Editor’s Note: No more video reviews, at least not for another year or two.

  • The State of Tiant Cigar Group — Story here.
  • Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda 2013 Jar Delayed Until 2014 — As per Mr. Johnson. We kind of saw this coming.
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  • Saints & Sinners Kits Ship — Sean “Casper” Johnson told us these might actually ship on Monday, and it appears they are. 
  • Fuente Ships Show Specials — According to a few retailers, the show specials (858 SG and two tweaked Fuente Fuente OpusX blends carrying Destino al Siglo bands) have shown up on recent invoices.
  • E.P. Carrillo Close to Releasing Edición Limitada 2013 — Story here.
  • Oliva Serie V Maduro 2013 — Now with pictures, expected to be released next month.
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  • Davidoff Opens Second U.S. Lounge — Brooks Whittington and I were on hand for the opening of the second Davidoff Lounge at Club Humidor in San Antonio, Texas on Friday. Davidoff will open up its third lounge this week at Burn’s Tobacconist in Chattanooga, Tenn. and has plans for a fourth lounge to open in New Jersey before the end of the year. It should be noted the lounge at Club Humidor is the first carrying Davidoff’s official design language for the lounges. The company opened up one at The Humidor in Westmont, Ill. last year that—while Davidoff branded—does not match the decor for the future lounges. We were also told that the Davidoff flagship stores in New York might also receive the new design language in the future. There is a special Davidoff Lounge cigar available, pictured above, at all Davidoff lounges. 
  • Viaje Stuffed Turkey Added to Late October Shipment — Alongside Skull and Bones M?stery and Full Moon, details here.
  • Flor de Cano Gran Cano Arrives in the U.K. — Details here.
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  • A.J. Fernandez to Add 7x 70 to Oval Line — Coming soon.
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  • Warped Cigars to Make a Cigar — The above comes from Kyle Gellis.
  • Esencia 6 x 60? — Prototypes floating around.
  • Miguel Schoedel Promoted to Toraño National Sales Manager — Story here.
  • Montecristo Petit No.2 Announced — Press release, here.
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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.