Antonio Lam’s Reinado line grew by just one cigar this year, but the reviews on it so far have been pretty favorable.


The Reinado Grand Empire Ecuador Edition is a 6 x 38 petit lancero that is scheduled to come out right after the show, as Lam told halfwheel he has the cigar ready to go.


Other than that, the promotional model who was working the booth was really friendly and wanted to pick Brooks Whittington’s brain about how to be a professional photographer after being on the other side of the lens.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.