September/October 2016
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Ray Lewis • September/October 2016

Ray Lewis, known as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, opens up to Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken about the complicated upbringing that drove his on-field tenacity. Lewis speaks about his impoverished beginnings (he was born when his mom was 15 years old and didn't really know his father until age 33), his record-setting Baltimore Ravens football career, his arrest and subsequent acquittal for double murder, his commitment to improving race relations, police brutality in America and much more.

Watch video clips of the interview.

Also, we head to the Emerald Isle to see the storied links of southwest Ireland, have a smoke with actor Michael Cudlitz from the hit TV series "The Walking Dead", and our pigskin prognosticator Danny Sheridan makes his predictions on the upcoming NFL season. Plus, our tasting panel rates 81 cigars across six categories: Churchill, corona gorda, double corona, figurado, panetela and robusto.

Features

An Interview With Ray Lewis

An Interview With Ray Lewis

Do you think you know Ray Lewis? You may know the player who ruled the NFL for 17 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, a linebacker of immense strength and desire who learned the …

Ireland's Stunning Coast

Ireland's Stunning Coast

Golf by the sea, links golf, is an especially moving experience for the traveling player, and Americans by the charter bus full have sought out the great links of Southwest …

Walking Red

Walking Red

When we last saw Abraham Ford, the zombie-hunting, red-haired tough guy from the hit series "The Walking Dead," he and his companions were kneeling in the dark, surrounded by a …

Cheater Catcher

Cheater Catcher

It's a Saturday afternoon in an American gambling city. Over hamburgers and french fries, one of casino-gaming's most imposing security men—an enforcer who specializes in catching …

NFL Preview

NFL Preview

AFC East 1. New England Patriots The us-against-the-world mentality that carried the 12-4 Patriots to their seventh straight division title returns with ageless QB Tom Brady …

The Head Turners In Time

The Head Turners In Time

The outlook at this year's Swiss watch fairs was decidedly gloomy. Even before summer's historic Brexit decision that threw markets into turmoil, global economic conditions had …

Cigars

A Rumbunctious Pairing

A Rumbunctious Pairing

Aged rums are a natural partner for handmade cigars.

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

A.J. Fernandez has quickly built one of Nicaragua’s biggest premium cigar operations.

The New Partagás Factory

The New Partagás Factory

The cigar-making facility may have moved to a new location in Havana, but the spirit of the famous Cuban cigar brand lives on.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Romeo y Julieta Belicoso

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
Romeo y Julieta Belicoso
93
points

Partagás Serie E No. 2

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
Partagás Serie E No. 2
92
points
Daniel Marshall Red Label Torpedo Box-Aged 1 Year
92
points

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona

Issue Date: October 1, 2016
Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona

Up Front

Editors' Note: The Real Ray Lewis

Editors' Note: The Real Ray Lewis

Watching Ray Lewis play football is simply unforgettable. The man is a powerhouse, with a seemingly infinite amount of athleticism, the ability to know where to be on defense at …

Out Of The Humidor

Out Of The Humidor

Dear Marvin, Many who feel morally superior have a need to impose their personal beliefs through regulatory prohibition. The most famous example is the Volstead Act of 1919, …

The Good Life

Fine Crystal Ashtrays

Fine Crystal Ashtrays

It seems as though many makers of traditional luxury goods have lost faith in the casual smoker and discontinued any items even remotely pertaining to cigars. Thankfully, the …

Wide World of Cognac

Wide World of Cognac

On the nose you get a nuanced meeting of delicate fruits with oak, nuts and vanilla. On the palate come pears, ripe berries, cocoa and toffee. It's the hallmark elegance and …

Visit a Distillery

Visit a Distillery

For the whiskey lover—and there are a lot of us out there now—a visit to the distillery of a favorite brand is a bucket-list no-brainer, ranking right up there with playing St …

Focal Utopia Headphones

Focal Utopia Headphones

Just placing them on your head, it's obvious that no expense was spared in the making of Focal's new Utopia headphones. Weighing a little more than a pound, the unit has an …

Mercedes-Benz E300

Mercedes-Benz E300

The stuff of science fiction is rapidly becoming everyday reality, especially when it comes to automobiles. By the end of the decade, we may see the first fully self-driving cars. …

Skull Tourbillons

Skull Tourbillons

They may seem like a recent punk fashion, but objects decorated with skull and crossbones have been with us for thousands of years as reminders that life is short and should be …

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista California

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista California

Life is a wake-up call at the Cal-a-Vie Health Spa. If you think the spa culture is entirely too sedate, too precious, maybe even too feminine, Cal-a-Vie could change your mind. …

Pocket Watches

Pocket Watches

My pocket watch collection began, quite by accident, on a train journey across Russia in the 1990s. I found myself in the station at Yekaterinburg with nothing to do, nothing to …

Tern Verge S8i Folding Bicycle

Tern Verge S8i Folding Bicycle

Snaking gently through the gridlock amid a cacophony of car horns while riding my trusty Tern Verge S8i, I pull up on the sidewalk near a subway entrance in Brooklyn. With one …

Aged Beef

Aged Beef

With many foods, fresh is considered best as we buy produce that's been raced to market and carefully check sell-by dates on dairy products. Yet the true royalty of the meat world …

Made For You

Made For You

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 …