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Patrick Lagreid

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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.

Shreveport, La. City Council Repeals Casino Smoking Ban

Casinos and gaming facilities will be able to allow smoking in the majority of their businesses starting June 1.

Diamond Crown Cameroon Double Belicoso (2020)

A cigar with roots back to at least the early 2010s returned in 2020, and gets a redux after three years of rest.

Gurkha Ghost Connecticut Asura

Gurkha’s latest spin on the Ghost aims for the milder side of the strength scale.

Illusione TAA ESP 2022

Illusione’s second release for the Tobacconists’ Association of America’s Exclusive Series Program features unique corojo hybrid in the filler.

Vector Shipping New Guardian, Revamped Sonicpump Today

One is a sizable table lighter, the other is a pocket-friendly lighter that offers both a soft flame and a torch.

West Tampa Tobacco Co. Ships New Red Line

It’s the third regular production line for the company, and will be available both in the U.S. and in international markets.

Viaje Announces New Batch Birthday Blend and Debut of Phat Scotch Bonnet (Update)

This is the first time the Scotch Bonnet has been released since it debuted in 2019, while Birthday Blend comes in its largest box count to date.

Romeo y Julieta Book of Love Scheduled for Early June Release

The new cigar features Dominican piloto tobaccos from two regions in the filler.

Shady Moose Robusto

The Chillin’ Moose’s newest line extension gets bright yellow boxes and a milder blend than the original.