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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 have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.

Napa Cigars Celebrates 10th Anniversary With a Trio of Cigars

One is a soft launch of the upcoming L’Atelier Côte d’Or La Tâche ’18, one is a new size of the Padilla 1932 Oscuro and the other one is an exclusive from Ferio Tego. All three cigars measure 6 x 46.

Dutch Government Eyes Plain Packaging for Cigars & E-Cigarettes

Over the last five years, The Netherlands has been moving towards plain packaging. If approved, this change could go into effect as early as next year.

Viva La Vida 5th Anniversary Club 500 Sabroso

It’s the fifth anniversary of Artesano Del Tobacco and there’s not one, but two cigars to celebrate the occasion.

JML Modern Adds Drybox Humidors

JML Modern is making purpose-built humidors that are made to dehumidify your cigars. Yes, you read that right.

CroMagnon Clovis Heads to Stores

Clovis is the CroMagnon Black Irish, i.e. a barberpole with candela, but with the new-for-2024 blend.

Weekly News (June 3, 2024)

A look back at the news, reviews and more from the past week.

Dalay Limitada 2023

If you were add up the ages of all the individual Dominican tobaccos used for the Dalay Limitada 2023, the combined age would total 50 years.

Heinrich Villiger Celebrates 94th Birthday With Celebration Cigar

On Thursday, May 30, Heinrich Villiger turned 94. A special cigar has been created to honor the achievement.

New Hoyo de Monterrey Oscuro & Rojo Shipping Next Week

General Cigar Co. says these new blends “signal (the) storied brand’s new beginning.”

Lure Releasing The Last Cast This Saturday

The Last Cast will debut on Saturday, what would have been Lou Cross Jr.’s 91st birthday. His son, Lou Cross III, launched Lure earlier this year as a way to honor his father and two of his passions: fishing and cigars.

Tatiana Delights Heading to Stores

Whereas most Tatiana cigars are offered in smaller sizes, Delights is debuting with Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 50) and Churchill (7 x 50) vitolas.