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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.

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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Punch Gran Robusto Edición Regional España (2009)

While it may not seem like it now, there was a time when Habanos S.A. would release over 20 new Edición Regionals in a single...
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Select Draw Cigar Cutter

There have been very few significant changes to the basic act of cutting cigars over the years, but the Select Draw Cigar Cutter is one...
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