Sept/Oct 2007
In this issue

Richard Branson • Sept/Oct 2007

Pick up your latest issue of Cigar Aficionado, featuring an interview with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Also, a 99-point double corona from the '90s, the rash of retailer cigar lounges, Kirk Kerkorian's Vegas dominance, and ratings and notes on 78 cigars. 

Features

The Virgin Knight

The Virgin Knight

Centuries before there was a Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise or theme-park thrill ride, there were pirates, real pirates, raiding the British seaports of the Caribbean. …

Playing for the Big Bucks

Playing for the Big Bucks

Three decades ago, Lee Trevino was asked if he thought about the money when he was playing, in an era when first place was worth $50,000. "Man, I just think about the trophy," …

The Hold'em Hackers

The Hold'em Hackers

It was the summer of 2006 when Daniel Negreanu realized that poker's biggest players had completely flipped for golf. Over the course of a few weeks that season, the Bellagio's …

King of Vegas

King of Vegas

MGM Mirage president and chief financial officer Jim Murren, widely considered to be one of the most astute casino executives in Las Vegas, remembers his first encounter with …

2007 Football Forecast

2007 Football Forecast

With the National Football League turning into the National Felony League, commissioner Roger Goodell has been forced to become a modern-day Wyatt Earp. In the last year, there …

Top 10 Cars of the Year

Top 10 Cars of the Year

It's all about choice, isn't it? But while it may be easy to sort through all the different brands of soap at your local supermarket, it can get downright confounding to pick the …

HDTV Breakthroughs

HDTV Breakthroughs

With most technology purchases, you're entering into a relatively short-term relationship. Flirt with a new cell phone, go out on the town with it for a while and, if you really …

Master of Reality

Master of Reality

A disembodied and giant male face studded in grubby stubble, a spooning pair of tense lovers, a nude baby boy hanging crucifixion-style on a wall. These are just some of the …

Watches To Watch For

Watches To Watch For

Weave your way through the crowds in front of the Rolex booth; go around to the exhibition windows at Patek Philippe to see what's new with one of the watch industry's premier m…

Cigars

A New Tax for Cigars

A New Tax for Cigars

Just when you think it is possible that cigars, a legal adult product, have found their rightful place in American life, you get reminded that many people don't differentiate …

A Great Collector

A Great Collector

A 30-year-old Hong Kong businessman could have the greatest cigar collection in the world

Cigar Lounges: A Smoker's Last Refuge

Cigar Lounges: A Smoker's Last Refuge

Cigar shops are among the few places that a cigar smoker can call home

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Montecristo Petit Edmundo

Issue Date: October 1, 2007
Montecristo Petit Edmundo
93
points

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Issue Date: October 1, 2007
Saint Luis Rey Serie A
93
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

Issue Date: October 1, 2007
Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto
92
points

Punch Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2007
Punch Churchill

Up Front

Happy 15th Anniversary

Happy 15th Anniversary

In August 1992, we stood before the crowd of retail tobacconists in Chicago at the annual Retail Tobacco Dealers of America trade show. It was breakfast, and sitting in boxes …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, When I was a boy in London, it was a time when men still wore three-piece suits. My grandfather always wore a gold chain across his waistcoat with a heavy gold …

The Good Life

Yamaha Tyros2 Arranger

Yamaha Tyros2 Arranger

Perhaps you have a symphonic arrangement floating around in your head that might rival the classic Star Wars theme if it ever came to fruition, but unlike movie music maestro …

Cashmere Sport Coat

Cashmere Sport Coat

You almost hesitate to call it a wardrobe staple because it is so luxurious, but if you have the means it should become one. Versatile, handsome, functional and kind to the …

The Lodge at Doombeg Golf Club

The Lodge at Doombeg Golf Club

Few are the places that can be brand new and yet seem utterly timeless. The Lodge at the Doonbeg Golf Club, on the west coast of Ireland, is one. And when you also ponder its …

The Zippo Blu

The Zippo Blu

After 75 years with the same pocket lighter, Zippo has got itself a new flame. In the year of its diamond anniversary, the Zippo Manufacturing Co. has the cigar smoker in mind …

HeartBrand Beef

HeartBrand Beef

Science tells us that our own genetics plays a big part in our cardiac health risks, but those of us who are carnivores may do well to consider another DNA line for our diet: …

Nike+iPod

Nike+iPod

I'm loping along, my feet lightly skimming the ground, the endorphins starting to kick in. The staccato trumpet blasts of "Going the Distance" from the Rocky soundtrack pulsate …

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia

It's said that a man's watch reveals his personality. If the sentiment is true, wearing a Saxonia from A. Lange & Söhne would likely paint you as a confident, but modest …

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

When it comes to convertibles, there are fans, and there are true aficionados. If you're among the latter group, you're likely to raise the roof for only the most inclement …

Straight Rye Whiskey

Straight Rye Whiskey

It's gratifying when anything flirts with extinction and bounds back into the limelight. Such is the case with rye whiskey. Ten years ago it was an afterthought on a remote shelf …

Can-Am Spyder Roadster

Can-Am Spyder Roadster

Is invention the mother of necessity? Can a Canadian company capture a market for its new, three-wheel motorcycle alternative? Or has it spent 11 years and $180 million developin…

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