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@JamesHale I can assure you it's not "what we feel like smoking."

Smoking Stogie was dedicated to rare, limited and hard-to-find cigars. As it grew into halfwheel, and as halfwheel expanded, our focus did as well.

1 day, 4 hours ago on JOYA RED Robusto (Prerelease)

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@Dbell It's listed on Cigar.com.

2 days, 20 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Daniel Marshall

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@Gooey Yes.

2 days, 20 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Oettinger Davidoff AG

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@Tom Hejza Thanks. Looks like we fixed that.

3 days, 17 hours ago on JOYA RED Robusto (Prerelease)

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@Hayblet Yeah. That's what happens when you are photographing a clear humidor.

3 days, 17 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Oettinger Davidoff AG

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@maxx He was there, as were some unbanded samples, albeit, they weren't actively handing them out. So—not a great thing to photograph. Brooks did shoot a portrait of Hirochi, although our portrait schedule is really backed up.

3 days, 21 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Cubanacan

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@DavidHolmes1 It's art, functional art. Trying to compare them to a Djeep is a bit comical. Much like trying to compare a Nissan Cube to a Lamborghini is probably not the best idea, even if they both get you from point A to point B.

6 days, 4 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: S.T. Dupont

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@DavidHolmes1 Nope. Andre seemed ready to tell us, but then said he did not want to give us the wrong info and was not sure off the top of his head.

6 days, 7 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Viaje

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@MattyBlayze 2005?

6 days, 19 hours ago on IPCPR 2014: Day 0 Recap

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@2tonTeeTon How's this?

1 week, 5 days ago on IPCPR 2014: Three Things

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Keep the comments clean.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Hechicera Maduro Slated for August

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@The Nothing @Charlie Minato Hmm. I think there might be another issue. I can understand complaining about the price, or the fact there's only one size, but the idea that changing the box count solves this is a bit odd to me. If the cigar is good enough, people will buy it.


My concern about Neanderthal more than anything else would be its strength limiting its audience.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on RoMa Craft Tobac Prepares Neanderthal for Release

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@Cigar Assessor @Charlie Minato Yep, with my five-year-old Boss II.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Colibri V-Cut

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@The Nothing Don't understand this entirely. The one cabinet is equivalent to bringing in four boxes of any other line the company makes. I don't think the $600 retail minimum order is the average for an account opening up Intemperance—means you are missing sizes, no back stock, etc., not how many retailers (or manufacturers) think.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on RoMa Craft Tobac Prepares Neanderthal for Release

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@driver Agreed. My first reaction as well.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on RoMa Craft Tobac Prepares Neanderthal for Release

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@Cigar Assessor XIKAR changed the v-cut game as well. That blade style was popularized by them. I'll agree after a year of use the end becomes loose, but the blade and cut itself aren't really where I'd start complaining. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Colibri V-Cut

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@CigarAssessor Colibri bias aside—calling the XIKAR a $5 cutter is a bit much.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Colibri V-Cut

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Contest closed, congrats to the winner @Arghtwo.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Ecuador Edition (Prerelease)

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@Arghtwo And you have won. Details on how to claim your prize are here: http://halfwheel.com/contest-rules

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Ecuador Edition (Prerelease)

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@Lenny M Thanks Lenny. One day I'm going to write something about the Pudgy Monsters without screwing up the numbers. One day.

1 month ago on Tatuaje Drac

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@JessicaBlastDanon I'm not sure how to make it much clearer without drawing a picture. But yes, when there are relationships we try to point them out, see: http://halfwheel.com/cao-extreme-returns-cigars-international

1 month, 1 week ago on Cigar Federation Store Launches Factory Direct Series With Project 7 by Noel Rojas

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@MisterBastahrd Yeah. That was odd. Not sure what happened with the responsive code.

1 month, 1 week ago on Viaje Skull and Bones Cloudmaker

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@maxx There are some things that still don't make sense to me. I asked questions and got responses, but they were not terribly satisfying. I think the factory change is enough to resolve some of those questions.

1 month, 1 week ago on Buena Vista Relaunches

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@AceAce Yes. A good portion of the cigar companies that use Colombian tobacco call it "Peruvian." There is a perceived stigma regarding Colombian tobacco, so they just lie. Used to (and still does a bit) happen with Mexican tobacco, which no one wanted to admit to using because there was a belief amongst cigar makers that no one would buy something with Mexican tobacco it. 

1 month, 1 week ago on CAO America Sinister Sam

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@WMThorne Thanks for catching that.

1 month, 1 week ago on Tatuaje Ships Pudgy Monsters

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@trvlnmanroc2 It's 49. Too much work with numbers.

1 month, 1 week ago on Tatuaje Ships Pudgy Monsters

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@stogiesotr_eric You obviously have not smoked the Femur.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on La Flor Dominicana 707

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@maxx I think there's an equal chance of him doing 10 events as there is him giving away a motorcycle.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Event-Only Illusione ~e~ Debuts

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@stogiesotr_eric I would imagine so, L'Atelier and Pete with other limited projects like this (read: TAA) has put out lists.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on L’Atelier Imports Expanding Racine, Selection Spéciale & Surrogates at IPCPR 2014

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@James White Thanks James, you are totally right about that. Should be fixed.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Padilla Cava 550 (Prerelease)

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@MOGator It seems like they might take phone orders potentially as early as tomorrow, but when we called earlier they had nothing set up and said they normally do not. I would try back tomorrow afternoon.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Cabaiguan Celebrando Arrives at Leesburg Cigar & Pipe

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@FUHNAHTIK I have no clue how pipes don't get destroyed, although it seems there is some optimism.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on House Committee Supports Premium Cigar Exemption in New Agriculture Bill

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@FUHNAHTIK I haven't used the Cigar Oasis model, it's being listed in the $80 price range as well for a single unit, and it appears it would need to be attached to a Cigar Oasis, so I'm not sure that's going to be an economical solution either. I think we will try to review one of the cheaper $40 Amazon-like models.


First one with an accurate wi-fi hygrometer at $30ish wins this race IMO.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on XIKAR PuroTemp Wireless Hygrometer

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@fritolaye @TrevorSmith1 There's definitely some plan in place. I would imagine they will be available through some B&Ms online in the next month or so.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on MBombay Launches With Two Lines

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@Godfather I'm with you (and that's just the start of the list.) To be clear, the official name of the cigars are BBMF and NAS, sure they stand for things, but there's nothing in the boxes or marketing that would suggest that. Pussy Juice was just absurd, albeit never released. 

KILO had similar drug connotations, not sure it ever drew negativity because of it.

2 months ago on Black Label Trading Company Morphine Lancero (Prerelease)

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@2cigarguys We (halfwheel) are on the same side, we thought it was appropriate enough to post and I honestly can't think of an instance where we ever didn't post information/review about a cigar because of its name or packaging. 

That being said, I think we fielded a half dozen calls and emails from retailers and manufacturers complaining about the name of the cigar, some suggesting that posting it was detrimental to the efforts with the FDA. Not the first time it's happened, but most the time it has to do with some sort of marketing towards children aspect.

The note in there was not a shot at BLTC, just an acknowledgement of those complaints. 

2 months ago on Black Label Trading Company Morphine Lancero (Prerelease)

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@Godfather Yep. Industry is very sensitive to naming cigars over things that would upset regulatory folks, particularly when it's not their products.

2 months ago on Black Label Trading Company Morphine Lancero (Prerelease)

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@maxx What?

1. Farkas announced Trifecta back in 2011.

2. Trifecta ended up in stores prior to the Tatuaje Lancero Sampler.

If anything say he copied Rocky or Pepín, both of whom did lancero samplers well before Pete or Andre.

But it's even hard to make that argument. Trifecta had two current blends and one new blend, not one or two each of all of the current blends like the aforementioned releases from DPG, RP or Tatuaje.

And furthermore, are we really going to suggest that a lancero sampler is a signature project, one that no one else can ever do without being accused of copying? I'd hope not.

2 months ago on Viaje Oro Lancero

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@TriMarkC Clearly you haven't read one of Patrick's review. Just kidding.

Thanks for the comment, some times flavors really jump out, some times you have to dig a bit to find them, but I think part of it is just the common lexicon for cigar smokers. I definitely remember reading my first review where I saw the word "grapefruit" mentioned and thought similarly about what was actually being smoked. Yet, earth, leather, barnyard (nice way of saying manure) are all very accepted flavors and I don't think most have actually put those things in their mouth.

It's a never-ending game about connecting your palate with your memory, something that I find is improved when doing it alone, when doing it in open air and doing it well-rested.

The key with this cigar is the retrohale, without it, you still get a decent bit of flavor yet miss out on almost everything.

2 months ago on Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014 LC550

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@maxx He's back at acigarsmoker.com, working for Butthead's in Connecticut and is still planning on having KILO out at some point as per http://www.acigarsmoker.com/2014/05/10/changes/

2 months ago on Nestor Miranda Collection Debuts This Week

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Congrats to our winner @wwhwang.

2 months ago on CLE Dark Master

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@wwhwang And you are the winner. Contest rules are here: http://halfwheel.com/contest-rules.

2 months ago on CLE Dark Master

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@DavidHolmes1  I was thinking about that earlier, but then I changed my tune a bit.


The price point of Rothchildes is substantially less than these, it's a few pennies off $4 MSRP and if the retailer gives a box discount gets noticeably under $4. Room101 and Tatuaje are both starting at $5, and I imagine others will follow, but not there. This trend seems to happen every few years ago, it was definitely in vogue in 2010: CAO La Traviata, Nestor Miranda 1989, La Reloba, etc.

2 months, 1 week ago on Room101 The Big Payback Heads to Retailers

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@DavidHolmes1  Similar branding to the rest of the Room101 stuff.

2 months, 1 week ago on Room101 The Big Payback Heads to Retailers

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Congrats to our winner @cmbrose11.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb (Prerelease)

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@cmbrose11  And you will. Congrats, you are our winner. You can claim your prize by following instructions here: http://halfwheel.com/contest-rules

2 months, 4 weeks ago on 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb (Prerelease)

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Release is this Friday at Corona Cigar Co. in Heathrow, Fla. Bill Paley and Andrew Brennan will be in attendance.

3 months ago on La Palina Goldie Lancero Coming in May

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