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.

Casa Miranda by Nestor Miranda

There was that rumor about Willy Herrera of ETB Cigars and Jonathan Drew, but I’ve been told that was just speculation at best. Today comes…

Paul Garmirian Reserva Exclusiva Gran Panatela

Perhaps the least talked about cigar out of the TABADOM stables? Yet, it seems that was some of the intention, or at least from what…

Review: Litto Gomez Diez LG Lancero

Litto Gomez, founder of La Flor Dominicana, is somewhat known for his liking of the Lancero size, so no one was shocked when Litto announced…

Review: SWAG Elite

SWAG is a bit mysterious as far as brands go. Oliveros introduced SWAG last year at IPCPR, their take on the “boutique” brand that also…

Review: La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial Lancero

Shocking, another Pepín Lancero. This time, the cigar is produced by the My Father Cigars S.A. factory for Ashton. It’s part of the ever-growing La…

Review: Cubao No. 3

EO Brands is one of the quieter companies in the industry. Cubao? Perhaps the quietest brand. 601 takes most of the attention, and those that…

Review: Davidoff Classic No. 1

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of Davidoff. Lanceros? I like those too. Perhaps my favorite Davidoff of all time? The Classic…

Graycliff Double Espresso Elegante

Say what? There’s another Double Espresso? Long before I got word that Toraño would be taking over Graycliff’s distribution, the Double Espresso Elegante was on…

LFD “The Digger” Goes Into Full Production

Litto Gomez normally keeps news pretty close, but it seems like he’s already ready to go public with some of La Flor Dominicana’s IPCPR plans….

Review: Macanudo Café Portofino

Say what? Macanudo makes a Lancero? And it comes in a tube? Well… sort of. It’s not a true El Laguito No. 1, it’s actually…

Review: Pinar Del Río Habano Sun Grown Lancero

If Charlie “Ray” Stahl wants someone else to review PDRs, he’s probably going to need to do them himself. While our favorite Kentuckian is preparing…