Review: Cubao No. 3

EO Brands is one of the quieter companies in the industry. Cubao? Perhaps the quietest brand. 601 takes most of the attention, and those that…

Buenaventura BV654

Earlier this month, Binny’s Beverage Depot, the Illinois-based chain of liquor and tobacco shops, announced that it had received a store-exclusive release from Curivari’s Buenaventura…

Punch ManTua (ER Italia 2018)

If Habanos S.A. let the staff members of halfwheel design an Edición Regional release, it would probably end up something like the Punch ManTua. Or maybe Brooks would have his idea win out and we’d do a ninfa with a 109 cap.

Tatuaje Escasos Gran Tatuaje

It has been said that the only constant in life is change, and that is an accurate way to describe the newest line from Tatuaje…

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,…

Puro Sabor 2020: Day 3

So far, my visits to factories in Estelí have all been return visits: J.C. Newman PENSA, which I visited on Wednesday, as well as My…

My Father Baseball Bat

In August of 2010 at the IPCPR show in Las Vegas, My Father Cigars showed off some very interesting cigars said to be rolled in…

IPCPR 2013: The halfwheel Guide

Here it is. The biggest, most comprehensive and most exhaustive pre-show guide. This will be a fun show, an important show and a relevant one….

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Robusto

Introduced in 2009 at the annual IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, the My Father Le Bijou 1922 line was the second core line for My…

Weekly News (July 4, 2011)

Editor’s Note: Two weeks away from the IPCPR show and another quiet week. There’s a lot of chatter and I imagine this week will be…

2016 Awards: The Consensus Top 25 Cigars

It is likely that there will never be a year quite like 2016 for The Consensus. The difference between first and second? One point. The difference…

Sancho Panza Eslavo (ER Serbia 2014)

While most of the reviews you read here start off with a detailed history of the cigar being reviewed, it seems a bit more appropriate…

La Madrina Natural Robusto

Say the word Fresno, and cigars are likely not the first thing that come to mind. In fact, they don’t come to mind at all….

Weekly News (December 12, 2011)

Editor’s Note: A few things. Last week I stated that we would not be publishing a Top Ten list this year, I lied. Due to…

2015 Awards: The Consensus Top 25 Cigars

And we’re back. As we’ve done for the previous four years, here is The Consensus. It’s a tabulated list of various top five, 10 and 25…

H.R. Signature Lancero

There are some cigars that make it clear that they are being released to celebrate something, whether it be an anniversary, birthday, milestone or some…

2013 Awards: halfwheel 25

After over 250 cigars, the staff of halfwheel took more than 30 of the highest rated new cigars of 2013, smoked and ordered them individually….

Weekly News (June 6, 2011)

Editor’s Note: On Friday, the IPCPR sent out the much awaited “rules” for the bloggers. It was met with quite a host of criticisms, but…

Schrader Hispañiola Sparky DOCO-EST MMIX-I

In 2010, acclaimed winemaker Fred Schrader released two different cigars for a new brand bearing his name, Para Ti and the Schrader Hispañiola Sparky DOCO-EST…

Weekly News (April 18, 2011)

Who said April was a slow cigar news month? After the jump is a massive news post with perhaps more release announcements than any other…