July/August 2013
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Jeff Bridges • July/August 2013

Actor and musician Jeff Bridges has brought an understated style to the silver screen for decades, but a love of music turned him into the guitarist of his boyhood dreams. In the August issue of Cigar Aficionado, read about Bridges’ take on becoming a cult character and his taste for a good smoke. Also, we highlight Northern Ireland's golf scene, take a look at social media gambling and explore Art Basel Miami Beach. Plus, we interview Javier Estades, head of Altadis U.S.A., and delve into Miami's resurgent cigar factory scene.

Features

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

“I’m living my teenage dream,” Jeff Bridges says gleefully, hoisting a Gibson acoustic guitar over his head in a one-armed victory salute as a Las Vegas crowd cheers. Bridges …

The Links of Northern Ireland

The Links of Northern Ireland

When Darren Clarke was 11 years old, his father drove him from their home in Dungannon to the Royal Portrush Golf Club on the North Antrim Coast to introduce him to links golf. It …

Virtual Poker Goes Viral

Virtual Poker Goes Viral

I remember being shocked over a conversation I had with an executive from Caesars Entertainment. Usually, during chats with these guys, I’m jaw-dropped after hearing about some …

Music in the Air

Music in the Air

The digital music era puts an incredible wealth of choices a quick click away, but more often than not listening is a solitary experience, through earbuds, headphones or computer …

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach

For four days in December, Miami Beach becomes the most artful place on earth—and one of the most monied. Private jets jam up all four noncommercial airports, millions of dollars …

Cigars

Arresting Television

Arresting Television

"I’m not gonna go for another jerk-off meeting with you,” John Langley recalls telling the Fox programming executive. “You wouldn’t know a good show if it slapped you in the face. …

A Conversation With Javier Estades

A Conversation With Javier Estades

General Manager/Premium Cigars U.S.A., Altadis U.S.A.

Vintage Cubans Heat Up At Auction

Vintage Cubans Heat Up At Auction

How much would you pay for an aged cigar? For one anonymous collector the answer is apparently more than $1,000, as a half dozen Dunhill Estupendos recently sold at auction for a …

Moving to Miami

Moving to Miami

The historic home of the U.S. cigar industry is a new hot spot for creative cigarmakers

Ratings from this Issue

93
points

Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Issue Date: August 1, 2013
Romeo y Julieta Churchill
93
points

Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino

Issue Date: August 1, 2013
Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino
93
points

La Palina Classic Toro

Issue Date: August 1, 2013
La Palina Classic Toro
92
points

Cain F 550

Issue Date: August 1, 2013
Cain F 550

Up Front

Going Too Far

Going Too Far

Dinner had begun at the Four Seasons restaurant, and Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani stepped up to the dais. "When I first became mayor of New York City, we worried about things like …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I’ve been a subscriber to Cigar Aficionado magazine for many years. It is simply a great publication. My wife subscribes to Wine Spectator and finds it to be …

The Good Life

Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

The 2013 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Cabriolet may strike many fans like a Back to the Future ride: a return to the S5’s V-8 roots, but with a formidable leap forward in giddyup. When …

Super Tequilas

Super Tequilas

Many of us think of Tequila and memories of youthful excess with cheap liquid, downed in shots and sandwiched between lime squeezes and salt licks to deaden the taste, spring to …

Crawford Rose Quartz Ashtray

Crawford Rose Quartz Ashtray

A nasty rumor is circulating through the cigar community that the day of smoking glamor is gone. Not so. To paraphrase Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard : cigars are …

Smoking Ribs

Smoking Ribs

Whole hog may be the big show and brisket is definitely the toughest to cook (in more ways than one). Drumsticks and pizza and seafood are fun. But the entrée that every backyard …

Wequasset Resort and Golf Club

Wequasset Resort and Golf Club

Summer vacations to Cape Cod bring to mind open-air dinners of whole-belly fried clams, rounds of miniature golf with the little ones and long days at the beach. Luxury? That word …

Featherweight Watches

Featherweight Watches

When tennis champ Rafael Nadal returned to the circuit this year wearing Richard Mille’s RM 27-01 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal, he was styling an important trend in watchmaking: the …

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda Shorts

If you’re going to work most anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere right now, odds are you’re hot. And that discomfort particularly travels down your legs, which are covered in suit …

Basis Health Monitor

Basis Health Monitor

Now here’s a new twist: a wristwatch that watches its wearer. Specifically, this inconspicuous digital watch keeps tabs on your heartbeat, perspiration, movement and skin …

Google Chromebook

Google Chromebook

I spend most of the day, every day, in front of a computer. And recently, I’ve done it all on a $249 machine. Not an outmoded, used, refurbished or secondhand computer—we’re …

JetLev

JetLev

To every kid who ever dreamed of a career as a secret agent, it seemed totally plausible that a jet pack would be one of the tools of the trade. We would all one day have one of …