November/December 2015
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Jon Voight • November/December 2015

The consummate professional, Jon Voight sees his acting career as a trek from role to role, and he brings his best to every one of them. Read about his illustrious career, including his current role as Mickey Donovan, the likable monster on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”, in the December issue of Cigar Aficionado. Additionally, we explore network television reporting and the rise of partisan news, celebrate 20 years of Fuente Fuente OpusX, the cigar naysayers said couldn’t be made, and our panel of acclaimed travel experts chooses the world’s finest cruises. Plus, 77 cigars rated and our holiday gift guide for cigar lovers.

Features

The Professional

The Professional

Dressed in a natty sport coat and slacks, Jon Voight cuts a distinctive figure in the landscape of California casual, as he crosses the parking lot and enters the Beverly Glen …

Can You Trust The Media?

Can You Trust The Media?

It's the most trusted institution in America. Its most prominent practitioner is the most trusted man in America. By an overwhelming margin, Americans give it high marks for …

The '21' Club's Havana Gamble

The '21' Club's Havana Gamble

In 1931, Ernest Hemingway was caught in its kitchen having sex with gangster Legs Diamond's girlfriend. Holly Golightly dined there in Breakfast at Tiffany's , as did the book's …

The Golf Artist

The Golf Artist

Robert Trent Jones Jr. can't tell you how many miles he's traveled, though 10 million might be the starting point. He can't tell you how many hotel rooms he stayed in, though it …

Viva Italia

Viva Italia

When the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo made its grand debut of the new Giulia sedan in July, the choice to have tenor Andrea Bocelli give an emotional rendition of classic aria …

The World's Best Cruises

The World's Best Cruises

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness," wrote Mark Twain in 1869, penning what would become arguably Western literature's most famous quote about travel. …

Cigars

20 Years Of OpusX

20 Years Of OpusX

A little more than two decades ago, Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. planted 37 acres of Corojo seeds in the Dominican Republic with every intention of producing quality wrapper leaf. …

Sampling Smaller Havanas

Sampling Smaller Havanas

Cuba’s new sampler presents famous brands in an intriguing size

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Bolivar Belicoso Fino

Issue Date: December 1, 2015
Bolivar Belicoso Fino
93
points

Heritage By Dunhill Robusto

Issue Date: December 1, 2015
Heritage By Dunhill Robusto
93
points

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Issue Date: December 1, 2015
H. Upmann Magnum 46
93
points

Partagás Serie P No. 2

Issue Date: December 1, 2015
Partagás Serie P No. 2

Up Front

Seeking the Truth

Seeking the Truth

A generation ago the face that described the accounts of the day on your television screen each evening was that of a trusted friend who seemed to deliver news without opinion, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, Thank you for the De Niro interview. I always wanted to meet him and now I feel like I have. Keep up the good work. Phil Firich Wadsworth, Illinois Dear Marvin, …

The Good Life

Made For You

Made For You

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The "Made for You" section celebrates those items that are …

Twin Farms, Vermont

Twin Farms, Vermont

I'm riding my bike on the bucolic backroads of Vermont when a Mercedes (or BMW, Audi, or Jaguar) with out-of-state plates slows, and the driver's window rolls down. I know what is …

Jet-Flame Tabletop Lighters

Jet-Flame Tabletop Lighters

If your collection of cigar-smoking accessories were a chess set, the tabletop lighter would no doubt be a king. More stately in both size and appearance, it is designed not for …

Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

Thanksgiving meat preferences are limited by custom to two: white turkey meat or dark. By December's holidays, one might be ready for a respite from eating of the big bird, …

Brandy Cocktails

Brandy Cocktails

The return of cold weather is a good reason to remember that brandy—the most warming of spirits—played a formative role in the development of mixology. Already a key libation in …

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

I've been talking to my kitchen counter, and she's been talking back. She's a great listener, Alexa, and clever, too. She knows the forecast, the score of the latest Jets game and …

Meteorite Dials

Meteorite Dials

When meteorite hunter Luc Labenne first placed a piece of the moon in the hand of Jean-Marie Schaller, the CEO and creative director of the boutique watch brand Louis Moinet …

Play-and-Dine Pool

Play-and-Dine Pool

As summer sports give way to indoor games, Blatt Billiards returns us to the gentle pastime plied on green baize. Newly gentrified by a move to midtown New York City, the home of …

McLaren 650S Spider

McLaren 650S Spider

We decided to take the fast way to Hell and back. Hell, Michigan, that is, at the helm of the McLaren 650S Spider. It's not quite the fastest car on the planet, but able to launch …

Model Ships

Model Ships

You were 11 years old, and the cover of the box featured a battleship churning upon a raging sea, guns firing with fury. You opened the package, revealing hundreds of plastic …

The Smoking Jacket

The Smoking Jacket

A garment as traditional as the smoking jacket—in use since the mid 19th-century and with a pedigree that reaches back to the 1500s—isn't expected to make fashion turns. But this …