The AR Cigar Collective is now Union Star by A&R.

Richie “Riot” Otero, PDR Cigars’ director of sales, told halfwheel the company was changing the name of the brand to help differentiate itself from other cigar companies. Otero and Abe Flores, PDR Cigars’ founder, started the concept as a way to sell cigars that had been sitting in the company’s aging room. Those cigars were originally designated for another project or client, but for one reason or another, the cigars stayed at the company’s factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

So far there have been two releases as part of the project.

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I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.