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Our current cover story tells the story of La Aurora, a company whose 113-year-old history encompasses much more than tobacco production. It is also a living chronicle of the Dominican Republic and the story of a long family tradition. In addition, La Aurora is the core of one of the Dominican economy’s most important business groups. We met with Guillermo León of the León family, to learn some of his business management maxims.

Many of the shorter pieces in this issue highlight cigar producers’ plans, visions and, of course, new products. Our news articles give you a quick overview of new cigars and accessories, as well as industry greats’ takes on recent developments in the international cigar market.

Our readers voted online to select the best cigars, accessories, and lounges from thousands of nominations that were submitted this year. In our current issue you’ll learn more about the winners in all 15 categories of the Cigar Trophy.



The following is an overview of the contents of the 4/2016 edition.

Editorial: Obama’s Legacy
Cigar Trophy Awards 2016
Quesada Sets Out to Conquer Europe
CLE Cigars: Mission Germany
La Aurora’s Novelties of the Year
Interview: New Villiger CEO Villiger
AJ Fernandez and Houvenaghel Team Up for Global Distribution
Perspectives & News
New Habanos Releases
Cigar Rights of Europe
Cigar News
Events: Charity Gathering in Havana, Cigar Cruise 2017
Smoky Spirits
Smokecraft Vodka Berlin
Blind Tasting: 60 Cigars Reviewed
Cover Story: La Aurora
Crossover Tasting: Champagne and Cigars
One Day iin the Life of an Expert Buncher at Tabacalera de García
The Long View: Cuban Double Figurados (Perfectos)
Alec Bradley Celebrates 20 Years
About J. Cortès & Oliva Cigars
The Allure of Cuban Sugarcane: Cuban Rum
Cigar Sense: Mastering the Individual Cigar Palate
Up Close: French Humidor Manufacturer Elie Bleu
Maya Selva’s Asian Venture
Impressions from the InterTabac Trade Show
Travel Corner: Oslo
General Cigar’s New Tone
Portrait: Darren Cioffi & Principle Cigars
Slow Cigar Smoking World Champion 2016: Mirko Giotto


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