Editor’s Note: (The) Contest coming. Promise. Enjoy the holidays.

  • Guillermo León by La Aurora 15 Minute Break Next Month — Story here.
  • Tatuaje Exclusive Mission Pipe CQ1 in January — Details here.
  • Viaje Holiday Blend 2012 Candy Cane Emerges — Picture here.
  • Gran Habano Expands Gran Reserva Line — Details here.
  • Herrera Estelí Ships — 150 Boxes for events ships this week, that will be all for 2012. The cigar goes full production early 2013. Papas Fritas still on track for next month.
  • La Aurora Ships 100 Años This WeekHere.
  • Crowned Heads Mule Kicks ShipsHere.
  • La Grande Clase Nears Shipment — Story here.
  • Camacho Vintage Holiday Sampler Announced — Story here.
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  • Smaller LAT Emerges — No word on production. Above via Dan Reeve.
  • Zander-Greg Announces Just Compare It — Press release here.
  • Best Cigar Prices Releases 2012 Limited — Press release here.
  • Gurkha 125th Ships — Press release here.
  • J. Grotto Lancero Ships Here is the press release.
  • JM Tobacco Announces Price Increase for JM’s Dominican Premium Cigar Line — Press release here.
  • 7-20-4 Adds Rick ArditoThis makes it official.
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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.