Charlie Minato

About the author

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

Blackbird Macaw

In May 2021, alongside news that Elvis Batista had joined Blackbird Cigar Co. as the company’s new national sales director, the company also announced a…

Davidoff Year of the Tiger Launching Next Month

For its year of the tiger release, Davidoff is going small. The Davidoff Limited Edition 2022 Year of the Tiger is a 5 x 52…

XIKAR Adds Xi2 Hot Rod Series

Quality Importers Trading Co. has announced six new colorways for the XIKAR Xi2 cutter. They are part of the XIKAR Xi2 Hot Rod Series, which…

Diesel Sunday Gravy Pecorino Arrives at Retailers

The second Diesel Sunday Gravy is on shelves at stores. It’s called the Diesel Sunday Gravy Pecorino, a 5 x 56 robusto gordo. The Sunday…

Drew Estate Ships Undercrown 10 Factory Floor Edition

The fifth size of Undercrown 10 is off to stores. Drew Estate has begun shipping the Undercrown 10 Factory Floor Edition to retailers. It’s a…

Washington County, Ore. Considering Flavored Tobacco Ban

Oregon’s second-most populous county appears headed towards banning the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products. Yesterday, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2…

Blind Man’s Bluff Nicaragua Shipping Next Month

Caldwell Cigar Co. is finally ready to unveil Blind Man’s Bluff Nicaragua. Next month, it will begin shipping the new line. Blind Man’s Bluff is…

Oscar Valladares McFly Shipping Tomorrow

If you like cigars and Back to the Future, there’s a cigar heading to stores that might pique your interest. Tomorrow, Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co….

Cohiba Blue 7 x 70 Shipping This Week

General Cigar Co.’s stream of new large cigars is continuing with this week’s launch of the new Cohiba Blue 7 x 70. The Cohiba Blue…

Altadis U.S.A. Adds Montecristo Collector Series Humidor

At next week’s Tobacconists’ Association of America, Ltd. Meeting & Convention, Altadis U.S.A. will offer retailers a new $5,000 Montecristo-branded humidor.  The Montecristo Collector Series…

Fratello Arlequín Perfecto Heads to Old Virginia Tobacco Co.

This year, Old Virginia Tobacco Co.—a chain of cigar stores in Virginia—is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Like other stores celebrating similar anniversaries, Old Virginia has…