September/October 2014
In this issue

Usher • September/October 2014

Between his platinum records, a movie acting career and his cultivation of talent on “The Voice,” the popular entertainer known as Usher is also a passionate cigar smoker. The October issue of Cigar Aficionado profiles his rise to fame. Plus, Padrón celebrates 50 years in the cigar business; our annual NFL football season preview; a behind-the-scenes looks at television's "Shark Tank"; and a profile of longtime sportscaster Dan Patrick.

Features

The Rise of Usher

The Rise of Usher

Usher's washboard abs are a set of stomach muscles storied in legend and song that seem to be chiseled from volcanic rock. They even impressed Sugar Ray Leonard. The former …

Golf Talkers

Golf Talkers

“Hello friends.” How often have we heard Jim Nantz use that welcoming phrase to open a CBS golf broadcast? The network’s lead golf anchor has been beckoning us into the CBS …

Tournament Time

Tournament Time

Today and tomorrow nine players will sit down in Las Vegas to compete for the $10 million grand prize in the 2014 World Series of Poker. But gambling in a tournament …

2014 NFL Preview

2014 NFL Preview

AFC East 1.  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Death, taxes, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Krafts mean a sixth straight division crown. Brady will need a healthy Rob Gronkowski …

The New Face of Luxury

The New Face of Luxury

Even as a new Cold War looms, the old compound on the outskirts of Leipzig, Germany is a reminder of the once-ominous divide between East and West. The sprawling old Russian …

Swimming with the Sharks

Swimming with the Sharks

"All right everybody,” the amplified voice says. “Here we go. It’s TV time now.”  Multiple cameras are rolling as one billionaire and four multimillionaires sit side by side in …

Top Ten of Time

Top Ten of Time

The thousands of new watch models introduced this year presented no shortage of innovative pieces. Some, such as Richard Mille’s $650,000 RM 36-01 Competition G Sensor Sebastien …

Cigars

Cohiba Behike Bands Get New Security Holograms

Cohiba Behike Bands Get New Security Holograms

One of the most counterfeited brands in the world just got harder to fake. New holograms and more sophisticated patterns make the Cohiba Behike’s band nearly impossible to …

Padrón Looks Back at 50

Padrón Looks Back at 50

When José Orlando Padrón sold his first cigar 50 years ago, the future was very much in doubt. Today, his family run company is the most critically acclaimed cigarmaker on the …

Being Dan Patrick

Being Dan Patrick

One of the most recognizable faces in the world of sports reporting ends his day with a fine cigar

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Saint Luis Rey Regios

Issue Date: October 1, 2014
Saint Luis Rey Regios
94
points

Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22-Year Salute

Issue Date: October 1, 2014
Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22-Year Salute
93
points

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Issue Date: October 1, 2014
H. Upmann Magnum 46
93
points

Padilla Reserva Toro

Issue Date: October 1, 2014
Padilla Reserva Toro

Up Front

The Issue

The Issue

Every now and then, we step back from an issue that we’re getting ready for you and say, “Hey, there’s some good stuff in here!” This is one of those issues. And we want to be …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, One of the many things I look forward to within every issue of Cigar Aficionado  is the blind tasting reviews. As a novice cigar enthusiast, I find the ratings to …

The Good Life

Apple iOS 8

Apple iOS 8

When Apple makes an announcement, it usually costs me. I tie myself in knots trying to justify purchasing whatever new technological temptress I now cannot live without. At their …

Bring on the Blends

Bring on the Blends

Sample The General, from Compass Box, blind and you’ll be searching to identify the category of this spirit even while it has  a name that suggests it’s in charge of whatever army …

Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays

You don’t have to be a gun enthusiast or a burly hunter to enjoy sporting clays, the game that challenges shooters to strike clay discs traveling at high velocities with a …

BMW i8

BMW i8

Looking like it just rolled off the set of a movie studio, the BMW i8 isn’t your typical battery car, trading performance for environmental cred. The futuristic plug-in hybrid is …

Eating Nose to Tail

Eating Nose to Tail

The whole-pig-on-a-spit cookout is a time-tested tribe-pleaser that combines ceremony, group participation and an appeal to our barbaric sensibilities. But whole-hog hootenannies …

Vintage Cigar Posters

Vintage Cigar Posters

When big, bold and colorful posters burst on the nineteenth century advertising scene thanks to advances in lithography, the cigar industry joined the charge. Cigarmakers hawked …

Antimagnetic Watches

Antimagnetic Watches

From computers to cell phones to headphones, the ubiquitous presence of magnets in our high-tech lives has the potential to wreak havoc on mechanical watch movements. For example, …

Great Whites

Great Whites

Blue blazer, khaki pants, black dress shoes, blue denims, dark suit: primers on the man’s wardrobe always invoke certain basic items. But one fundamental piece of attire stands …

Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa

Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa

At a time in America when “taking the waters” was a palliative for all maladies, movers and shakers sought healing mineral springs for revival and refreshment. Resorts sprang up …

Pinball Wizardry

Pinball Wizardry

Walking from work in Manhattan one dark, cold night, I peer to my right and stop in my tracks. The sight is unexpected, and brings me back to my youth—rows and rows of pinball …