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Charlie Minato

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I am an editor and co-founder of 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.

Asylum 13 Brands Getting New Packaging

CLE Cigar Co. has started shipping about half of the updated packaging designs. Beyond a facelift, the company is standardizing its box counts.

Hoyo de Monterrey Souvenir de Luxe Hitting Stores

The new cigar is part of the Línea Retro. It will head to select stores in Switzerland next month alongside the new Partagás Aliados.

Bolivar Gran Republica Debuting June 1

The “Gran Republica” name is a nod to Simón Bolívar’s Gran Colombia.

STG Announces New Roles for Seven Former Alec Bradley Employees

When STG purchased Alec Bradley in February, the company said it would integrate Alec Bradley into its Forged division by June.

Rob Gagner Leaves Boveda

Gagner was best known as the host of Boveda’s Box Press podcast.

Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2023 Shipping Next Month

This is just the second time that a Las Calaveras blend will use a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. New for 2023 is a 5 1/2 x 52 belicoso that will only be sold in samplers.

Aladino Candela Robusto

This review contains references to green tea, Cherry Coke and Mary Poppins.

Raching Launches Larger MON5800A

The humidor measures just over six-feet tall.

Tatiana Groovy Blue Belicoso Begins Shipping

This is the second year in a row that Miami Cigar & Co. has added a larger size to its popular Groovy Blue line.

Montana Governor Signs 35 Cents Tax Cap for Premium Cigars

Beginning July 1, consumers should expect reduced prices for cigars they purchase in Montana.