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September/October 2020
In this issue

Stranger Things Star David Harbour • September/October 2020

Cigar-loving David Harbour never thought he would be a star, but now he plays a leading role for 64 million viewers in Netflix’s mega-hit series “Stranger Things.” We talked with the rugged actor about how he started smoking cigars, why he never thought he’d make it big and how he’s entering the Marvel Universe as a superhero. We also contemplate golf’s new era of power hitting, talk with NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, look at sports’ greatest records and dive into the barrels that make distinctive Scotch. That, plus a near-perfect Cuban cigar, a profile of 50-year-cigar industry veteran Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and news on President Trump’s Cuban crackdown. Plus, our trademark ratings on more than 70 cigars and endless luxuries in our Good Life Guide. That and more, on newsstands now.

Features

Harbour Lights Up

Harbour Lights Up

There were plenty who doubted that David Harbour had the makings of a leading man—himself included. “Being a movie star was almost too big of a dream,” he says, remembering …

Golf's Distance Dilemma

Golf's Distance Dilemma

During the first round of the PGA Championship at Harding Park in August, Bryson DeChambeau launched what for him was a pedestrian 296-yard drive on the 7th hole, then leaned on …

Being Terry Bradshaw

Being Terry Bradshaw

As August rolled around, the sports world was in disarray. Baseball’s tardy schedule was going off in fits and starts. Basketball and hockey playoffs were being contested …

Unbroken

Unbroken

It was once said that art is long and life is short. So it is with sports records: records set over long tracts of time—and not merely over months or a year—are often more …

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

The rules for making Scotch single-malt whisky are largely straightforward. You start with only barley, malt and water, and ferment it into beer, which you distill in copper pots …

Cigars

An Earnest 50 Years

An Earnest 50 Years

Fifty years ago a young Miamian from Cuba put aside his dreams of becoming a professional drummer and committed to his family business, starting what would become a storied career …

Crackdown on Cuba

Crackdown on Cuba

President Donald Trump announced sanctions that bar Americans from bringing Cuban cigars and rum into the U.S. The move also rolled back tourism opportunities on the island.

Connoisseur's Corner: Davidoff No. 1

Connoisseur's Corner: Davidoff No. 1

A slender Davidoff aged 24 years to the brink of perfection, picking up a plethora of flavors along the way. It is joined by three Cuban cigars that all scored at least 95 points.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill
93
points

Illusione Haut 10 Churchill

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
Illusione Haut 10 Churchill
93
points

Punch Short de Punch

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
Punch Short de Punch
92
points

Diplomaticos El Diputado Exclusivo Belux

Issue Date: October 1, 2020
Diplomaticos El Diputado Exclusivo Belux

Up Front

The Day the Cigar Industry Won

The Day the Cigar Industry Won

The text messages and phone calls came in a flurry, from a host of cigarmakers. “We won the case,” read one message. “We won!” came a call. It was August 19, and it turned out to …

The Good Life

Cuban Flag Cigar Cases

Cuban Flag Cigar Cases

The red-white-and-blue, striped-and-starred flag of Cuba has been its official standard for 118 years. For a half century before that, it was a rallying point for the ideals of …

Acura NSX

Acura NSX

Think of the Acura NSX as an everyday supercar. It’s got eye-popping good looks, neck-snapping power and curve-hugging handling, yet is surprisingly comfortable on potholed …

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico in September 2017, the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort used the crisis as an opportunity to renovate. Already a lush 483-acre, oceanfront …

The Frank Shattuck Suit

The Frank Shattuck Suit

If current travel restrictions are crimping your custom-suit style because you can’t get over to Savile Row and your favorite London tailors aren’t making stateside trips, don’t …

Apple Brandy

Apple Brandy

Falling leaves and nippy air are usually the cues for apple lovers to start indulging, but one way of enjoying America’s most patriotic fruit year-round comes in a bottle. Apple …

Hot-Smoked Salmon

Hot-Smoked Salmon

You probably know lox (salmon brined, but not smoked). You likely love nova (cold-smoked). But the hot-smoked version of the ray-finned fish is among the most delicious, versatile …

Moon-Phase Calendar Watches

Moon-Phase Calendar Watches

Some of watchmaking’s most stylish and practical examples are the calendar watches that unite not only day and date (and sometimes month), but display a moon phase disc. They can …

Dream Bikes

Dream Bikes

The vogue in road cycling among venture capitalists, Silicon Valley techies and exercise enthusiasts has brought technological leaps, including the ease of electronic shifting  …

Hickory Golf

Hickory Golf

Golf’s long history bespeaks a reverence for tradition . . . until you consider equipment. The first duffers played with curved sticks and spherical balls made of wood. Then, in …