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.

Alec & Bradley Kintsugi Corona Gorda

In August 2018, Alec Bradley shipped the first cigars in a new brand that was created by Alan Rubin’s sons, Alec and Bradley, which is appropriately—if...
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Alec Bradley Project 40 Maduro 05.50

For decades, there is an ongoing debate in medical circles about the how the effects of nature verses nurture manifest themselves in each person’s personality...
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Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Holiday Edition

Limited editions made just for the various holidays throughout the year are not exactly new in the cigar industry, so it is relatively easy to...
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Davidoff Limited Edition Robusto Intenso (2005)

In 2005, Davidoff of Geneva USA released a cigar that promised to meet a challenge issued by the company’s founder Zino Davidoff to “create a cigar experience...
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La Gloria Cubana 25 Aniversario Pirámides

Habanos S.A. is well-known for the number of different types of special releases it ships around the world, a list that includes Edición Limitadas, Edición...
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Padrón Black No. 200 Natural

Last month, the newest version of the Cigar Rights of America Freedom Sampler began shipping to retailers, although the release was quite a bit more widespread...
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Baka Pygmy

Last year, RoMa Craft Tobac introduced a brand new creation that took its name from an ethnic group of people that live in the southeastern rain...
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AVO Regional North Edition

During the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Davidoff of Geneva USA announced that for the first time in the history of its AVO brand,...
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S.T.Dupont Double Cigar Cutter

During last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, S.T.Dupont introduced two brand new cutter designs, both of which had a double guillotine cutter as well...
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Zino Platinum Crown Series Limited Edition 2020

Although the original Zino brand of cigars was created by the legendary Zino Davidoff in 1975, most people are probably more familiar with the most recent...
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Micallef A

Companies that let fans name products have led to some interesting results in the past, with the R.R.S. Boaty McBoatface moniker chosen in an online...
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