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Charlie Minato
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.

Imperial Says Sale of Premium Cigar Division Delayed, Expects Deal Completed in One Month

The most valuable transaction involving a premium cigar company has been delayed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Imperial Brands, plc—the British multinational tobacco company—has...
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Black Works Studio Killer Bee The Swarm

The last time I reviewed a bee-themed cigar from Black Works Studio (BLK WKS), I started the review wondering what the point of Black Label...
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Illusione PCA 2020 Exclusive Ships

While there was not a PCA 2020 Convention & Trade Show, there is an Illusione that was made specifically for the canceled event and it’s...
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Gurkha Ships Revamped San Miguel

Gurkha’s updated San Miguel is off to stores. The company has announced that the new San Miguel by Gurkha, now made in Nicaragua, is now...
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Trump Administration Bans Americans From Legally Bringing Back Cuban Cigars, Rum

The Trump administration has announced that it will no longer allow Americans to legally bring Cuban cigars and rum after traveling overseas. Previously, Americans traveling...
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Crowned Heads Ships Mil Días

The latest line from Crowned Heads is off to stores. Last week, the company began shipping Mil Días, Spanish for 1,000 days, a new line that...
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Watch: Charlie Minato on I’d Tap That Cigar Show

Note: For some reason this didn’t run last night, but you can watch the show nonetheless. It’s a new week, which means I might be...
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Protocol Jane Doe 2.0 Heading to Smoke Inn Next Month

The next release is Cubariqueño’s line of John Doe cigars will be Jane Doe 2.0. The 6 x 52 toro will be sold by Smoke...
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Toscano Duecento

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do at halfwheel is to review a Toscano. The Italian cigars—the name of which is both a reference...
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Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf Tienda Exclusiva Lancero Arrives at Stores

The Herrera Esteli Connecticut Broadleaf Tienda Exclusiva Lancero is arriving at stores nationwide. It measures 7 x 38 and uses a Connecticut broadleaf binder over...
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Drew Estate Schedules Liga Privada Pancetta 2020 Release for Sept. 25

The Liga Privada Pancetta will return next week. On Sept. 25, Drew Estate will host a virtual event with Barrister Cigars of Union, N.J. and...
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