1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for $10 PLUS a Free Gift!

November/December 2013
In this issue

Liev Schreiber • November/December 2013

Liev Schreiber portrays Ray Donovan in the cable-television show of the same name. In the December issue of Cigar Aficionado, Schreiber talks about what it’s like to play such a challenging role. Also, we rank the 25 best golf resorts in the United States, discuss the conspiracy theories surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination, and profile a group of jet-setting poker players. Plus, we present our annual holiday gift guide of cigar accoutrements, and offer a Q&A with tobacco man Nestor Plasencia Jr.

Features

Hitting It Hard

Hitting It Hard

The question is a simple one: What character traits does Liev Schreiber share with Ray Donovan, the eponymous central character of Schreiber’s critically lauded series on …

The Best Golf Resorts

The Best Golf Resorts

Bandon Dunes. Pinehurst. Pebble Beach. Kiawah Island. Casa de Campo. For golfers, those names, some new, some old, aren’t just places, but the links versions of Mecca. They are …

The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Mike Keiser went to the ends of the earth to satisfy his passion for links golf. He built the Bandon Dunes complex on the remote southwest coast of Oregon. He built Barnbougle …

The Darkest Day

The Darkest Day

On the morning of November 22, 1963, a CIA operative named Nestor Sanchez arrived in Paris carrying a Paper Mate pen that contained a hidden hypodermic needle—a Cold War weapon …

Poker's New Jet Setters

Poker's New Jet Setters

Ttired-looking 20-somethings amble through an array of international airports carrying little more than duffle bags and backpacks. Casual clothes and long hours on airplanes make …

Making the Cut

Making the Cut

So you want to know how someone gets to play a pro sport? It’s like that old joke. You know the one: a wandering tourist asks a New Yorker, “Please—how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” …

Corvette's Challenge

Corvette's Challenge

The fields are the color of late summer straw, the dry grass and weeds thrashing wildly as we blow down the empty, two-lane blacktop winding through the back hills of Monterey …

The High Life

The High Life

When the world’s best woman skier, superstar Lindsey Vonn, suffered a season-ending injury in Austria, her boyfriend quickly came to the rescue. That would be the world’s No. 1 …

Time Travelers

Time Travelers

Whether they knew it or not, when the Wright Brothers took off at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, they were not only ushering in the age of flight, but new directions in …

Cigars

Talking Tobacco with Nestor Andrés Plasencia

Talking Tobacco with Nestor Andrés Plasencia

There was never a doubt that Nestor Andrés Plasencia would grow cigar tobacco. The fifth-generation tobacco man—known to many in the cigar world as Nestor Jr.—graduated from …

Cuba’s Edición Limitadas: Quality Rising

Cuba’s Edición Limitadas: Quality Rising

As the year draws to a close, collectors of Havana cigars turn their focus to Edición Limitadas. The identity of these special cigars is revealed early each year at February’s …

Strange Leaves

Strange Leaves

Despite all the technological innovation in the world today, cigarmaking really hasn’t changed much in the last few decades. Premium, handmade cigars, for the most part, are …

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Juan Lopez Selección No. 2

Issue Date: December 1, 2013
Juan Lopez Selección No. 2
93
points

Fernando León Family Reserve Belicoso

Issue Date: December 1, 2013
Fernando León Family Reserve Belicoso
93
points

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Issue Date: December 1, 2013
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story
93
points

Bolivar Corona Gigante

Issue Date: December 1, 2013
Bolivar Corona Gigante

Up Front

Cigar Truths

Cigar Truths

Will the government and the media ever stop lumping premium handrolled cigars together with products like machine-made and flavored cigars? That seems to be their aim. There have …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I recently came back from a seven-day cruise from New York City to Bermuda on one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest beautiful ships—the Norwegian Breakaway. For …

The Good Life

Cross-Country Skate Skiing

Cross-Country Skate Skiing

When most people think of cross-country skiing, they picture the classic diagonal stride that resembles a running action mixed in with a bit of glide courtesy of long skis. If …

The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

Long popular with European aristocrats and other international royalty, Gstaad, with its four mountains is arguably the world’s most exclusive—and traditional—ski town. Meticulous…

Sweater Jackets

Sweater Jackets

If we can credit any one force with driving recent men’s wear currents, it’s versatility. Denims dress up as easily as they dress down. Shirts that button down as business attire, …

Bacardi Facundo Rum Collection

Bacardi Facundo Rum Collection

It's always a treat when a friend known for his exquisite collection of spirits deigns to share a special bottle. When your friend is Bacardi and the company is breaking out not …

Fallon Cases

Fallon Cases

Like shoes and belts, many cigar accessories have traditionally been offered in two basic colors—brown and black. While this dichromatic existence has suited most cigar enthusiast…

Adventures in Pâté

Adventures in Pâté

If you imagine pâté to be a silky liver mousse, enriched by a lavish portion of foie gras, it might behoove you to know that not all pâtés fall under the umbrella of haute …

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

There’s been a lot of talk, lately, about autonomous cars and, by some estimates, we might soon be stumbling out in the morning, letting our sedans or SUVs handle the morning …

Retro Divers

Retro Divers

For years, watch brands have been pushing technical limits with extreme divers that can go to previously unfathomable depths. Nevertheless, a dive watch is a wardrobe staple more …

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One

The next generation of video game consoles is nearly upon us, with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One prepared to lock horns this holiday season in a battle for …

Sabering Champagne

Sabering Champagne

The party had just begun, and our hosts Chris and Krissie produced a frigid bottle of Bollinger and a gleaming steel sword. “What’s that for?” I asked, while nodding at the …