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Patrick Lagreid
Patrick Lagreid
About the author
I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

El Artista Cigars Revamps Puro Ambar

Puro Ambar, one of the original lines in the El Artista Cigars portfolio, is getting a new look and a new blend, with the refreshed...
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El Artista Cigars Adding Buffalo TEN Natural and Fugly Cheroots Claro

Two of El Artista Cigars’s lines are getting new extensions, the Buffalo TEN Natural and the Fugly Cheroots Claro. The Buffalo TEN Natural uses El...
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Fratello Arlequin Begins Shipping This Week

Arlequin, the newest release from Fratello will be shipping this week, first to members of a cigar club and then to retailers, which should have...
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Veritas Cigars Names Jason Lois CEO, Announces New Projects

Veritas Cigars has named Jason Lois as its new ceo. The company announced the move today, though Lois told halfwheel that he has been working...
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Flor del Valle Seleccion del Valle

For the sixth size in his Flor del Valle line, Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars invoked the three numbers that seem to get some attention among...
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Weekly News (Sept. 21, 2020)

News Drew Estate Schedules Liga Privada Pancetta 2020 Release for Sept. 25 E.P. Carrillo Ships Pledge El Septimo Releases Presidential Humidor Collection Espinosa Releases Event-Only...
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Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Box Pressed Maduro Robusto

If you’ve read this site for some time and with some regularity, you’ve probably heard someone bemoan the task of keeping track of the anniversaries...
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Espinosa Releases Event-Only Crema de Laranja

While there aren’t a lot of cigar events happening these days—at least not many in-person events—Espinosa Premium Cigars is releasing a new event-only cigar that...
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Tatuaje Adding Two New Sizes to Cabaiguan

A pair of new sizes will be joining Tatuaje’s Cabaiguan line in October, the No.52 and No.54. Both sizes are named for their ring gauges;...
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El Septimo Releases Presidential Humidor Collection

El Septimo Cigars has released the Presidential Collection, a new series of six humidors made from pure precious stones, with Spanish cedar used for the interior...
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Tatuaje Ships Two New Sizes of Black Label Private Reserve

A pair of new sizes for Tatuaje’s Black Label Private Reserve line are on their way to retailers, a 6 x 50 toro and a...
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