Awards

The Consensus Top 25 Cigars 2021

Imagine you had a friend who never smoked a cigar, but had lots of time on his or her hands. And also had a really,…

The Top 25 Cigars 2021

Over the course of the last decade, halfwheel has produced many different Top 25 Cigars lists, though all have been centered around the same mission: trying to find…

2021 Awards: Packaging Top 10

The Packaging Awards is a tradition that pre-dates halfwheel itself. Brooks Whittington, co-founder of halfwheel, started the awards at his former blog, Smoking Stogie. We ask each of…

2021 Awards: Company of the Year

When it comes to picking the Company of the Year Award, there is both a singular question—which company had the best and/or most impressive year—and…

2021 Awards: New Company of the Year

For the first time in five years, we have decided to give out a New Company of the Year award. Beginning with the 2017 Awards, we…

A Note About Factory of the Year 2021

This week is halfwheel’s annual awards week, a series of awards given out by this site, capped off by our annual list of the Top 25…

The Consensus Top 25 Cigars 2020

Welcome to The Consensus, No. 10. This is simultaneously the most complete and most flawed top 25 cigars of 2020 list you will see. While the…

The Top 25 Cigars of 2020

As you can see below, this is a very different Top 25 cigars list from most. At halfwheel, the 25 best cigars are the 25 best…

2020 Awards: Packaging Top 10

While seemingly every cigar publication creates some sort of list of what it thinks the best cigars to smoke were in a given year—we have…

2020 Awards: Company of the Year

There are no specific qualifications to be considered for this award. Typically, it seems like the award is given to the company who had the…

2020 Awards: Factory of the Year

This was as close as any of our Factory of the Year voting to date: first place was separated from second place by a point,…