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.

Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva Edición Limitada

In 2016, Viaje chose the InterTabac trade show to introduce a brand new line named Circa ’45, a European exclusive that was released to some...
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E.P. Carrillo INCH Ringmaster 5 3/8

Since it debuted in 2012, E.P. Carrillo Cigar Co.’s original INCH line has added a number of different line extensions, including the INCH Maduro, INCH Colorado, INCH...
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AGANORSA Leaf Rare Leaf Reserve Robusto

Last month, AGANORSA Leaf began shipping a new blend that was created to focus on Nicaraguan criollo tobaccos. That creation is the Rare Leaf Reserve, a cigar...
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Cigar Cutter Knife 8 CM by Lelle Floris

Historical knives are a big business in some parts of the world, so it is not exactly surprising that a company has come up with...
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Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2021

In 2007, Davidoff of Geneva USA launched a brand new brand named after Winston Churchill, the famous Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who has...
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Perla del Mar Corojo Corona Gorda

Late last year, J.C. Newman announced that it was making a host of major changes to its Perla del Mar brand. Specifically, the company introduced new...
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La Flor Dominicana Special Football Edition 2021

In 2015, La Flor Dominicana released the first version of what has become an annual tradition celebrating not only the Super Bowl but also the...
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New World Double Corona

In 2014, Abdel Fernandez of AJ Fernandez developed a brand new blend with his father, Ismael, who had joined his son’s company after spending 17...
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San Cristóbal de La Habana 20 Aniversario

Considering the country’s history with tobacco, it may be tempting to assume that just about any brand of Cuban cigar has been in existence for...
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Quesada Selección España Ninfa

A decade ago, a small number of people attending the Procigar Festival in the Dominican Republic were some of the first to smoke a brand...
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Plasencia Alma Fuerte Sixto I Hexagon Colorado Claro

In October 2016, Plasencia 1865—which is the Miami-based distribution network for Plasencia branded cigars—debuted its first line named Alma Fuerte. One of the three vitolas in...
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