José L. Piedra Petit Caballeros

Mention Cuban cigars to your average cigar smoker and their first thought will most likely be of the large number of Edición Limitadas, Edición Regionals…

Habanos S.A. Updates José L. Piedra Packaging

Habanos S.A. has announced that it is updated the packaging for the value-priced José L. Piedra brand. The Cuban cigar monopoly will be changing the…

Montecristo L’Esprit Debuts in Switzerland

A new Montecristo cigar appeared as part of the launch of three new humidors.

José L. Piedra Adds Petit Caballeros Vitola, Arriving in Switzerland Next Week

In June, Habanos S.A. announced that it was giving its value-priced José L. Piedra line a makeover, updating the bands and packaging while also changing…

Puro Sabor 2023: Day 4

Day 4 of Puro Sabor featured the official grand opening of a new factory, plus a visit to a factory I haven’t seen in several years.

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas Gran Reserva Cosecha 2013

Holy Grail Week 2023 starts with a large Hoyo de Monterrey made of tobacco from a harvest planted a decade ago.

Caldwell L’ Escalade Robusto

While most of the reviews that you will read on halfwheel are of fairly new cigars, every so often one will be of a cigar that…

Could Cuba Meet the Demand of the U.S. Market?

Yesterday, executives from Habanos S.A. told international media that the Cuban cigar company was waiting for the U.S. embargo to end and expected to “conservatively”…

Weekly News (July 25, 2022)

Cigar News Crowned Heads Begins Shipping Las Calaveras 2022 Djeep Launches 16 New Lighter Designs Diesel Disciple Becomes Full Release, Now Arriving At Stores Favilli…

Padrón to Add 6 x 60 No. 4 to 1964 Anniversary Series

Padrón has confirmed that a 6″ x 60 size in the 1964 Anniversary Series is being made and will be known as the Patriarch. (Update: Padrón changed…

Partagás Corona Gorda Añejados Launching Next Month

Just on the heels of Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagás will be the next brand to receive Habanos S.A.’s Añejados treatment. Next month, the Partagás Corona…

Quai d’Orsay Secreto Cubano Announced as 2017 Edición Regional for France

Cigar smokers in France will soon be getting a new limited edition size in the Quai d’Orsay line, as SEITA has announced the 2017 Edición…

Por Larrañaga Opera Nears Release

In France, there are two distributors of Cuban cigars. One is SEITA, a subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group, which distributes the José L. Piedra and Quay…

La Escepción Selectos Finos Edición Regional Italia (2011)

After discontinuing the La Escepción brand in 1989, Habanos S.A. brought back the marca 23 years later as part of the company’s Edición Regional program and released the 6 1/2 x 38 Selectos Finos as an exclusive for the country of Italy.

Habanos S.A. Cuts Quai D’Orsay to One Vitola

Quai D’Orsay is down to just one vitola as Habanos S.A. recently ceased production on the Imperiales vitola, leaving a corona as the brand’s sole…

Higher Cuban Cigar Prices Go Into Effect in Spain

Spain, the largest market for Cuban cigars in the world, has announced new pricing for Cuban cigars. In short: it looks very familiar to that German price list from a few weeks ago.

Bolivar Belgravia Nears Release

In June, Hunters & Frankau, the U.K.’s importer of Cuban cigars, held a party to celebrate the release of the Ramón Allones Hunters & Frankau Aniversario…

Juan López Don Juan Arrives in Benelux

The Benelux region of Europe is the latest area to receive an Edición Regional from Habanos S.A. Last week, multiple retailers in Belgium indicated they…