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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.

Daniel Marshall by Carlos Fuente – XXXVIII Limited Edition January 2020 (Prerelease)

When a company that makes cigars hits a major milestone, the odds are there will be a special release made to commemorate the occasion and...
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Asylum Seven 11/18

In September 2019, Asylum released a brand new limited edition to celebrate seven years in business. Appropriately named Seven, the new blend debuted in two different sizes,...
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Screwpop Magpulse

Screwpop Tools is known for its collection of tools that are designed to go on keychains. They generally have multiple functions and are relatively inexpensive....
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Warzone Toro

Late last year, Espinosa Premium Cigars released a new cigar in collaboration with General Cigar Co. that marked not only the first time the two companies had...
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Powstanie Wojtek

In July 2019, Powstanie—which is a Polish word for “uprising” that is pronounced poh-shan-yah—released a brand new limited edition with a “tweaked” blend based on...
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Diplomático By Mombacho Cigars S.A. Robusto

There have been a number of different cigars blended specially to enjoy with certain foods or drinks, but a new collaboration between Mombacho Cigars S.A....
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Festival del Habano XXII: Getting Home & Final Thoughts

My fifth year covering the Festival Del Habano in Cuba did not end the way that I was expecting. On my second flight from Miami...
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Festival del Habano XXII: Day 5

Friday started out very much like the other days I had spent in Cuba, but ended with quite a bit more history-making excitement than anyone...
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Festival del Habano XXII: Day 4

As has been the case for the past five years, the fourth day of the Festival del Habano was reserved for one major event: visiting...
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Festival del Habano XXII: Day 3

After the lull in both activities and stress from running around on Tuesday, I knew that Wednesday would be very different in that regard, but...
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Habanos S.A.’s 2020 Humidor Auction Sets Record, Sells Cohiba Humidor for $2.65 Million

Last night’s humidor auction at the XXII Festival del Habano set multiple records for the Habanos S.A., the Cuban cigar conglomerate. In total, six lots...
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