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September/October 2017
In this issue

Inside The NFL • September/October 2017

There’s nothing like sitting down for the big game, firing up a cigar and watching your favorite football team. As we inch closer to the first game of the new season on September 7, we present our largest-ever football package for your enjoyment. It begins with star handicapper Danny Sheridan making his predictions for the 2017 NFL season. We also get up close and personal with Jay Glazer and Dean Blandino, two NFL analysts who know the game inside and out. And what’s a great football game without a little money riding on the outcome? Our bettors’ guide to the NFL will enlighten you—and maybe even lead you to a profit. Our story on the extensive history of the NFL takes you from the early, leather-helmet days of the game to the current era of high-flying offense and Patriots' dominance. We also introduce you to a new age in NFL stadiums. All this, plus 80 cigar ratings in six sizes: Churchills, coronas, corona gordas, figurados, lonsdales, and robustos. 

Features

Cigar Aficionado's 2017 NFL Preview

Cigar Aficionado's 2017 NFL Preview

AFC East 1. New England Patriots   The Russians couldn’t hack this administration. In 23 years under the Kraft family, the Dynastriots have appeared in the …

The History Of How Football Became America's Favorite Game

The History Of How Football Became America's Favorite Game

It was January 1969, with the nation still in the thrall of the Summer of Love. A quarterback with long sideburns, bushy hair and a penchant for wearing white shoes made a brash …

Inside Football With Jay Glazer And Dean Blandino

Inside Football With Jay Glazer And Dean Blandino

"I’ll share a little juicy scoop with you here,” Jay Glazer says, a devilish glint in his eye. It’s 9:30 a.m., and he’s already had a cigar. He turns, his shaved dome tilting …

NFL Super Stadiums Shout Out For Super Bowl Consideration

NFL Super Stadiums Shout Out For Super Bowl Consideration

Kickoff is looming. The Minnesota Vikings prepare to take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium, the $1 billion palatial wonder that opened last year in downtown Minneapolis. With its …

Danny Sheridan’s Secrets For Betting The NFL

Danny Sheridan’s Secrets For Betting The NFL

Betting on NFL games is a national pastime. More than $100 billion is bet every season on pro football (most of it illegally) and the Super Bowl—the most heavily bet single …

Golf's Top 10 Final Rounds

Golf's Top 10 Final Rounds

When Jordan Spieth won the British Open in dramatic fashion this summer at Royal Birkdale, were you thinking of his splendid opening-round-score of 65? Jack Nicklaus won his final …

Cigars

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

10 Things Every Cigar Smoker Should Know

From seed to shelf, from filler to binder to wrapper, these are the 10 things every cigar aficionado needs to know when cutting, lighting and smoking his favorite cigar.

Trump's New Cuba Plan

Trump's New Cuba Plan

President Trump is ending the short-lived Obama-era détente with Cuba. 

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill
92
points

601 Red Label Habano Torpedo

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
601 Red Label Habano Torpedo
92
points
Rocky Patel Platinum Limited Edition Habano Toro
92
points

Tatuaje La Vérité La Vérité 2013

Issue Date: October 1, 2017
Tatuaje La Vérité La Vérité 2013

Up Front

Editors' Note: Are You Ready For Some Football?

Editors' Note: Are You Ready For Some Football?

No sport looms larger in America than pro football.  When the weather cools and the leaves threaten to fall from the trees, we look to the new season with unbridled excitemen…

Out Of The Humidor, October 2017

Out Of The Humidor, October 2017

Dear Marvin, I just read your letter to new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in the August issue of Cigar Aficionado and was moved to contact the commissioner myself. This …

The Good Life

The New Ultra-Luxe Look Of The Ritz Paris

The New Ultra-Luxe Look Of The Ritz Paris

Caesar Ritz managed and bought hotels in Nice, Monaco, Lugano and Lucerne before deciding to create one himself from the ground up with the help of the culinary legend chef …

Deck Out Your Smoking Den With These Black Cigar Accessories

Deck Out Your Smoking Den With These Black Cigar Accessories

For cigar accessories, black is the new black. With the color’s understated sophistication and ability to accessorize with almost anything, black has never gone out of style. …

Full-Bodied Sound Via Naim Audio Mu-so Wireless Speakers

Full-Bodied Sound Via Naim Audio Mu-so Wireless Speakers

You no longer need to buy a Bentley Mulsanne to enjoy the sound of Naim Audio. The English hi-fi manufacturer that produces the luxury sedan’s optional sound system, “Naim for …

How To Cook The Perfect Paella

How To Cook The Perfect Paella

There isn’t an exact consensus as to what makes for a truly authentic dish of paella, but there is certainly no shortage of strong opinions. Ask a Spaniard from Valencia—the …

Pamper Yourself With An Old-School Barber Shave

Pamper Yourself With An Old-School Barber Shave

As he follows up a treatment of conditioning cream with a carefully applied hot towel to a stubbly face, Joe Bruno admits that the main point of a barber shave may not be to get …

The Cirrus SF50 Vision: The World’s First Single-Engine Personal Jet

The Cirrus SF50 Vision: The World’s First Single-Engine Personal Jet

You may recall a John Sebastian song from the ’60s called “Younger Generation.” It describes a future in which three-year-olds test their parents’ patience by asking permission to …

This Karma Revero Hybrid Hits 60 mph in Only 5.4 Seconds

This Karma Revero Hybrid Hits 60 mph in Only 5.4 Seconds

Instant Karma it definitely wasn’t. When the Danish designer Henrik Fisker brought his plug-in hybrid sports car to market five years ago he must have been paying for the sins of …

Hublot Classic Fusion Fuente 20th Anniversary

Hublot Classic Fusion Fuente 20th Anniversary

Carlos Fuente Jr., the charismatic self-professed “humble cigarmaker” at the helm of Arturo Fuente cigars, is passionate about family and symbolism. The sweeping lawn at Chateau …

Liven Up Your Next Highball Cocktail With Japanese Whisky

Liven Up Your Next Highball Cocktail With Japanese Whisky

If you judge by volume consumed in a lifetime, the Highball is easily my favorite mixed drink. So I find its recent elevation by the Japanese bar culture, with its reverent …

Yes, You Too Can Go Rock Climbing

Yes, You Too Can Go Rock Climbing

If you’ve ever dreamt of—but still feared—dangling from ropes and a harness a thousand feet above Yosemite National Park, it’s easier than you think. You won’t start on the sheer …

Made For You, October 2017

Made For You, October 2017

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 …