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.

Gran Habano STK Miami Barracuda

I was trying to find a weirder candidate for today’s redux review, so I went digging deep into a cooler of mine and opened up…

Davidoff Siete Oscuro Goes on Sale Next Week

If you are hoping to purchase one of Eladio Diaz’s birthday cigars, you might have an opportunity to purchase one on October 14. That’s when…

Rolls-Royce Announces $55,000 Travel Humidor

Rolls-Royce, yes, that Rolls-Royce, has announced a new travel humidor. And just like the cars the company sells, its price is more than just about any…

Asylum 9 Begins Shipping

The Asylum 9 is off to stores. It’s the third in Asylum’s anniversary series of cigars—the first was called Asylum Seven, the second was named…

Fratello Ships Arlequín Gordo

The newest and largest size of Fratello’s Arlequín is shipping to stores today. Fratello has begun shipping the Arlequín Gordo, the third vitola in the…

CRAFT 2021

For the fourth consecutive year, RoMa Craft Tobac has released a limited edition cigar—err, cigars—under the simple name CRAFT. It’s an obvious play on the company’s…

CAO 60 Torque Shipping This Week

One of the largest CAO cigars in the brand’s history is heading to stores. The CAO 60 Torque is a massive 8 x 60 vitola…

Meerapfel Family Launching Eponymous Cigar Brand

There will once again be a Meerapfel cigar. The Meerapfel family has announced that it will be introducing a cigar line called Meerapfel. While it’s…

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Returning Soon

The number of Ferio Tego cigars available to stores should greatly increase this month as the company has scheduled a number of product launches for…

FDA Publishes Finalized Substantial Equivalence Rule, Impact for Cigars Unclear

Today, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced finalized rules for companies wishing to get FDA approval for tobacco products through the substantial equivalence…

Villiger TAA Exclusive 2021

Last year, Villiger Cigars North America introduced its first cigar for the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) Exclusive Series Program. This year, Villiger has another…