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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.

IPCPR 2019: Blanco Cigar Co.

After having a fairly big year in terms of new cigars at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show—that was the year the company released...
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IPCPR 2019: Global Premium Cigars

Global Premium Cigars has been a regular at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show since at least 2015, and while this year saw the another...
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IPCPR 2019: Cigar in the Bottle

“Forbidden Johnny”  Soyak is back again this year with Cigar in the Bottle. While there isn’t any new liquor, or a different cigar in the...
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IPCPR 2019: EH Cigars

Although the EH Cigars booth was a bit difficult to find, when I got there I was thrilled to see owner Edgar Hoill showing off...
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IPCPR 2019: Fratello

While Omar de Frias’ Fratello usually has at least one new product every year for the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, this year features more...
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IPCPR 2019: Drew Estate

On the surface, not much has changed about the Drew Estate booth at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show compared to last year: the...
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IPCPR 2019: La Sirena

There were a number of cigar brands commemorating anniversaries in various ways at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and one such company is...
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IPCPR 2019: Foundation Cigar Co.

Perhaps one of the most interesting booths I visit every year—certainly, one of the ones I look forward to—the Foundation Cigar Co. is always in...
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IPCPR 2019: Quesada

There are two new products front and center at the Quesada booth this year. One of which has been sold in the Spanish market and...
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IPCPR 2019: Illusione

After resurrecting a brand that was thought to be dead at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Illusione had three more tricks up its...
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IPCPR 2019: Crux Cigars

After showing off three brand new cigars at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, things are a quite a bit less frantic for Crux...
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