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September/October 2022
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A Tale Of Two Families • September/October 2022

The cigar industry is no stranger to family-owned businesses, some of which have lasted more than a century. In this unique issue of Cigar Aficionado, we highlight two of industry's most lauded cigar companies, the Fuente and Padrón families, and the special joint project led by Jorge Padrón and Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. to honor their fathers and industry pioneers José Orlando Padrón and Carlos Fuente Sr. We also take a look at 15 other cigar family dynasties who's industry success has spanned generations. Plus, we have an NFL preview for the 2022 season, explore the smoke of choice for several high-profile names and dive into the soaring prices of Cuban cigars. We also have expert cigar reviews that include four cigars with ratings of 93 points and more, plus a vintage smoke in our Connoisseur's Corner that scored 99 points.

Features

A Tale of 2 Cigar Families

A Tale of 2 Cigar Families

Like so many great ideas, the plan to combine the cigarmaking talents of the Fuente and Padrón families began over whisky and cigars. Carlos Fuente Jr., the man who runs Arturo …

Family Ties

Family Ties

Familial ties are strong in the handmade cigar industry, some of which have lasted more than a century. The knowledge and traditions that have been passed down from generation to …

NFL Preview

NFL Preview

Washington has a new team name, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are each playing (at least) one more year and Joe Burrow is hoping to finally light a Super Bowl victory cigar. When …

Cigars

My Favorite Cigar

My Favorite Cigar

The country star has a penchant for Cuban cigars but his particular favorite is a limited-edition churchill from Nicaragua.

Cuban Cigar Prices Soar

Cuban Cigar Prices Soar

Bombshell news doesn’t often drop on the world of premium cigars, but when Habanos S.A. announced a major price hike this spring the worldwide network of Cuban cigar smokers, …

Connoisseur’s Corner: 1492 (1992)

Connoisseur’s Corner: 1492 (1992)

This is a 30-year-old marvel. The performance is pefect, from the first puff to the last.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years

Issue Date: October 1, 2022
Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years
94
points

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Issue Date: October 1, 2022
Ramon Allones Specially Selected
93
points

Padrón Family Reserve No. 95

Issue Date: October 1, 2022
Padrón Family Reserve No. 95
93
points

La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel

Issue Date: October 1, 2022
La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel

Up Front

Cigar Inflation

Cigar Inflation

No matter where you look these days, prices are higher. Whether you’re booking a flight, filling up the gas tank or ordering a ribeye at your favorite steakhouse, you’re likely to …

The Good Life

Bahama House, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Bahama House, Harbour Island, Bahamas

“We have three guys who have learned how to sneak up on the bonefish and get them to come onto the lures, so you really have an experience,” says  Antoine Brown, Bahama House’s …

Elie Bleu Cutters

Elie Bleu Cutters

You know Elie Bleu for the cachet of its high-end humidors, but you mustn’t ignore the allure of its more affordable accessories like the EBC-4 cigar cutters. These double-guillot…

Sea Ray Sundancer 370

Sea Ray Sundancer 370

Walking down the dock of a marina, your eyes can’t help but linger on the craft that perches proudly on the water with its sweeping, sensuous lines, a shape that’s been wowing the …

Fresh White Truffles

Fresh White Truffles

Every year around the end of September, gastronomes and epicures start to pick up on a scent that emanates from Italy and wafts its way to every major food city around the …

Battle Of The Pumped SUVs

Battle Of The Pumped SUVs

In an era when SUVs rule the road and drivers are rapidly abandoning sedans, coupes and sports cars, Aston Martin’s DBX 707 and the Cadillac Escalade-V offer serious performance …

Stadium VIP Suites

Stadium VIP Suites

Sports fans who love the energy of live games face a few downsides: being stuffed into a folding seat, exposure to the elements, having beer spilled on their shoulders from the …