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.

J.C. Newman Adds José Gaspar Cigars for Gasparilla

J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is celebrating Tampa’s annual Gasparilla festival with a cigar called José Gaspar. The name, José Gaspar, is a reference to the…

Juárez Shots Returns for 2022

For the third consecutive year, Crowned Heads will ship stores a smaller version of its Juárez line. The Juárez Shots XX debuted in 2020. It’s…

Ferio Tego Brings Back Metropolitan Selection

Ferio Tego’s relaunched Metropolitan Selection brands are now ready to ship. Like most of the rest of Ferio Tego’s portfolio, the Metropolitan Selection is a…

Bocock Brothers Signature Edition Debuting at TPE 2022

The Bocock Brothers are paying tribute to their father with the company’s newest cigar. It’s called the Bocock Brothers Signature Edition and the company says…

2021 Awards: New Company of the Year

For the first time in five years, we have decided to give out a New Company of the Year award. Beginning with the 2017 Awards, we…

Rocky Patel Disciple Half Corona Begins Shipping

Rocky Patel is adding a fifth size to its relatively new Disciple line. The Rocky Patel Disciple Half Corona is a 3 1/2 x 46…

Ashton Increasing Prices for 2022 (Update)

Ashton Distributors, Inc. will increase prices on some of its portfolio beginning Jan. 1, 2022. The changes will affect La Aroma de Cuba, San Cristobal…

Caldwell’s The King is Dead Escape Plan Shipping Next Month

Nee month, Caldwell Cigar Co. will release a box-pressed version of its The King is Dead brand. Like the original blend, The King is Dead…

A Note About Factory of the Year 2021

This week is halfwheel’s annual awards week, a series of awards given out by this site, capped off by our annual list of the Top 25…

2021 Reviews in Review

Before we start naming the winners of our various awards, we should probably think of a name for what we call it beyond “awards week.”…

Rocky Patel White Label Toro

Few companies approach new products launched at the annual PCA Convention & Trade Show with as predictable of a manner as Rocky Patel Premium Cigars,…