Cigar Aficionado


Cigar Aficionado
Cigar Aficionado has regularly used cigar-smoking celebrities on its covers, such as this issue featuring actor William Shatner.

Cigar Aficionado is an American magazine that is dedicated to the world of cigars. Published since September 1992, the magazine is known for its articles about different brands of cigars worldwide, and for the celebrities that have appeared on its cover. It is also noted for its opposition to the Cuban embargo. The magazine was launched by Marvin R. Shanken's M. Shanken Communications, the publisher since 1976 of Wine Spectator magazine. The current editor is Gordon Mott.

Contents

Publication history

Origins

Cigar Aficionado magazine debuted in the fall of 1992, launched in New York City by Marvin R. Shanken, longtime publisher of Wine Spectator magazine. Prior to launching the publication, Shanken engaged in extensive market research, collecting more than 1300 four-page surveys of cigar smokers which detailed their occupation, income, net worth, travel tendencies, as well as their drinking and smoking habits.[1] Survey results revealed a well-heeled and dedicated male demographic, with survey respondents professing an average household income of $194,000 and a net worth of $1.54 million and claiming to smoke on average ten cigars per week.[1] Shanken launched a large-format glossy magazine aimed at corralling these readers and advertisers of products targeted to this audience.

Cigar Aficionado began as a lifestyle magazine, including coverage of wine, spirits, travel, gambling, and antiques, in addition to interviews with leading personalities in the cigar industry and feature articles relating to the cigarmaking industry. From the beginning the magazine emphasized interviews with celebrity cigar smokers, including cover stories on such luminaries as Rush Limbaugh,[2] Bill Cosby,[3] George Burns,[4] Jack Nicholson,[5] and Arnold Schwarzenegger.[6] The new magazine's successful blending of lifestyle reports and celebrity glitz has been credited with contributing to the 1990s cigar boom.

The publication scored its first great journalistic coup on February 4, 1994, when editor and publisher Shanken met Fidel Castro in Havana for a two hour interview.[7] During this interview Castro recounted the story behind the establishment of the Cohiba brand, told stories of the importance of cigars to his life as a revolutionary in the mountains of Cuba, and explained his decision to give up cigar smoking in August 1986 as part of a national campaign against tobacco use.[7] In addition to these topics of special interest to cigar smokers, the interview touched upon bilateral relations between the United States and Cuba, during the course of which Castro accused the United States of repeatedly "moving the goalposts back" for ending the Cuban economic embargo and claimed that "no other country has as unblemished behavior about human rights" as Cuba.[7]

Ratings

From its inception, Cigar Aficionado has made use of blind taste testing of cigars, comparing the merits of one brand to another, expressed on the basis of a 100 point scale such as that successfully used in sister publication Wine Spectator.[8]

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "Welcome to the Cigar Aficionado Club," Cigar Aficionado, vol. 1, no. 1 (Autumn 1992), pg. 11.
  2. ^ Cigar Aficionado, Spring 1994.
  3. ^ Cigar Aficionado, Autumn 1994.
  4. ^ Cigar Aficionado, Winter 1994.
  5. ^ Cigar Aficionado, Summer 1995.
  6. ^ Cigar Aficionado, Summer 1996.
  7. ^ a b c Marvin R Shanken, "A Conversation with Fidel," Cigar Aficionado, vol. 2, no. 4 (Summer 1994), pp. 46-59.
  8. ^ See, for example, "Robusto Blind Tasting," Cigar Aficionado, vol. 1, no. 1 (Autumn 1992), pp. 30-35.

See also

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cigar etiquette — is polite behaviour when smoking a cigar. For example, in 19th century Havana, it was considered an insult to give another smoker a light from your cigar without first knocking off the ash from the cigar. Another breach of etiquette was to pass… …   Wikipedia

  • Aficionado — bedeutet Liebhaber. Oft bezieht sich das Wort auf Gebiete mit spanischem oder lateinamerikanischem Hintergrund, etwa Zigarren, Tango oder Stierkampf. Aficionado als Zigarrenliebhaber Spanien war nach der Entdeckung Amerikas die erste europäische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cigar — For other uses, see Cigar (disambiguation). From the Spanish cigarro cigar , which was perhaps derived from the Spanish cigarra cicada (OED) …   Wikipedia

  • Cigar boom — The Cigar Boom is the name given to the resurgence of cigar consumption in the United States during the years of the middle 1990s. Beginning in 1992, imports and sales of premium cigars began to rise dramatically and manufacturers struggled to… …   Wikipedia

  • Aficionado — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Aficionado est un hispanisme signifiant amateur de qui désigne une personne passionnée d une discipline, peut se référer à: Aficionado : un amateur… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cigar band — A cigar band. A cigar band is a loop made of paper or foil fitted around the body of a cigar to denote its brand or variety. Although origins of the device are the subject of several legends, modern historians credit a European immigrant to Cuba… …   Wikipedia

  • Cohiba (cigar brand) — Cohiba is a brand for two kinds of premium cigar, one produced in Cuba for Habanos S.A., the Cuban state owned tobacco company, and the other produced in the Dominican Republic for US based General Cigar Company. The name cohíba derives from the… …   Wikipedia

  • Oliva Cigar Co. — This article is about the Florida based makers of the Oliva cigar brand. For the Florida based growers of cigar tobacco, see Oliva Tobacco Co.. Oliva Cigar Co. the manufacturer of several brands of cigars primarily grown and produced in Nicaragua …   Wikipedia

  • Diamond Crown (cigar brand) — Diamond Crown is a super premium brand of hand made cigar handmade by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company.J.C. Newman originally made this cigar with Cuban tobacco in Cleveland, Ohio and then Tampa,… …   Wikipedia

  • Diamond Crown (cigar) — Diamond Crown is a super premium brand of hand made cigar handmade by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company. J.C. Newman originally made this cigar with Cuban tobacco in Cleveland, Ohio and then Tampa,… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.