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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.

Firecracker Connecticut Ships

The newest addition to the Firecracker Series is made with a shade-grown Connecticut-seed wrapper from Ecuador covering a binder and filler blend grown in the Dominican Republic.

Lotus Shipping Four New Lighters to Stores

Two new lighters for Lotus. Two new lighters for Vertigo.

Colibri Schedules Heritage Cube Collection for June

Each of the products shares the same square design style and will be available in the same six color options.

Nomos Celebrating 250th Anniversaries of U.S. Marine Corps & Navy With Special Release

The commemorative cigar is a 6 x 54 toro gordo made up of an Ecuadorian habano wrapper covering a Dominican criollo 98 binder and a filler blend made up of tobaccos grown in the Dominican Republic.

Tatuaje Expanding Cojonú 2012 Line, Adds New Packaging

The new packaging includes 21-count boxes for all five Cojonú lines as well as a 24-count box designed to look and open like a book.

PCA 2024: Top Three Things — Brooks Whittington

On the list this year: a colorful and artistic cigar box, a teeny, tiny cigar lighter and a cigar humidor made out of baseball bats. Not in that order.

Plasencia Shipping Cosecha 149 Cortez Figurado in May

Like the rest of the Cosecha 149 line, the new Honduran puro uses tobacco from the 2014 tobacco harvest, which was the Plasencia family’s 149th.

El Mago Shipping Solstice This Month

The new limited edition is a 6 x 48 “thin toro” made with a Nicaraguan Sumatra-seed wrapper covering an Ecuadorian habano binder and a filler blend made entirely of Nicaraguan tobacco.

Rojas Schedules Street Tacos Cinco de Mayo for April 10

The newest addition to the company’s Street Tacos brand will be on shelves in time for the popular Mexican holiday.

Howard G Adds Gordo & Robusto Vitolas to Magic Stick Lines

The company is adding three 6 x 60 Gordo vitolas and two 5 x 52 Robusto vitolas to its lineup.

Lotus Ships Three New Gift Sets to Retailers

All three gift sets include a cutter and lighter, while one features an ashtray and the other two include a five-cigar travel humidor.