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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.

CAO Orellana

When I first heard about the CAO Amazon Series, I thought it was nothing more than a marketing ploy, an opinion that was proven wrong...
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Luciano The Traveler

Considering that A.C.E. Prime—the acronym stands for A Cuban Experience—debuted 11 than skus during this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show—including blends made in collaboration with...
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Cavalier Genève Limited Edition 2019

After being in the American market only two years, Cavalier Genève released its first limited edition cigar last year, appropriately named the Cavalier Genève Limited...
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Romeo y Julieta Tacos (EL 2018)

On Sept. 8, 2018, more than 500 people attended an event held at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain that brought together Habanos S.A.; the Spanish...
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Factory Smokes Sun Grown by Drew Estate Robusto

The 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show featured a number of new releases for Drew Estate, but one of the more interesting announcements from last...
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Gran Habano Blue in Green Corona

In June 2018, Gran Habano announced a brand new line named Blue in Green, which the company described as a medium-bodied cigar blended to embody “the...
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Tatuaje CQ2

By 2013, Tatuaje selling a retailer exclusive cigar had almost become old hat after legendary cigars like the Porkchop, Pork Tenderloin, Little Boris and Tobacco...
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Table QUAD Cutter by Palío

At the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Palió showed off a brand new table top cutter with four different cutting options in one impressive package....
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Lords of England Connecticut No. 2 Toro

Over the years, there have been many defunct cigar brands that have been resurrected with varying degrees of success: Brick House, 7-20-4 and La Palina are...
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La Barba Ricochet Crü Mexi-Sol 5 1/2 x 54

Last year, La Barba introduced a brand new brand that drew upon owner Tony Bellatto’s knowledge as a sommelier. Named Ricochet, the new line that he described...
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Colibri Quasar Punch

Last year, what has become arguably one of the cigar industry’s most unique series of accessories—the name of which was taken from the mysterious sources...
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