By

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.

San Miguel by Gurkha Robusto

Prior to 2019, Gurkha had never had a cigar produced by the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Now, for the...
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Benchmade 1500

In the past two years, a slew of well-known knife makers have been making inroads into the cigar enthusiast market by selling various versions of...
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Partagás Capitols

During the 35th Havana International Fair that took place at the EXPOCUBA exhibition center from Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2017, Habanos S.A. formally introduced a new series of...
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Illusione PCA 2020 Exclusive

In February, Illusione announced it would be releasing a new cigar that would be sold exclusively to retailers who placed orders in person during the 2020...
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Viaje Zombie Red Collector’s Edition (2020)

In 2011, Viaje released the first of what has since become one of the company’s most recognizable lines. The Viaje Zombie began as an exclusive...
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Oliva Serie V Melanio Edición Limitada 2019

In 2012, Oliva introduced a new line that had been in the works for a number of years, the Serie V Melanio. The new cigar was...
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La Jugada Habano Semi-Pressed Toro

One of more recent companies to show a willingness to think outside of the box—no pun intended—when it comes to unique names or elaborate packaging...
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La Flor Dominicana Mickey Blake’s Edición Exclusiva

In November 2013, La Flor Dominicana announced a single store exclusive for Southington, Conn.-based retailer Mickey Blake’s. Appropriately named Mickey Blake’s Edición Exclusiva, the new...
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E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel

Earlier this year, E.P. Carrillo announced the newest addition to its Perez-Carrillo Series: Pledge. Following the La Historia and Encore brands—which were introduced in 2014 and...
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Tatuaje Black Label Britanicas Extra

Personal blends for cigar makers have been around for a very long time and considering their origins, it comes as no surprise that some examples...
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TOPS Knives 208 Clipper Cigar Cutter

Founded in 1998, TOPS Knives currently produces more than 200 different knives that are used not only by the general public, but also members of...
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