Miscellaneous

TPE 2022: Day 1

There was a time—maybe five years ago—when I spent one half of one day of TPE sitting in the Oliva booth watching a Champions League…

TPE 2022: Day 0

Las Vegas, we’re back. As the first one to arrive for our coverage of the 2022 Tobacco Plus Expo, I’m tasked with this post that…

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,…

Watch: The Consensus 2021 Live Show (12:00 P.M. CST)

It’s time for the most complicated Top 25 cigars list of the year, The Consensus. For the 11th year in a row, I have curated The…

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…

Watch: The Top 25 Cigars of 2021 Live (12:00 P.M. CST)

The moment is finally here, well sort of. Watch as Brooks Whittington, Charlie Minato and Patrick Lagreid unveil halfwheel’s Top 25 list for 2021. The full…

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…

Watch: The Packaging Top 10 of 2021 Live (12:00 P.M. CST)

As is our tradition, before we unveil the Top 25 Cigars of 2021, we will start with our favorite packaging items we saw in the…

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…