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.

Kristoff 685 Woodlawn Box Press Toro TAA 2021

In May 2013, Kristoff released the first vitola in a new limited edition that was initially sold exclusively to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of...
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Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Husband

Considering how many cigars are produced every year, there is a curious lack of sampler boxes from manufactures that include multiple of their different blends...
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Viaje Skull and Bones The Punisher

First came The Hulk, followed by Bruce Banner, then Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider and Mephisto. No, these were not the members of a new Marvel...
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Tatuaje T110 (2021)

Even in a sea made up of some of Tatuaje Cigars’ most legendary releases spanning from 2006 to 2009, the T110 stands out. When it...
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Cohiba Serie M

There is no brand quite like Cohiba. For whatever reason, the brand has garnered a cache that is unrivaled. While most of that is intended...
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Córdoba & Morales Seasons Spring Edition

The turning of each new season brings not only new weather but also—at least in the case of Córdoba & Morales—a new series of cigars...
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Asylum Martes 13 48×4

Friggatriskaidekaphobia. Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Both are scientific words used to describe the fear of one particular day of the week that coincides with a specific day of the...
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TPE 2021: Day 3 & Final Thoughts

After waking up early on the third and last day of the Tobacco Plus Expo 2021 and running around frantically for four hours trying to...
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Plasencia Year of the Ox

If you did not know any better, you might be forgiven for thinking there is a secret pact between a large number of manufacturers to...
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TPE 2021: What’s New

Although there were nowhere near the number of new releases than a much bigger show like the PCA Convention & Trade Show, TPE 2021 did...
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TPE 2021: Day 2

My second full day covering the TPE 2021 Convention did not start with nearly as much chaos as the previous day and I was able to...
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