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.

Weekly News (May 30, 2011)

Editor’s Note: Outside of the Monday news, this site has seen various formats in its news… For the next week, there will be at least…

El Triunfador Lancero (Original)

Next to the original release of the Black Label, this has to be one of Pete Johnson’s most heralded productions. Much like the Brown Label…

Padilla Miami Lancero

I guess it’s Raíces Cubanas weekend. Generally, that will result in a fairly good few days, given the Honduran outfit is responsible for some of…

Review: Illusione ~hl~ (Candela)

It’s green. No, not that kind of green. Okay, maybe that kind of green. I’ve professed my love, or lack there of, for Candela once…

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Lancero

Much like the Oliva Serie V Lancero, this should be a cigar that is going to be an absolute winner for yours truly. Cameroon +…

Viaje WLP Fifty Fifty Red (Exclusive)

Because of the delays with the Viaje V.O.R. DT and V.P.R. DT, which are currently scheduled for a mid-June release, Andre Farkas decided that he would move up the scheduled release of his final planned WLP (White Label Project), which was originally scheduled for later this year. For those wondering, the Exclusivo Chiquito, a release that is given to two retailers every two years, has shipped.

La Aurora Purchased by Guillermo León

Dominican publication El Nuevo Diario put this up yesterday, but this has been knowledge in some circles for a good six months. Guillermo León has…

Review: Tatuaje Tattoo

Oh the Tatuaje Tattoo. Not exactly a shining moment in journalistic accuracy for el niño diablo, albeit, eventually Pete Johnson cleared everything up.

Review: Rocky Patel Decade Lancero

For a lot of smokers, the plethora of new lines and unique marketing tactics of Rocky Patel (particularly in the catalogs), seems to be a…

Sam Leccia’s “Debut”

A little over six months after we broke the story on Sam Leccia leaving Oliva Cigar Co., he returns with Sam Leccia Cigar Co. Personally,…

Weekly News (May 23, 2011)

We are fifty-five days out from the start of the IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas. Brands are quietly showing off their “secret” unannounced products for…