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.

Review: J. Fuego Origen Lancero

The J. Fuego Origen line was something few knew about until last year’s IPCPR. Part of that no doubt has to do with the fact…

Review: La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Villano

As pointed out by Michelle Stewart of La Flor Dominicana, I’ve been on a Litto Gomez kick of late. I promise you, there won’t be…

Review: Cusano 15th Anniversary Lancero

It’s another one of these attempts to find a cigar that many never knew existed. I think from that aspect, the Cusano 15th is probably…

Padilla 8 & 11 Returns (Exclusive)

Ernesto did eat a taco. He also is re-releasing the famed Padilla Miami 8 & 11. Just two-hundred (200) boxes of the Robusto will be…

Review: Cain F Lancero

(You can read Brooks’ review of the Cain F Lancero, here.) Following yesterday’s announcement that these were slated for release later on this year, it…

Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie No.13

Quietest release of the year? Yes. Drew Estate acknowledged that they literally said nothing when they released this cigar in early May and I’m a…

Weekly News (June 13, 2011)

  Editor’s Note: It was seemingly on track to be a much quieter week for cigar news (in quantity it still is), and then the…

Cain F Lanceros to Ship in October (Exclusive)

Word out of Oliva is that the Cain F Lancero (currently offered only as part of various STUDIO TOBAC samplers) will ship in October. Retailers…

Oliva Pursues Legal Action Against Sam Leccia (Exclusive)

Following the announcement of the Sam Leccia Cigar Co., Oliva Cigar Co. has announced their legal plans in regards to Sam’s plans. Oliva Cigar Co….

Review: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Lancero (Oscuro)

The Double Ligero is the quintessential La Flor Dominicana in my book. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t the top-selling LFD line and the notoriety…

Review: Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Porto Real

A R&J Lancero? Yes, well sort of… It’s known as the “Porto Real” and like the Macanudo Porto Fino, it comes in tubo. It’s one…