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July/August 2014
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Rob Lowe • July/August 2014

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.

Features

Living the Life

Living the Life

But first, let’s pause a moment and consider just what 50 looks like on Rob Lowe. And the answer is: It looks really, really good. Lowe was always among that rarefied strata in …

The Golf Injury Epidemic

The Golf Injury Epidemic

For nearly two decades we’ve watched Tiger Woods climb to the top of golf’s Mount Everest, reaching the pinnacle of success. We’ve watched him smash drives and caress putts, that …

Macau Then and Now

Macau Then and Now

I first heard about Macau nearly 20 years ago, while soaking in an infinity pool on a rooftop high above Hong Kong, in the old Regent Hotel. It was my first trip to Asia and a …

Hot Yachts

Hot Yachts

When is a yacht a yacht, and when is a yacht not? Depends on whom you ask. Was Tony Soprano’s boat Stugots a yacht? According to Jared Neff of Neff Yacht Sales, the fictitious …

A Conversation with Facundo Bacardi

A Conversation with Facundo Bacardi

Facundo L. Bacardi, the great-great-grandson of Bacardi Ltd.founder, Don Facundo Bacardi Masso, has served as chairman of the board of Bacardi Ltd. since 2005. In his wide-ranging …

Cigars

A Golden Moment

A Golden Moment

With a high-profile NCAA investigation behind him and a top-tier recruiting class headed his way, Coach Al Golden is ready to take “The U” back to the top of college football

Sitting Down with Rafael Nodal

Sitting Down with Rafael Nodal

One might expect Cuban-born Rafael Nodal, owner of Boutique Blends Cigars and the Aging Room brand, to have familial ties to tobacco and cigars, but he doesn’t. When he fled Cuba …

Posh Packaging

Posh Packaging

Cigarmakers have just seconds to grab your attention. Here’s how they’re trying to win that battle on face value

Ratings from this Issue

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points

Romeo y Julieta Churchill (Tubo)

Issue Date: August 1, 2014
Romeo y Julieta Churchill (Tubo)
94
points

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)

Issue Date: August 1, 2014
Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (Tubo)
93
points

Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo)

Issue Date: August 1, 2014
Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo)
93
points
A. Flores 1975 Serie Privada Capa Habano SP 52

Up Front

Speak Up

Speak Up

July 9th. Don’t forget that date. That’s the day the Food and Drug Administration will stop taking comments on new rules to regulate the premium cigar industry. If you love …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, The FDA’s involvement in cigars is just another example of government overreaching in to the private lives of the citizenry. Regulating cigars will have the same …

The Good Life

Is It Time for Google Glass?

Is It Time for Google Glass?

“It feels weird,” a friend said, affixing the device to her face. “It looks weirder.” Halfway through a pint at my local pub, the latest version of the Google Glass Explorer …

Ballyfin, Ireland

Ballyfin, Ireland

Guests make introductions and share stories of their travels over pre-dinner cocktails and canapés in the stately 79-foot-long library at Ballyfin, a lavish boutique hotel in the …

Mustang at 50

Mustang at 50

You barely need one hand to count the automotive nameplates that have lasted more than the half-century milestone that America’s original “pony car” is marking this season. Ford …

Lemon Squeezes

Lemon Squeezes

To paraphrase the old maxim, if life jacks up the price of limes make lemon drinks. This season, with a premium on the green citrus from Mexico, there’s never been a better reason …

Soccer Watches

Soccer Watches

While World Cup fever sweeps the globe this summer, soccer fans can show their spirit with special-edition watches that celebrate the world’s most popular sport. As the …

Soft-Shell Crabs

Soft-Shell Crabs

Summertime cooking has a unique set of demands: Whenever possible, cook outside. Take advantage of farmers’ markets for their bounty of lumpy heirloom tomatoes, juicy peaches and …

Long Live Linen

Long Live Linen

Linen may be the world’s oldest cloth (dating to at least 8,000 B.C.) and the original regal raiment (its cost compared with cotton made it the luxury fiber of the Mesopotamian …

Outdoor Smoking Retreats

Outdoor Smoking Retreats

The season for outdoor smoking has returned, but before you unfold the lawn chairs and fill the cooler, lay the foundation for comfort and shade for your backyard burn with an …

Drive-In Movies

Drive-In Movies

While not as widespread as in its heyday of the 1950s and ’60s, the drive-in movie theater is a bit of American pop cultural that manages to be at once wholesome and salacious. …

Game Golf

Game Golf

The days of stuffing paper scorecards in your rear pocket may be over. Game Golf equips your golf clubs with GPS technology to track every shot you hit during a round without your …