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.

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Petite Corona & Tubos

A while back (here, to be specific), I posted a host of information about the happenings of Oliva. Somewhere bigger news, Cain Daytona pricelist/sizes and…

Review: El Triunfador No.6

(You can read Brooks’ review of the El Triunfador No.6, here.) Much like yesterday’s review of the Illusione ~hl~ (Maduro), this is a review that…

Review: Illusione ~hl~ (Maduro)

Inevitable? Yes. I’ve already reviewed the Illusione ~hl~ in Candela and Natural, so the ~hl~ Maduro was only a matter of time before I completed…

Review: La Aurora 107 Lancero

Where to start? I’ve already reviewed the La Aurora 107 Lancero once before and written have a few more posts on it, most noticeably here….

Review: Viaje Platino Lancero

The other day we got dubbed “blog of Viaje” by a retailer. I understand it, but from my counts we’ve reviewed a whooping two Viajes…

Tatuaje M80 (Updated)

The next Tatuaje release will be the long-awaited/rumored M80, an exclusive for Two Guys Smoke Shop of New Hampshire. Some part of me says posting…

Weekly News (June 6, 2011)

Editor’s Note: On Friday, the IPCPR sent out the much awaited “rules” for the bloggers. It was met with quite a host of criticisms, but…

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…