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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.

Vertigo Omni Twin Cutter On The Way To Stores

The new accessory is designed with a double guillotine cutter, a v-cutter and two different punch blades.

Umbagog Bronzeback, StillWell Star Aromatic No. 22 & Sobrmesa Brûlée Wagashi Begin Shipping

One cigar is brand new, one has been renamed and the last is a retailer exclusive that is now being shipped to stores nationwide.

Weekly News (April 15, 2024)

The headlines, reviews and more from the past week.

Ceniza Fina Corojo Corona Gorda

The first release from the family behind Fine Ash, a retail store in Arizona, is called Ceniza Fina. That would be Spanish for “fine ash.”

Partagás Línea Maestra Arrives in Andorra

Every other Cuban Partagás is sold with red and gold bands, but for Línea Maestra, Habanos S.A. developed all-new packaging. It was announced in three sizes, two of which have gone on sale in the principality of Andorra.

AVO Seasons Limited Edition 2023 Fall

The diadema was one of four different AVO limited edition cigars meant to celebrate the four different seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer.

Fratello Ships Concealed Carry 18th Amendment

The new release is the first of six planned blends, each in the same 5 1/2 x 54 vitola and each with its own individual branding.

Definition Shipping GEN413 Lancero & Toro

Both new vitolas are made with an Ecuadorian broadleaf hybrid wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés binder, and Nicaraguan fillers grown in Condega, Ometepe and Pueblo Nueva.

Quesada 50th Anniversary On the Way to Stores

The limited edition line includes a 6 1⁄4 x 56 Toro Prensado with an MSRP of $17, and a 6 x 60 Perfecto with an MSRP of $19 each.

La Llorona Corona

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