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.

Punch ManTua (ER Italia 2018)

If Habanos S.A. let the staff members of halfwheel design an Edición Regional release, it would probably end up something like the Punch ManTua. Or maybe Brooks would have his idea win out and we’d do a ninfa with a 109 cap.

AGANORSA Leaf Updating Aniversario Maduro at PCA 2022

There are three new sizes of AGANORSA Leaf Aniversario Maduro coming at PCA 2022. Also, the packaging is changing again.

Brian A. King Named New Director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products

The new head of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has spent more than a decade as a tobacco researcher at the Centers for Disease Control.

United Cigars Relaunching Red Anchor at PCA 2022

United Cigars is bringing back a 250-year-old cigar brand with the help of KBF.

Room101 Adding 13th Anniversary, The Big Payback Nicaragua

There’s been a Room101 10th Anniversary, 11th Anniversary and 12th Anniversary, this year there will be a Room101 13th Anniversary.

Isabela Adds 2022 Ltd Edition Mammoth 6 x 60

Sometimes, the 6 x 60 size is the smallest vitola in the line.

STG Sales Dip in Q1 2022

“Consumer demand for handmade cigars in the US remained robust in the quarter though with signs at the end of the quarter of a return to the structural declining volume trend,” is not the best of news.

Patoro’s Terre Blanche Getting New Size, National Launch at PCA 2022

After spending half of a year as an exclusive for Industrial Cigar Co., Patoro will begin to offer the Terre Blanche to stores nationwide. In addition, a planned third size will come to market.

La Galera 85th Anniversary (Jochy’s Blend)

Jochy Blanco and his son, José Manuel, blended two different cigars for the La Galera 85th Anniversary release. Both Blancos turned to their fathers for help: Jochy used notes from his father, José Manuel gave Jochy whiskey in exchange for help.

Liga Privada H99 Phineas Gage Lancero Heading to Events in June (Update)

The Liga Privada H99 will be offered in a lancero size. Coming to Drew Estate events next month.

El Rey del Mundo by AJ Arrives at Stores

El Rey del Mundo is the latest Cuban legacy brand to get the AJ treatment.