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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

JRE Tobacco Co.’s Aladino Classic Begins Shipping This Week

Only about 30 stores are getting the first shipment, though more retailers will have them in the coming weeks.

Scotts Valley, Calif. to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products as of July 15

With the ordinance’s passage, Santa Cruz County has a complete ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Foundation Announces Toro Vitola for Menelik

It’s a 6 x 52 toro that is scheduled to ship in the late summer or early fall of this year.

Luxury Cigar Club to Release Divino at PCA 2022

At the upcoming PCA Convention & Trade Show, Luxury Cigar Club will be releasing Divino, a new cigar being made at Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera, the…

Tatuaje’s Tuxtla Series Heading to Retailers

The Avion 13, Tatuaje 7th, and the Tatuaje T110 are getting limited edition releases using Mexican San Andrés wrappers.

Espinosa Habano, Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla Add Rabito Vitolas in New Travel Kit

The Espinosa Habano and Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla, a collaboration between Espinosa Premium Cigars and Cigar Dojo, are both adding a 6 x 48 grand corona…

Black Star Line Cigars Reintroducing War Witch Robusto at PCA, Updating Bands

After a hiatus of several years, Black Star Line Cigars will be reintroducing the robusto vitola to its War Witch Line at the upcoming PCA…

Room101 Acquired by STG; Matt Booth to Serve as Creative Director

Room101 Cigars has a new owner, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, and Matt Booth has a new job title.

Los Angeles Mayor Signs Flavored Tobacco Ban Into Law

On Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an ordinance that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products as of Jan. 1, 2023.

Alec Bradley’s Project 40 Lines Adding 7 x 70

The beefy new cigars are scheduled to arrive in humidors in August.

TPE Changes Its Name to Total Product Expo

TPE has a new meaning as the trade show looks to deliver more to attendees.