In the July/August 2014 Cigar Aficionado

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe recently turned 50, and the August issue of Cigar Aficionado gives a contemplative look at this cigar lover’s life, from his days in the Brat Pack to becoming a father. Also, Marvin R. Shanken’s exclusive Q & A with Facundo Bacardi; an interview with Rafael Nodal, owner of the Aging Room cigar brand; a feature about why so many pro golfers are getting injured; plus a look at how Macau transformed itself into a gambling mecca.

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Editors' Note
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Out of the Humidor

Good Life Guide

The outdoor smoking room gets fab.

Is it time for Google Glass?

Limes at a premium? Make lemon cocktails.

A GPS gizmo for golf that could replace your score card.

Watchmakers celebrate World Cup soccer.

Ford Mustang: The pony car at 50.

Ireland’s Ballyfin: To the manorhouse borne.

Let’s go out to the drive-in movie.

It’s summertime and the linen is easy.

Understanding the soft-shell crab.


A Conversation with Facundo Bacardi
Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado talks to the chairman of the board of Bacardi Ltd. about the global spirits company’s roots in Cuba and the possibilities for returning to make a Cuban product without the limitations of the long-standing embargo on the island nation.
The Lowe Down—and Ups
After a decade of being a very popular “gun for hire,” the versatile actor Rob Lowe is seeing his career heat up just as he turns a remarkably young 50. Between a second book, a movie debut and a star turn in a new network sitcom, he still has time for a fine cigar.
Self-inflicted Wounds
Despite a lack of hitting and crunching, pro golf is experiencing an epidemic of injuries, and experts think they have the trouble traced back to the game’s modern swing.
Macau's Makeover
In a matter of decades, the former Portuguese colony on the coast of China has transformed from a den of sleaze, with Triad troubles and but one gambling license, into a gaming cash cow that’s surpassed Vegas.
Über Cruisers
For centuries, superyachts have been ocean-going toys for kings and moguls. Today’s nautical-design innovations push the limits of size, luxury and even strategic capability.


Al Golden
The football coach with a knack for turning around ailing teams inherited an even taller order with the University of Miami. But the storied program is back on track, and Al Golden is ready for a cigar.
The Wow Factor
With an exhaustive range of available choices at the average tobacconist, cigar makers need something special to catch a buyer’s attention in a “sea of brown.” Many are turning to packaging.
Rafael Nodal
The owner of Boutique Blends Cigars and the Aging Room brand is an anomaly in the industry: native Cuban, but not from a cigar clan. That didn’t stop him from scoring the No. 2 Cigar of the Year.

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