Editor’s Note: While José Blanco was the biggest industry news last week—and just to be clear, he’ll be back—there were actually a couple other important halfwheel-related posts that made it on the site. First, we seemed to have resolved our server issues with a migration over to a new hosting company that can better meet our needs. As for the forum, I would say October is the goal for it to be re-launched. Secondly, we published our IPCPR 2013 wrap-up post. We currently have 235 posts tagged under IPCPR 2013 and I imagine that number could grow to around 250 as we finish up a few more reviews, something that will most certainly continue for the better part of September. 

  • José Blanco’s Tenure at Joya de Nicaragua Ends — Exclusive here.
  • Joya de Nicaragua Announces Executive Changes — Here.
  • José Seijas Returns with La Maltide — Story here.
  • Hawaii Gets Jaime Garcia Lancero — Story here.
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  • Dion Giolito Begins Work on 4 x 44 Prototype — He’s tweeted about it a few times and there’s now a cigar called Dax in his FUMARE retail store. Giolito told halfwheel that it’s just a project and at this time no plans for it to become an Illusione product.
  • Midwest Gets Regional Nestor Miranda Special Selections — Here.
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  • Reinado Cigars Eying Maduro — Antonio Lam isn’t giving up details, presumably this will come after the company’s planned Connecticut release
  • Smoke Inn Adds Date to Microblend Oktoberfest Release — Here.
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  • Primer Mundo Costa Fuerte Lancero? — Maybe.
  • Blessed Leaf Announced, Cigar Coming — Here.
  • Sotolongo Cigars Announces First Release — Press release, here.
  • George Rico Launches G.A.R. Deli — Here.
  • Cigar Rights of America Adds New Board Members — via Cigar Aficionado
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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.