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Crowned Heads Brings Back Juarez Shots – Cigar News

Crowned Heads has announced that their limited edition version of their Juarez blend, Juarez Shots will be coming back for a third year in a row. The features the same…

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Watch: The Packaging Top 10 of 2021 Live (12:00 P.M. CST)

As is our tradition, before we unveil the Top 25 Cigars of 2021, we will start with our favorite packaging items we saw in the...
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United Cigars Revitalizing La Mezcla Cubana at TPE – Cigar News

United Cigars is bringing back an older line to U.S. shelves this year, La Mezcla Cubana. The brand first hit the market in 2006 through Cigar Agency, and was sold…

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La Aurora Especiales Heading to TPE 2022

Next week, La Aurora will show off its newest cigar line, though it won’t be the first time some of the retailers buying the cigars...
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Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Gordo Debuting at TPE 2022

The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua line will be getting a new size—the line’s largest to date—next month. Aging Room is adding the Aging Room Quattro...
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CAO Amazon Basin Returns to Stores

The CAO Amazon Basin is returning to store shelves for another limited edition run. The line, which debuted in 2014, garnered attention for its use...
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Phillips & King International has revealed a new and updated corporate brand identity, as well as plans to launch a new wholesale e-commerce platform. In...
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Illusione Epernay LeMonde Cigar Review

Illusone's Epernay is the most popular blend in their massive catalog of premium blends. The blend features a completely Nicaraguan construction - wrapper, binder, and filler. This type of blend…

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje T110 Reserva

There was a time when shop exclusive cigars were truly something special. One region that has had many shop-exclusive cigars has been the State of Hawaii.  Back in 2005, Tatuaje…

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Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced a collaboration with restaurateur, Emmy Award-winning TV host and cigar smoker, Guy Fieri, to make his own line of cigars, Knuckle Sandwich. This new line…

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Crowned Heads has announced Juárez Shots, a limited production 4 x 50 line extension to the company’s regular Juárez line, is making a return for a third consecutive year Juárez…

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J.C. Newman Cigar Company has announced the release of José Gaspar cigars. The cigar line is named for the famed pirate that would become the inspiration for the city of…

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La Galera 85th Anniversary Arriving at Retailers

After a delay of several months, the La Galera 85th Anniversary has begun arriving at retailers. The line celebrates the 85th anniversary of Tabacalera Palma...
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Espinosa and Guy Fieri Team up for Knuckle Sandwich

Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that they have teamed up with restaurateur, Emmy Award-winning TV host and cigar smoker, Guy Fieri, to create his own line of premium cigars which…

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Ferio Tego Brings Back Metropolitan Selection

Ferio Tego’s relaunched Metropolitan Selection brands are now ready to ship. Like most of the rest of Ferio Tego’s portfolio, the Metropolitan Selection is a...
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At the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2022, United Cigars will relaunch a budget-friendly brand for which it has held the rights for some time, the La Mezcla Cubana Rothschild. La…

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JRE Tobacco Co. has informed its retailer that it will be implementing a price increase across most of its portfolio as of Feb. 1. Justo...
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Cigar News: Jake Wyatt Cigar Company Adds Lithium Lancero

Jake Wyatt Cigar Company is adding a fifth vitola to its Lithium line in the form of a 7 x 38 lancero. Lithium is a regular production line that was…

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Cavalier Black Series II Toro Cigar Review

This 6×54 box pressed stick features a almost black, oily, firmly packed dense wrapper with a triple cap and peppery musty cocoa aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with…

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Jake Wyatt Cigar Co. Adding Lithium Lancero at TPE 2022

Jake Wyatt Cigar Co. has announced that it will be adding a lancero vitola to its Lithium line at the 2022 Tobacco Plus Expo happening...
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A Note About Factory of the Year 2021

This week is halfwheel’s annual awards week, a series of awards given out by this site, capped off by our annual list of the Top 25...
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On Episode 61 of Prime Time Jukebox, we recap cigars and music from both personal and industry angles. We have a special panel consisting of John McTavish of Developing Palates…

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On Episode 60 of Prime Time Jukebox, we continue our recap of the Rolling Stone’s recent refresh of their Top 500 songs of all time. This segment will cover songs…

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2021 Reviews in Review

Before we start naming the winners of our various awards, we should probably think of a name for what we call it beyond “awards week.”...
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K by Karen Berger Habano Lancero – Blind Cigar Review

"I was pleased with this cigar and what it had to offer. Once I gave it the proper respect, the flavors really came together to reward my efforts. Between the…

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