First, I hope you enjoyed the holidays, even if you aren’t religious and don’t celebrate Boxing Day; now let’s see if I can get through the news without any false reporting on Dylan Austin stories… Cuba increased its export of machine made cigars, no word on premium handmades. Speaking of Cuba, Habanos announced the La Gloria Cubana Inmensos. Litto Gomez announced that the La Flor Dominicana will be raising its prices 2.5%, I’m still trying to figure out if it’s 2.5% wholesale or MSRP, the former would likely represent a 5% increase to consumers. Dion Giolito tweeted that he was smoking the latest batch of MKULTRAs, the limited version of his popular Corona. Pete Johnson tweeted that he had been smoking a Black Label Petite Lancero prototype, no word on if that will ever see production. PuffingCigars posted pictures of the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #3, a cigar that should be out early in 2011. Xikar announced new UPC coding for all of their products. Hammer & Sickles Berlin Wall has been delayed until March. A fire in a Camacho Connecticut wrapper barn destroyed some wrappers, word is it won’t have any affect on production. CRA recognized Rudolph Giullani for something or other.

By the way, a bit of site news – we are finally featured on Alltop.
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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.