wall Street Watchdog

With a take-no-prisoners attitude and an eye to protecting the common investor’s interest, Charles Gasparino of FOX Business Network is the financial reporter who makes people …

La Palina's Next Act

La Palina's Next Act

Bill Paley sits back in a leather chair in his Washington, D.C., office, a puff of smoke from his La Palina cigar dying long before it reaches the ceiling that looms high above. …

A Day at the La Corona Factory

A Day at the La Corona Factory

The long journey a tobacco leaf takes through a Cuban cigar factory, from front door to cigar box

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro Toro

Issue Date: December 1, 2012
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro Toro
93
points

Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2

Issue Date: December 1, 2012
Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2
93
points

Cuaba Salomon

Issue Date: December 1, 2012
Cuaba Salomon
93
points

Romeo y Julieta Belicoso

Issue Date: December 1, 2012
Romeo y Julieta Belicoso

Up Front

Wrong About Cuba Again

Wrong About Cuba Again

In 2011, the U.S. Government loosened the restrictions on travel to Cuba, allowing more “people-to-people” visits for religious, medical and professional research reasons. The new …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone associated with Cigar Aficionado for 20 years of great smokes, great drinks and great conversation. I came …

The Good Life

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

When Nintendo introduced its Wii console back in 2006, it changed the way we play video games. Instead of passively sitting and pressing buttons, Wii games expected us to swing …

Custom Shirts

Custom Shirts

Forget designer labels. In men’s clothing, bespoke has long been the ultimate standard of quality and selection. The garment that’s made for you not only offers perfect fit, but …

Montegrappa Pens

Montegrappa Pens

The few romantic scribes who still take time to handwrite letters are becoming as outdated as druids. The ones who do it in style are even more anachronistic. Nevertheless, one …

Lexus LS

Lexus LS

Passionate performance are two words not typically associated with Lexus, especially not its big flagship, the LS. But Toyota’s luxury brand has a history of delivering some …

Fischer Soma Vacuum Ranger 12 Ski Boots

Fischer Soma Vacuum Ranger 12 Ski Boots

When shopping for a new pair of ski boots, remember this simple maxim: comfort is king. Even the best technologies, after all, are rendered useless if the skier is plagued by the …

Krug’s Crown Jewels

Krug’s Crown Jewels

For centuries, the secret to taming the northern climate of France’s Champagne region and producing a balanced bubbly has been the art of the blend: mingling different grape …

Hawks Cay

Hawks Cay

The Florida Keys long ago evolved from a sleepy stretch of islands connected by the Overseas Highway into a magnet for snowbirds, weekend fishermen and cruise-ship tourists. As a …

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

It’s no secret that much of the fare we enjoy at Thanksgiving was missing from the Pilgrims’ table. In fact, many of our favorite holiday foodstuffs were absent from Plymouth …

Black-Tie Time

Black-Tie Time

’Tis the season when your social calendar fills with holiday festivities that demand dressing up. Such formal occasions call for refined watches with traditional flair that embody …

Super Slot Car Layouts

Super Slot Car Layouts

The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca is one of the most daunting curves in racing, but you come barreling out of the turn looking like a pro. Your ride starts to fishtail as you gun it …