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Brooks Whittington
Brooks Whittington
About the author
I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.

Bellas Artes Limited Edition Corona Extra

In 2016, AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. introduced a new regular production line named Bellas Artes, which translates to fine arts from Spanish and was supposedly inspired by...
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Frog Juice

In the past few years, Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge has put together an impressive collection of store exclusive releases from several manufacturers including the...
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Red Horse Condor Cigar Cutter

Founded by owner Edward Kim—a former MMA competitor and former private security contractor—Red Horse Knife Works started out as a part-time labor of love. After...
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E.P. Carrillo INCH Edición Limitada 2019

For the first half of its existence, every year would see E.P. Carrillo release an annual limited edition. That started with its first cigar—Edicion Inaugural...
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AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata Short Torpedo

In June 2016, Davidoff of Geneva USA released a new variant of its box-pressed AVO Syncro Nicaragua line that had debuted one earlier. Named Syncro Nicaragua Fogata,...
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My Father The Judge TAA Exclusive 2020

After launching The Judge brand during the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show with only two sizes—a 5 x 60 and a 6 x 56—it...
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Principle Cigars Limited Edition Toro Especial Gold Band 2019

There are a number of boutique cigar companies that fly under the radar for most cigars smokers and Principle Cigars might be one of them,...
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Archetype The Master

In January, Ventura Cigar Co. announced two brand new additions to its Archetype brand, both of which would officially be shown off at the Tobacco Plus Expo...
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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #2 (2020)

La Aroma de Cuba is one of those cigar brands that has seen numerous changes throughout its long life, starting in the late 1800’s, when...
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Oscar Valladares Super Fly Connecticut

During the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. introduced what the company is calling its strongest line to date. Named Super...
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Craftsman’s Bench Double Blade Cutter

More than two decades ago, J.C. Newman introduced the Craftsman’s Bench line of cigar accessories, and released the first version of its take on a classic...
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