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November/December 2018
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Danny DeVito • November/December 2018

Acerbic, devious and sometimes insane on-screen, Danny DeVito is compassionate and relaxed when the cameras aren’t rolling. In December's Cigar Aficionado, the actor reveals himself to be a nice guy who just so happens to be very good at playing ruthless people. Also, we present the ultimate cigar-lovers travel guide to the Dominican Republic, focusing on world-class golf, the island's finest resorts, great dining and cigar tours. Plus, a look at the greatest final performances in sports history, Cuba's best tobacco farms and a primer on holiday cocktails. And then there are cigars. Our tasting panel rates 81 smokes across six sizes: Churchill, corona, corona gorda, figurado, grande and robusto.

Features

Devilish Danny

Devilish Danny

Danny DeVito can visualize it perfectly, as though through a director’s viewfinder: A large tobacco field in Cuba. A carpet of green fills the frame, as viewed from overhead by …

Santiago: Cigar City

Santiago: Cigar City

The waiter pours your coffee, strong and hot. As you take that first, bracing sip, you stare out from your perch and look down upon the verdant green carpet stretched out far …

La Romana: Casa de Campo

La Romana: Casa de Campo

The infinity pool stretches out before you, cool and inviting. You light your cigar as a waiter brings an icy cocktail, and peruse the day’s menu, pondering your next move. At …

La Romana: Golfer’s Paradise

La Romana: Golfer’s Paradise

The right side of the fairway is jagged, as if a towering sea god had risen from the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean to rend the earth with his mighty, clawed hands, removing …

Dining Like a Dominican

Dining Like a Dominican

You can get great steak, Italian and other worldly cuisines in the Dominican Republic, but whenever we visit we also indulge in traditional Dominican fare. Mangú You’ll …

Santo Domingo: The Colonial City by the Sea

Santo Domingo: The Colonial City by the Sea

A statue of Nicolás de Ovando stands atop a marble base in the middle of a piazza that dates back to the 16th century. Cast in bronze, he’s a bit shorter and a bit stouter than …

Playa Grande: Dominican Deluxe

Playa Grande: Dominican Deluxe

Three decades ago, Adrian Zecha’s search for a beachfront home in Phuket, Thailand, led him to open a small resort he called Amanpuri. The term “boutique resort” was not yet in …

The Punta Cana Experience

The Punta Cana Experience

As Frank Rainieri went about realizing his dream by developing what would be called Punta Cana on the northeastern tip of the Dominican Republic, he would sometimes find himself …

The Greatest Comeback Ever?

The Greatest Comeback Ever?

Was Tiger Woods’ victory in the Tour Championship on September 23 the greatest comeback in sports history? It was, to be sure, huge. Even more, it was Hoganesque. Only …

Going Out With A Bang

Going Out With A Bang

When an athlete’s career is built of awe-inspiring moments, beginning, middle and end, then it reads like an essay—balanced and complete. Such was the career of one Derek Jeter, …

5 Must-Try Holiday Cocktails

5 Must-Try Holiday Cocktails

“I was just thinking of a flaming rum punch,”   muses Clarence, the simple angel of the holiday film classic It’s a Wonderful Life . Even though it’s a snowy Christmas Eve and he …

Cigars

Top Dominican Cigars to Buy Now

Top Dominican Cigars to Buy Now

It’s no secret some of the best cigars in the world are made in the Dominican Republic. They vary in terms of flavor and strength, from the mild to the more muscle-bound.

Cuba’s Best Cigar Tobacco Farms

Cuba’s Best Cigar Tobacco Farms

Five small farms in Western Cuba grow some of the finest cigar tobacco leaves in the entire world.

Connoisseur’s Corner: Pre-Castro Romeo y Julietas

Connoisseur’s Corner: Pre-Castro Romeo y Julietas

This cabinet of 50 pre-Castro cigars has unusual packaging, and the smaller cigars inside come packed in foil.

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

Flor de las Antillas Belicoso

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
Flor de las Antillas Belicoso
93
points

Casa Cuba Doble Tres

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
Casa Cuba Doble Tres
93
points

La Colmena Amado No. 44

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
La Colmena Amado No. 44
93
points

Charter Oak CT Shade Rothschild

Issue Date: December 1, 2018
Charter Oak CT Shade Rothschild

Up Front

Editors' Note: Traveling in Cigar Country

Editors' Note: Traveling in Cigar Country

There’s nothing quite like it—visiting a country where cigars are made. You can walk through tobacco fields and tour cigar factories, witness tobacco being harvested and cigars …

Out of the Humidor, December 2018

Out of the Humidor, December 2018

Dear Marvin, I enjoyed your wide-ranging interview with Alex Rodriguez in the October Cigar Aficionado. For someone as well-known as A-Rod, it was surprisingly full of …

The Good Life

Japan: Present and Past

Japan: Present and Past

Tokyo’s vast skyline, its towers aglow with blinking red lights, fans out beneath the 33rd-floor windows of your room at the new Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho hotel. The mesmerizin…

First-Class Fruitcake

First-Class Fruitcake

You’re to be forgiven if you think of fruitcake as a punch line rather than a culinary treat. We’ve all encountered that stale doorstop of a cake embedded with iridescent fruit …

2019 BMW 5-Series M5

2019 BMW 5-Series M5

While the 3-Series may be the most popular—read: financially attainable—BMW, the brand’s heart and soul is in the 5-Series, a sedan that blends luxury and performance into one …

In-Vest In Your Best

In-Vest In Your Best

In the movie Catch Me If You Can , when the young imposter/con man Frank Abagnale sees Goldfinger and sets his sights on impersonating 007, the ejector seat and grille-mounted …

Ultrathin Watches

Ultrathin Watches

Only true masters of the art of watchmaking can take the craft to minimalist extremes. This year, Piaget, a specialist in ultrathin watchmaking since it introduced the 2.0-mm-thic…

House-Aged Champagne

House-Aged Champagne

Everyone knows a sandwich tastes better when someone else makes it for you. And if you want a perfectly aged bottle of vintage Champagne, you let the experts do it. That’s the …

Vigilant Reliance Wall Humidors

Vigilant Reliance Wall Humidors

You’ve always wanted a bigger humidor but never had the space. Cabinet models take up too much room and end-table humidors are as bulky as a small refrigerator. The Vigilant …

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

There’s a tribal pull to a firepit: Friends gather, conversation flows, the smoke of your cigar blends with the cinders. It’s magnetic, like the kitchen in your home. So why would …

Made For You, December 2018

Made For You, December 2018

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 …