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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.

Tatuaje ME II Belicoso

Back in 2012, Tatuaje was known for releasing small batches of cigars with little to no warning and even less explanation. That was the case...
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Marrero Aquatico 45

In September 2018, Marrero Cigars announced two fairly major milestones in its company’s history: the first was a brand new factory located in the Dominican Republic...
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AVO Unexpected Celebration

During the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Davidoff of Geneva USA released a quartet of new cigars under its AVO brand, each of which features...
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CroMagnon Fomorian (2014)

There are not that many candela-wrapped blends on the market, so when RoMa Craft Tobac introduced the CroMagnon Fomorian six years ago, it was a...
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Southern Draw IGNITE Private Blend #4 Corojo

Last year, Southern Cigars debuted its four blends in its IGNITE Series, composed of a series of different cigars released at specific retailers around the...
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Serino Vintage 2012 A

During the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Serino Cigar Co. showed off two brand new cigars, one of which was a bit larger than...
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ACID Kuba Arte

As has been mentioned on this site many times before, it is not unusual for cigar manufacturers to release specific cigars to commemorate special occasions,...
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Powstanie Wojtek

Cigars have been named after many different people, animals and even inanimate objects, but to my knowledge a new release from Powstanie is the first cigar...
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Aladino Corojo Reserva Toro

At last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, JRE Tobacco. Co. released a very interesting cigar it dubbed the Aladino Corojo Reserva. The interesting part...
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Pistoff Kristoff Firecracker

There have been a number of different retailer exclusive series in the cigar world that have stood the test of time, from Smoke Inn’s Microblend...
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OpusX Rare Black

Back in May, Prometheus began shipping the newest incarnations of its OpusX Serie Heaven and Earth, which included one new blend as part of the four different...
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