Charlie Minato
About the author
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.

AGANORSA Leaf Adds JFR Lunatic El Grande Maduro for PCA Product HUB

AGANORSA Leaf has added another size to its JFR Lunatic brand of large ring gauge cigars, one that will be sold through the new PCA...
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My Father Humidor Deluxe

If there was a list of cigars with understatements for a name, My Father’s Humidor Deluxe would need to be on it. As the name...
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Asylum Partners With BigTime Tommie for New Cigar

Asylum Cigars has partnered with Tommie Romola, better known as BigTime Tommie, for a new cigar named Romola. The Asylum 13 BigTime Tommie is a...
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Illusione Not Attending TPE 2021

Illusione will not be attending the Tobacco Plus Expo 2021 in Las Vegas. Dion Giolito, the founder of Illusione, told halfwheel that his company—which is listed...
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Senate Bill Would Dramatically Increase Taxes on Cigars, Other Tobacco Products

A bill aimed at reducing maternal mortality introduced last month in the U.S. Senate would dramatically increase the federal excise taxes paid on tobacco products,...
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A List of Companies Not Attending TPE 2021

The following is a list of cigar companies that have announced they will not be attending the Tobacco Plus Expo 2021, or are confirmed as...
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Event-Only Herrera Estelí Flying Pig Debuting This Week

This week, Drew Estate’s Herrera Estelí Caja China will be offered to consumers for the first time. The cigar, which is a Flying Pig version...
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PCA Launches Selling Platform

Last year, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) said it was interested in partnering with manufacturers to create exclusive cigars that would be offered to its...
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Craftman’s Bench Havana

I knew when I set out to do this series of humidor reviews that one of the brands that would need to be included was...
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Illusione Creates First TAA Exclusive

While many of the companies that normally produce TAA exclusives aren’t creating new exclusive cigars for 2021, there’s one company that is making its debut...
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Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas Bala Announced as TAA 2021 Release

Rocky Patel’s TAA 2021 release is a unique size of the company’s Vintage 2006 San Andreas line. It’s called Bala, a 5 3/4 x 58/50...
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