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.

Weekly News (Sept. 13, 2021)

Cigar News Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve 2021 Arrives at Stores Carolina Blue Cigars Announces Fulfillment Deal with Illusione Casa Turrent Slates A. Turrent 60 Cosechas…

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero A Oscuro Natural Collector’s Edition

At the 2013 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, La Flor Dominicana showed off a brand new Gran Corona vitola—otherwise known as an “A”—named the Double Ligero…

Weekly News (Sept. 6, 2021)

Cigar News Bahama Mamas Adds Three New Staff Members Casa Turrent Adding Three Lines to 1880 Series Next Year Diesel Sunday Gravy San Marzano Arrives…

601 Black Toro (2021)

In October 2020, Espinosa Premium Cigars announced the return of its 601 Black, the company’s interpretation of a full-flavored Connecticut blend that was originally released by EO Brands—a…

Villa Casdagli Pigasus

In May, Casadagli Cigars announced a brand new line named Villa Casdagli, after the home of Emmanuel Casdagli, a Greek businessman who began the family’s Cairo-based cotton business in…

Taíno Heritage Hamaca

In 2018, Serino Cigar Co. introduced a brand new line bearing the name Taíno, which is a reference to a group of native peoples of Cuba,…

Camacho Liberty Series 2021

One of the oldest series made to commemorate a specific holiday is the Camacho Liberty Series, which—as the name alludes to—is released every year around…

Abuelo Nieto

Family is an important part of many cigar manufacturer’s businesses, and as such, there have been a multitude of cigar lines and releases over the…

Blind Man’s Bluff This Is Trouble

During the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Caldwell Cigar Co. introduced a new line named Blind Man’s Bluff featuring a blend made up of an…

Cavalier Genève BII Viso Jalapa Toro

Prior to the blend being reviewed today, Cavalier Genève had never used a viso Jalapa, Nicaragua leaf as a wrapper on a cigar. Rather than…

Pistoff Kristoff Firecracker

The year 2007 brought the debut of one of the longest-running retailer exclusives series that continues to this day: the Firecracker Series. Originally made exclusively…