Editor’s Note: It was a bit quiet during the latter half of the week, that was my fault. I was in Dortmund, Germany for the Inter-tabac trade show and largely without internet. There wasn’t a whole lot of new products, although there was a few, but more on that later in the week.

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  • Oliva Viejo Mundo — New for the European market. These are Dutch dry cigars.
  • Paul Garmirian Comments on New School Makers — Comments are here.
  • Cohiba Pirámides Extra Ships — This happened before last week, but here’s the official notice of shipment via a Habanos S.A. press release.
  • Montecristo 520 Edición Limitada 2012 — Also nearing release. Press release here.
  • AVO 25th Anniversary Ships — Press release here. Review here.
  • Big Star Cigar Lounge Opens — The new shop of Scott Partridge. Press release here.
  • Ben Lee Joins Stogie Review — Not sure I’d call it an empire, but Ben Lee has finally left Nice Tight Ash, settling on Stogie Review.
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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 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.