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halfwheel the industry's cigar blog. halfwheel.com launched Jan. 1, 2012. From the first day, we made it clear halfwheel was going to be a different kind of cigar blog.
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Its content includes the archives of TheCigarFeed.com and SmokingStogie.com, sites perviously published by co-founders Charlie Minato and Brooks Whittington. It combined the obsessive industry news coverage of TheCigarFeed and the in-depth reviews of SmokingStogie into a singular place for those passionate about ci**rs. In addition, Patrick Lagreid, formerly of Cigar Snob and Examiner.com, and Bri

an Burt, formerly of Stogie N Brews, joined halfwheel around its launch rounding out the halfwheel staff. This is not a fly-by-night operation (we have an office), this is not a hobby (some of us do this full-time), this is not our first time (we have worked for newspapers, radio stations, magazines and more) and this is not just another cigar blog. We cover the industry—as a whole. From the smallest and newest cigar companies, to the largest and most established. We report on new products, major personnel changes, legal challenges and trends within the industry. On the legislative side, we take the same approach covering to***co-related legislation changes in the U.S. from the municipal to the federal level in addition to major international changes. Our reviews feature more than just a score—there's history, context and our noted photography—headed up by Brooks Whittington, a professional photographer with more than two decades of experience. If you only read one thing about ci**rs, we hope it's halfwheel.

Powstanie Connecticut Corona Gorda “Justice” Begins Shipping  **rs
04/08/2024

Powstanie Connecticut Corona Gorda “Justice” Begins Shipping **rs

Justice is served.

S.T. Dupont Goes Dark for El Rey de la Habana Haute Creation  **rs
04/08/2024

S.T. Dupont Goes Dark for El Rey de la Habana Haute Creation **rs

The items are made of bronze and then coated in ceramic lacquer for a very unique matte-look.

Time Out Ci**rs Releases Lumpia at PCA 2024, Now Arriving in Stores  **rs
04/08/2024

Time Out Ci**rs Releases Lumpia at PCA 2024, Now Arriving in Stores **rs

The cigar is named for the popular food from the Phillippines and Indonesia.

Weekly News (April 8, 2024)  **rs
04/08/2024

Weekly News (April 8, 2024) **rs

The headlines, reviews and more from the past week.

Vegueros Centrogordos  **rs
04/07/2024

Vegueros Centrogordos **rs

Not all Cuban ci**rs have to start at $25 per cigar.

S.T. Dupont Pays Tribute to Notre Dame With Bronze Lighter & Pen  **rs
04/07/2024

S.T. Dupont Pays Tribute to Notre Dame With Bronze Lighter & Pen **rs

S.T. Dupont is once again paying tribute to one of Paris' most iconic buildings. This time, the company's Haute Creation division has created bronze pieces that pay tribute to Notre-Dame de Paris.

Felix Lugo Debuts at PCA 2024  **rs
04/07/2024

Felix Lugo Debuts at PCA 2024 **rs

Felix Lugo's first ci**rs are being made by Eladio Diaz.

La Llorona Corona  **rs
04/07/2024

La Llorona Corona **rs

The second vitola in the line is almost the more limited of the two, with only 10,000 total ci**rs released.

Brizard & Co. Releases New Versions of Augusta Case, Havana Traveler & Wood and Leather Collection  **rs
04/06/2024

Brizard & Co. Releases New Versions of Augusta Case, Havana Traveler & Wood and Leather Collection **rs

Just in time for The Masters, there's a new version of Brizard & Co.'s Augusta Collection Showband 3 Cigar Case.

Somm BDX Blanc Heading to Stores  **rs
04/06/2024

Somm BDX Blanc Heading to Stores **rs

The new Somm BDX Blanc is a follow-up to one of the two debt lines from Somm.

Black Label Schedules Bishops Blend 2024 for Q3  **rs
04/06/2024

Black Label Schedules Bishops Blend 2024 for Q3 **rs

After releasing the Bishops Blend Novemdiales last year as part of the company's 10th anniversary celebration, the 2024 release of Bishops Blend will be nearly identical to the 2022 Bishops Blend.

La Hoja del Chan Adds 20-Count Boxes for Robustos  **rs
04/06/2024

La Hoja del Chan Adds 20-Count Boxes for Robustos **rs

Four different 5 x 50 robustos are now offered in a 20-count box.

Toscano Italia Debuts at PCA 2024  **rs
04/06/2024

Toscano Italia Debuts at PCA 2024 **rs

Most of the filler to***co comes from the province of Benevento.

S.T. Dupont’s New Maharajah & Maharani Lighters Top Out at $130,000  **rs
04/05/2024

S.T. Dupont’s New Maharajah & Maharani Lighters Top Out at $130,000 **rs

The least expensive options of these two lighters are priced at roughly $40,000.

Cigar Taxes Not Increasing in Maryland as Part of New Budget Agreement  **rs
04/05/2024

Cigar Taxes Not Increasing in Maryland as Part of New Budget Agreement **rs

Despite increases for nearly every other to***co and ni****ne product, according to multiple reports, the tax rates for ci**rs will not be increasing as part of the state's new budget.

Sinistro Adds Perfectos to The Last Barbarian and Mr. Desflorado  **rs
04/05/2024

Sinistro Adds Perfectos to The Last Barbarian and Mr. Desflorado **rs

It's the third size in both lines and the first figurado.

PCA 2026: April 17-20 in New Orleans  **rs
04/05/2024

PCA 2026: April 17-20 in New Orleans **rs

That means two years in New Orleans before a potential return to Las Vegas in 2027.

Casa Caraballo Adds Distribution in Colombia  **rs
04/05/2024

Casa Caraballo Adds Distribution in Colombia **rs

A limited part of the company's portfolio has arrived in the South American country.

Vector-KGM Shows Off VCube Cutter at PCA 2024  **rs
04/05/2024

Vector-KGM Shows Off VCube Cutter at PCA 2024 **rs

Montecristo Edmundo Reserva Cosecha 2018 Goes on Sale in Switzerland  **rs
04/05/2024

Montecristo Edmundo Reserva Cosecha 2018 Goes on Sale in Switzerland **rs

The Montecristo Edmundo Reserva Cosecha 2018 is a special version of the Montecristo Edmundo that is made with to***co from the 2018 harvest.

Gellis Family Ci**rs Launches With Marevas, Saunter  **rs
04/05/2024

Gellis Family Ci**rs Launches With Marevas, Saunter **rs

The first cigar from Kyle Gellis' new Gellis Family Ci**rs is already in stores, the second is slated to ship in June.

S.T. Dupont Shows Off Game of Thrones Collaboration  **rs
04/04/2024

S.T. Dupont Shows Off Game of Thrones Collaboration **rs

From a $299 cigar cutter to a $33,950 custom lighter with Iron Throne base, S.T. Dupont's newest collection has plenty of options for the Game of Thrones fan and you. Did we mention it's the year of the dragon?

Martinez Cigar Factory Celebrating 50th Anniversary With New Cigar  **rs
04/04/2024

Martinez Cigar Factory Celebrating 50th Anniversary With New Cigar **rs

For 50 years, the Martinez family has been making ci**rs in New York City. Now, there's a special cigar to mark the anniversary.

Warped Shows Off 10th Anniversary Releases for Don Reynaldo, La Colmena  **rs
04/04/2024

Warped Shows Off 10th Anniversary Releases for Don Reynaldo, La Colmena **rs

It's been a decade since Warped's 2014 relaunch, which also saw the introduction of the Don Reynaldo, El Oso and La Colmena lines. This year, each line is getting a limited edition 10th anniversary cigar.

Garo Adds Cigar Ring Holder, Four Finger Ashtray  **rs
04/04/2024

Garo Adds Cigar Ring Holder, Four Finger Ashtray **rs

Garo is the latest company to get in on the burgeoning category of wearable cigar accessories.

VegaFina Inmensos Announced as Swiss Exclusive  **rs
04/04/2024

VegaFina Inmensos Announced as Swiss Exclusive **rs

It's the first limited edition VegaFina release for Switzerland.

Firecracker Connecticut Ships  **rs
04/04/2024

Firecracker Connecticut Ships **rs

The newest addition to the Firecracker Series is made with a shade-grown Connecticut-seed wrapper from Ecuador covering a binder and filler blend grown in the Dominican Republic.

Washington, Mo. City Council Approves Smoking Ban Exemption for Cigar Bars  **rs
04/04/2024

Washington, Mo. City Council Approves Smoking Ban Exemption for Cigar Bars **rs

Cigar bars become the first exemption to the city's smoking ban that was passed over a decade ago.

Davidoff Monolith Humidor Heading to Stores Later This Month  **rs
04/04/2024

Davidoff Monolith Humidor Heading to Stores Later This Month **rs

Each Monolith humidor is made out of a single piece of limestone. Because of the weight, the humidor has dampeners to make sure the lid doesn't damage itself when the humidor is closed.

Sugar Land, Texas Passes Ban on New To***co Stores  **rs
04/04/2024

Sugar Land, Texas Passes Ban on New To***co Stores **rs

The city council of the Houston suburb changed the zoning laws to remove to***co shops as an acceptable use.

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