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.

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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D’Crossier Golden Blend Reserva Cañonazo

In 2007, Pure Aroma Cigars, Inc. released a five-vitola line under its Diplomacy Series named the D’Crossier Golden Blend. It was made up of an Ecuadorian...
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Southern Draw Manzanita Toro

Late last year, Southern Draw released a blend that was created to pay homage to the origins of tobacco itself. The cigar is named Manzanita—which translates...
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VegaFina Year of the Ox

The Chinese Zodiac calendar has fascinated people since it was first invented around 550 BC, so it was no surprise when a number of different...
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CLE 25th Anniversary 50×5

Anniversaries of any sort tend to be a big deal in the cigar world, so when Christian Eiroa announced a brand new blend late last...
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Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

As has been mentioned many times on this website, anniversaries are oftentimes a big deal in the cigar industry; therefore, it hardly comes as a...
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Tarazona Caraballo828 Silverback Edición Limitada

At the beginning of 2020, Tarazona released two brand new limited edition cigars that were named after Eddie Tarazona’s business partner, Mario Caraballo. The subject...
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Room101 11th Anniversary Torpedo

Anniversaries tend to be a fairly big deal in the cigar industry, and as such, there seems to be a new blend—or a new size...
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