Brooks Whittington

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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.

Lost&Found Halloween

Caldwell has jumped onto the Halloween cigar bandwagon with this 5 x 50 robusto covered in a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

Weekly News (Jan. 30, 2023)

Cigar News Alec Bradley Increasing Prices In February  All Saints Ships Six New Vitolas, Increasing Prices Artesano Del Tobacco Slates El Pulpo For February  CLE,…

Oscar Valladares Raw Dog

The Raw Dog from Oscar Valladares foregoes the traditional wrapper and is instead made with only a binder grown in the Copán region of Honduras at price point of $6 each.

Juan López Gran Patagón Edición Regional Cono Sur Debuting Next Month

This will only the second Edición Regional release made exclusively for the Southern Cone countries, which includes Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Tatuaje Cojonú 2015

The Tatuaje Cojonú 2015 is one of the “missing years” in the regular production line that was originally supposed to have a new addition every three years.

Weekly News (Jan. 23, 2023)

halfwheel extends our condolences to the friends and family of J. Paul Tucker, owner and operator of Oxmoor Smoke Shoppe in Louisville, Ken., who passed away last…

Weller by Cohiba 2022

Unlike the first incarnation from 2021, the second incarnation of Weller by Cohiba actually includes tobacco that has been aged in barrels that previously held bourbon.

2022 Awards: Factory of the Year

After skipping last year due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, halfwheel’s Factory of the Year award is back.

Weekly News (Jan. 16, 2023)

Cigar News Caldwell’s Long Live The Queen Arrives In Stores Cavalier Genève Launching Tres Delincuentes At TPE 2023 Dan Davison Appointed Director Of Marketing For…

Weekly News (Jan. 9, 2022)

Cigar News Bocock Brothers Increasing Prices For World Traveler Collection Fratello Announces Price Increase K By Karen Berger Adds Distribution In Hungary  Oscar Valladares Tobacco…