For our winter issue 2015 we spoke with Avo Uvezian, who is considered a living legend of the cigar industry. At almost 90 years of age, the musician and cigar manufacturer enjoys a life in which music, languages and travel are connected through the cigar. He spoke to us about his turbulent years, the start of his own cigar brand, and about how working with Davidoff and Hendrik Kelner fundamentally influenced his life.
Simon Lundh accompanied Felipe Lopes Meza, administrator of the Turrent family’s tobacco fields for almost 30 years, who told our author more about his daily work and processes. Humidor expert Marc André explains how to turn old pieces of furniture and musical instruments into customized humidors. With Rocky Patel we spoke about the newly founded lobby group Cigar Rights of Europe and the fight for the rights of smokers. Nick Hammond writes about the possibility that we may be ruining our sense of taste by smoking cigars when they are too young.
In addition, in our tastings of the current edition you’ll read about the ratings of 70 cigars that we blind tasted for you. The highlight of the tastings was Padrón’s 50 Years cigar from the jubilee humidor that was awarded 95 points.
If you missed this edition, you can order a back-issue.
The following is an overview of the contents of the 4/2015 edition.
Cigar Trophy Awards 2015: The Winners
Interview with Javier Elmudesi, Manager of Tabacalera de García
Davidoff Flagship Store in Tampa Opens its Doors
Tasting: 70 Cigars
Cover Story: Avo’s Symphony
Davidoff Golden Band Awards 2015
Sublimes Cigars: From Limo-Driver to Cigar-Maker
Rocky Patel About the Fight for Smokers Rights in Europe
Dámaso: Line Reaching New Crowd
Creating a Custom Humidor From Old Furniture
Survey: Women Smoke in the Evening
Drew Estate: Rebirth of Ideation
Sarah Saunders About the Woman’s International Cigar Club
Interview: Royal Agio Cigars’ CEO Boris Wintermans
One Day in the Life of Felipe Lopes Meza, Administrator of the Turrent Tobacco Fields
Portrait: Edward & Eddie Sahakian
Travel Corner: Smoking in Seville, Spain
Interviewing Meera Levin about the Family Company Ashton Cigar
El Sitio, Europe’s Only Puro
P.G. Cigars: Calm in a Storm
Colognes Cigar Factory La Galana
Reasons to Visit Next Year’s Festival del Habano
Smoking young Cigars: Are we Ruining our Palates?
Bars & Cigars in Zurich, Switzerland
Oliva’s New Irrigation System Could be a Game Changer
Inside Cuba: Torcedora Juanita
Cooking & Cigars: Menu for a Holiday Feast
Cigar Trivia: Cellophane