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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.

AGANORSA Leaf’s Lunatic Torch Returns with Updated Design

The Lunatic Torch line from AGANORSA Leaf is returning to retailers this spring with a new look and new vitolas. It is a Nicaraguan puro...
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A.J. Fernandez Ships New World Tins

A new small size of A.J. Fernandez’s New World line is on its way to retailers, as the company has begun shipping the New World...
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Carbondale, Colo. Voters Approve 40 Percent Tobacco Tax

On Tuesday, voters in Carbondale overwhelmingly approved a proposal that will raise the tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products this summer, with 70.8 percent...
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Tatuaje Teases MBS as Summer Release

Earlier this week, Pete Johnson teased a new cigar called the MBS that he said will be arriving ahead of the July 4 holiday, and...
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Sobremesa Brûlée Double Corona Begins Shipping

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has begun shipping the newest size of Sobremesa Brûlée, a 7 x 54 Double Corona. Steve Saka announced the cigar in...
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Weekly News (April 6, 2020)

News Black Label Trading Co. Ships Bishops Blend Lancero Cohiba Royale Arrives at Stores Crowned Heads and ACE Prime Enter Distribution Agreement, Announce BULB Program...
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Punch La Isla (ER Cuba 2018)

As we have covered numerous times before, the Edición Regional program was born in 2005, with a quartet of cigars released, the Punch Superfinos and...
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Incline Village, Nev. Bans Smoking on City Property

This week, the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Truestees passed a new rule prohibiting smoking on all of the district’s properties, with the...
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La Flor Dominicana Petite La Volcada

One of the more enjoyable things that covering the cigar industry allows us to do is get a peek into the backstories and important things...
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Crowned Heads and ACE Prime Enter Distribution Agreement, Announce BULB Program (Update)

Crowned Heads has entered into a distribution agreement with ACE Prime Cigars, or more specifically, a “strategic alliance” that will also see a new project...
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Kentucky Legislature Passes Budget, Cigar Tax Increase Removed (Update)

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Legislature passed a one-year budget package that sought to address what will be 12 months of uncertain revenue for the state....
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