September/October 2012
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Cigar Aficionado's 20th Anniversary • September/October 2012

In the October issue of Cigar Aficionado, we celebrate 20 years of being the ultimate resource for cigar lovers. It starts with Editor and Publisher Marvin R. Shanken telling the tale of how the magazine was created and continues with various in-depth features that examine the magazine's impact not only on the industry, but cigar culture. This 274-page collector's edition includes works by famed authors Gay Talese and P.J. O'Rourke, a journey back in time with some of the pioneers of the cigar industry, a gallery showing every cover of the magazine, discussions with some of the celebrities who have graced our cover, a dream interview with some of history's most famous cigar lovers and much, much more. Plus, we look at slow play on golf courses, teach you how to get VIP treatment in a hotel, and argue why the NFL's quarterback rating system is flawed. Also, subscribe to Cigar Aficionado and receive the digital edition of our premier issue FREE!

Features

An Interview with Marvin R. Shanken

An Interview with Marvin R. Shanken

In 1991, Marvin R. Shanken fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Cuba and to see first-hand the place where some of the world’s greatest cigars are produced. By the time he returned …

The Story of Cigar Aficionado

The Story of Cigar Aficionado

By 3 p.m. on May 19, 1993, the line to enter the first Big Smoke snaked around the circular elevator bank that soared from the street level to the eighth-floor lobby of New York’s …

Cover Stars

Cover Stars

Fittingly enough, the subject of Cigar Aficionado’s first cover portrait in 1992 was . . . a cigar. The first two celebrities to grace the cover of the magazine, on the third and …

Still Walking His Cigar

Still Walking His Cigar

Gay Talese, holding a glass of water in one hand and nothing in the other, sits on his living room sofa facing a writer from Cigar Aficionado magazine who leans forward waiting …

The Legends Speak

The Legends Speak

The most famous cigar smokers of yore aren’t usually available for interviews because they’re dead. But the 20th anniversary of Cigar Aficionado is an occasion sufficiently …

Cigar Aficionado's Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Cigar Aficionado's Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Fifteen years ago, Cigar Aficionado honored six men for their dedication to the cigar industry by inducting them into the magazine’s Hall of Fame. Those men, industry giants in …

A Brief History of the Cigar Industry

A Brief History of the Cigar Industry

The year was 1992. The American cigar industry was in poor shape. The customer base was aging and contracting, sales had been in a steady 30-year decline and the men who made …

Recollections

Recollections

When Cigar Aficionado was launched in 1992, the premium hand-rolled cigar business was in the midst of a slow decline that had lasted for more than 20 years. Since then, the …

20 Years of Tastings

20 Years of Tastings

Twenty years ago, Marvin Shanken and Gordon Mott sat down in a boardroom with the people who would become Cigar Aficionado ’s first tasting panel. They closed the doors, lit up …

The Story Behind QB Ratings

The Story Behind QB Ratings

There is ordinary nonsense, nonsense on stilts and then the ultimate howler: the NFL passer rating system. If you want your biggest belly laugh of this millennium, take a look at …

Cigars

A Growing Vision

A Growing Vision

Les Drent of the Kauai Cigar Co. is making sure that Hawaii is known for more than just beaches, sunshine and leis.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Vegas Robaina Unico

Issue Date: October 1, 2012
Vegas Robaina Unico
93
points

Padrón 7000

Issue Date: October 1, 2012
Padrón 7000
93
points
Cuba Aliados Capa Habano Cabinet Reserve Robusto
92
points

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra

Issue Date: October 1, 2012
Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra

Up Front

Twenty Years of Good Living

Twenty Years of Good Living

Twenty years! In August, 1992, we held the first copy, fresh off the printing presses, of Cigar Aficionado. Holding that glossy magazine in our hands was an exhilarating moment, …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

 Dear Marvin, I could not agree more with your editors’ note from the magazine’s August 2012 edition! I’m seriously considering framing it and hanging it in my office. …

The Good Life

The OLEDs Are Coming

The OLEDs Are Coming

Sure, you’ll find plenty of good-looking plasma and LCD flat-screen TVs for historically low prices right now, but if you crave the best picture ever, forget your bankbook, hold …

Fine Fabrics

Fine Fabrics

Fashion is a fickle thing that bounces from one season to the next seemingly without direction, creating new looks that are inevitably revamps of something that has been done …

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

There’s a 90-minute wait at the Vinsetta Garage, a classic, Deco-era service station newly transformed into Detroit’s hottest new eatery. But the line of hungry diners snaking out …

The Silo

The Silo

While the widespread appeal of retractable tiki bars or disappearing hi-fis may have gone out with the kitsch of circular sunken living rooms in space-aged bachelor pads, Brizard …

Trianon Palace Versailles

Trianon Palace Versailles

As symbols of over-the-top, Old World, royal living go it’s hard to top France’s Palace of Versailles, with its 2,300 art-filled rooms, resplendent gardens and grandiose Hall of …

The Big Ticket

The Big Ticket

The Super Bowl is the mother of all U.S. sporting events, by far the most watched and most hyped, and attending it in person is a true “bucket list” experience. Since only 500 …

Buy the Whole Barrel

Buy the Whole Barrel

Sure you can spend time and money hunting for trophy bottles of single malt at auction, but the biggest prize—literally—in the spirits is to buy an entire barrel. Taking the cask …

Harry Winston Opus 12

Harry Winston Opus 12

At a glance, you may see in the Harry Winston Opus 12 a conventional watch and wonder what you’re spending your $270,300 for, but a closer inspection reveals an ingenious time …

A Celebrity Chef in Your Kitchen

A Celebrity Chef in Your Kitchen

Love the intimacy of entertaining your friends at home, but miss the wow factor of hosting them to a lavish meal prepared at a restaurant by a top chef? No need to compromise, nor …

Space Tourism

Space Tourism

Ready to blast off on the adventure of a lifetime? The sky is no longer your limit. The North Pole, Everest, deep-sea diving: these things are all the achiever’s treks of the …