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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.

Romeo y Julieta Maravillas 8

The Chinese Zodiac calendar has intrigued people for thousands of years, so it is no surprise that there have been many companies that have capitalized on...
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Le Petit by Les Fines Lames

In 2014, Les Fines Lames began as an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 producing piedmont-style folding knives in France. The company—which was founded by Pierre Jourdan, Yann Bouten...
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Esteban Carreras Cashmere Churchill

Many cigar companies make it a point to give fans as much information as possible about new releases before they ship to retailers—sometimes long before...
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Punch Duke (ER Mexico 2018)

Before last year, the county of Mexico had only been given Edición Regional cigars from Edmundo Dantes, a peculiar brand that Habanos S.A. otherwise does not...
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Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Box-Pressed Sun Grown Churchill

In 2004, Perdomo Cigars introduced the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne, which also happened to be the first time that the company utilized a bourbon...
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Cavalier Genève Black Series II Lancero

“The one with the gold diamond on it.” That is how I often tell people about Cavalier Genève cigars and its distinctive diamond gold leaf...
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Intemperance BA XXI Gran Perfecto

RoMa Craft Tobac has released a number of different samplers containing each of its blends in a single size in the past—specifically, the El Catador...
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Camacho Nicaragua Toro

In July, Davidoff of Geneva USA announced it would soon be shipping a brand new release named Camacho Nicaragua, which—contrary to what its moniker implies—is...
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Davidoff Limited Edition Special <<53>> Capa Dominicana (2020)

Almost two decades ago, Davidoff accomplished a task that had long alluded Dominican cigar makers: make a cigar entirely of Dominican tobacco. Notably, Davidoff wasn’t...
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Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2020 LC52

For most cigar companies that have been in business more than a couple of years, there is most likely one blend, series or release that...
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Donatus Big Cut Cigar Scissors

Donatus has been making cigar cutters for an extremely long time, with examples of its products dating back at least to the 1950’s. The company...
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