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.

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edición Americana Ships to TAA Stores

Joya de Nicaragua’s 2021 TAA exclusive is off to stores. The Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Edición Americana TAA Exclusive is a 6 x 54…

Padrón Black No. 100

Padrón is not known for making new cigars. It’s not to say the company doesn’t, as it typically adds about at least one new cigar…

Fratello Ships Fuoco Vitolas

Fratello has begun shipping a trio of cigars using the Fuoco name to retailers in the U.S. The new 3 1/2 x 50 short robusto…

FDA Tells Swisher Its Cigars Can Remain on Market Pending SE Reviews, Request Lawsuit Moves to D.C.

There have been a plethora of filings in the lawsuit filed by Swisher against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month, including…

STG Reports Strong Q2 2021, Raises Guidance Again

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (STG), one of the world’s largest cigar companies, has reported its earnings for Q2 2021 and the results are predictably strong….

Davidoff Chefs Edition Returns for 2021

Next month, the Davidoff Chefs Edition will return. The Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 is a 7 x 48 Churchill that uses an Ecuadorian hybrid 238…

E.P. Carrillo Short Run Retro 2021 Extended Play

Since launching E.P. Carrillo in 2009, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. has introduced a plethora of blends, most under his eponymous company’s portfolio, along with a fair…

Drew Estate’s Herrera Estelí Connecticut Broadleaf, Habano Lanceros Return to Shelves

Drew Estate has begun shipping the 2021 batch of the Herrera Estelí Connecticut Broadleaf and Herrera Estelí Habano Lancero. Both are limited production items that…

Rick Ardito Named National Sales Director for Veritas Cigars

Rick Ardito is the new national sales director for Veritas Cigars. Ardito is a longtime industry veteran best known for his time at Drew Estate….

Viaje Plata Lancero

In 2011, there was some chatter that Viaje was planning a trio of lancero releases known as Trifecta. It ended up taking three years for…

Supreme Leaf Torpedo Begins Shipping

Yesterday, AGANORSA Leaf began shipping the new Supreme Leaf Torpedo. It’s a 6 x 54 box-pressed torpedo, the four size for the Supreme Leaf line….