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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.

Seven Factories in Nicaragua Shut Down Due to Coronavirus (Update)

As of Monday, Nicaragua’s largest factory will be closed due to concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Drew Estate became the first large factory to...
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A List of States Where Cigar Shops are Closed Due to Coronavirus (Update)

Cities and states in the U.S. are beginning to undergo shutdowns in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. While there are certainly...
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CAO Expedición Shipping to TAA Retailers in May

General Cigar Co. has announced its TAA exclusive for 2020 and for the third time, it will come from CAO. The CAO Expedición is a...
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Rocky Patel TAA Exclusivo 2020 Shipping in May

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Inc. has announced its TAA release for 2020. The Rocky Patel TAA Exclusivo 2020 is a 6 x 52 toro that...
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Crowned Heads Announces The Lost Angel as TAA 2020 Release

Every single TAA exclusive release from Crowned Heads has been called The Angel’s Anvil, until now. This year, the company will release The Lost Angel...
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Tatuaje TAA 2020 Scheduled for April

For the 10th anniversary of Tatuaje TAA releases, the company will be using a different wrapper than any of the first nine releases. As was...
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La Flor Dominicana TAA 52nd Oro Tercera Edición Shipping This Fall

La Flor Dominicana’s popular chisel shape has been selected for the company’s 2020 TAA releases. As it has done for the last few years, the...
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Perez-Carrillo Encore 656 Designated for TAA 2020 Release

E.P. Carrillo’s 2020 exclusive for the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) will be from its Perez-Carrillo Encore blend. The cigar is the Perez-Carrillo Encore 656,...
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TAA 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus

The TAA 2020 Meeting & Convention is now canceled. Today, the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) met and voted on how to proceed with this...
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Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock (2020)

For the most part, we can eventually find the cigars we want to review. While manufacturers will send us cigars—an increasingly rarer phenomenon as we’ve instructed...
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CRA, PCA Petition HHS/FDA to Delay May 2020 Substantial Equivalence Deadline

Two cigar trade groups have asked FDA to delay the May 2020 substantial equivalence submission deadline due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. If it doesn’t...
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