November/December 2017
In this issue

Michael Jordan • November/December 2017

Michael Jordan, America's most popular athlete and arguably the best ever to play in the NBA, returns to the cover of Cigar Aficionado with a new, exclusive one-on-one interview with Marvin R. Shanken. Jordan talks about his ever-growing business empire, which includes majority ownership of the Charlotte Hornets, his interest in the $3 billion Jordan Brand, several steak houses and joining longtime friend Derek Jeter in the group that recently acquired the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team. Jordan reveals his love of cigars (he smokes six a day), his passion for the game of golf and much more in a candid interview that took place over several cigars. The story is only one part of our comprehensive 25th anniversary issue, which looks back at the origins of Cigar Aficionado and gets you up close and personal with some of the biggest names ever to appear in the book. Plus, a perfect 100-point cigar and our extensive reviews of new cigars in the market. 

Features

Michael Jordan: The Sequel

Michael Jordan: The Sequel

No athlete in history has ever captivated audiences like Michael Jordan. He took pro basketball on his broad shoulders in the 1990s, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and …

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

"I feel sometimes that smoking is, believe it or not, more of a private affair. It’s something that I look forward to, that I covet. Therefore I will purposely deny myself several …

Before Cigar Aficionado

Before Cigar Aficionado

Officially it’s our 25th anniversary, but Cigar Aficionado ’s gestation goes back much further. Before Marvin R. Shanken created the magazine, he was a cigar-smoking publisher …

Recollections

Recollections

David Berkebile, owner of Georgetown Tobacco in Washington, D.C., remembers a lackluster industry 25 years ago. But by 1995, it was booming. “Sales for us that year were up 48 …

Great Smokes

Great Smokes

I had my first cigar when I was a student at the great University of Miami in the 1960s. I went on a day trip to the Bahamas. While I was on the boat, I noticed somebody was …

The Classics

The Classics

Have you ever wondered—what are the highest rated cigars of all time? Wonder no more. These 41 smokes are the crème de la crème of the Cigar Aficionado blind tastings, each with …

Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame

Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame

The 19 members of Cigar Aficionado ’s exclusive Hall of Fame may come from varying backgrounds, but all of them share two traits that success is built upon: passion and drive. …

Generation Next

Generation Next

When 24-year-old Justin Thomas walked off the 18th green at Quail Hollow as the winner of the PGA Championship in August, waiting for him on his way to the scoring office was …

The Best Of Time In 2017

The Best Of Time In 2017

After riding out the past few years in a challenging sales climate, mainstream watch brands continue to put emphasis on value propositions with scaled-back pricing and a heavy …

Cigars

Cuba: 25 Years Later

Cuba: 25 Years Later

A look at what has changed—and what has not—in Havana since 1992.

25 Years of Change

25 Years of Change

The evolution of the premium cigar  over the past quarter century.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Pre-Castro Cubans Aged To Perfection

Connoisseur’s Corner: Pre-Castro Cubans Aged To Perfection

(From the December 2017 Cigar Aficionado ) There was a time before Fidel Castro’s Revolution when Cuban brands were privately owned, giving each owner the freedom to produce …

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Churchill

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Churchill
92
points

Bolivar Belicoso Fino

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
Bolivar Belicoso Fino
92
points

E.P. Carrillo Dusk Solidos

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
E.P. Carrillo Dusk Solidos
92
points

Oliva Serie V Torpedo

Issue Date: December 1, 2017
Oliva Serie V Torpedo

Up Front

Editor's Note: Twenty-Five Years of Cigar Aficionado

Editor's Note: Twenty-Five Years of Cigar Aficionado

Twenty-five years ago I fulfilled a longtime dream with the birth of Cigar Aficionado . My life has never been the same. The world was different in the fall of 1992. The …

Out of the Humidor, December 2017

Out of the Humidor, December 2017

Dear Marvin, I just finished reading the October issue today. I have been reading Cigar Aficionado for several years now and the October issue is one of your best football …

The Good Life

Classic: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Classic: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Fine Fabrics

Classic: Fine Fabrics

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: James Bond Shrimp

Classic: James Bond Shrimp

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Rolls-Royce Phantom

Classic: Rolls-Royce Phantom

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Breitling Emergency II

Classic: Breitling Emergency II

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Manhattan Project

Classic: Manhattan Project

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Backyard Putting Greens

Classic: Backyard Putting Greens

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Siglo Fingerprint-ID Humidor

Classic: Siglo Fingerprint-ID Humidor

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Classic: Run Silent, Run Deep

Classic: Run Silent, Run Deep

T he Good Life Guide may not have been born until shortly before Cigar Aficionado’s 10th anniversary, but the pursuit of excellence has been part of our DNA from the get-go. The …

Made For You, December 2017

Made For You, December 2017

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 …