ADV & McKay Cigars Co. to Make IPCPR Debut with ADVentura The Conqueror

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ADV & McKay Cigars Co. S.R.L. will be making its IPCPR Convention & Trade Show this year with its latest creation, ADVentura The Conqueror as the featured release and headlining the three lines that will be offered to U.S. retailers.

The company was founded in 2016 as a “cooperation” between Henderson Ventura of Tabacalera William Ventura and Marcel Knobel, a Swiss sommelier and coffee producer and retailer.

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At this summer’s trade show, the pair will be featuring ADVentura The Conqueror, which uses an Ecuadorian habano 2000 wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The U.S. will get two sizes, Comandante (5 x 50, $12) and El Capitán (6 x 60, $13.80). There are two additional sizes that are only available in European markets at the moment, Cañonero (7 x 60) and Marinero (5 x 52). The cigars come in boxes designed to look like boats, with a hole in the bow for a cigar to replicate part of the spritsail’s rigging.

The Conqueror is the third release from the company, which released its first cigars to European retailers in 2017. The company’s portfolio also includes ADVentura The Explorer and ADVentura The Navigator, both of which are now available in the U.S.

ADVentura The Explorer, which wears a band accented in red, uses a Mexican habano seed wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. It is being released in six sizes:

  • ADVentura The Explorer Short Robusto (4 x 50)
  • ADVentura The Explorer Corona Gorda (5 3/4 x 46)
  • ADVentura The Explorer Robusto Grande (5 x 54)
  • ADVentura The Explorer Torpedo (6 x 52)
  • ADVentura The Explorer Gordo (6 x 60)
  • ADVentura The Explorer Gran Toro (6 x 54)

The Gran Toro is the only cigar in the line to get a box press, with the other five vitolas being left round. ADVentura The Explorer has been released on a very limited basis in the U.S. market since the company’s launch, but is now ready to get its widespread release, Knobel told halfwheel.

Meanwhile, ADVentura The Navigator features a blend of a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, Indonesian Sumatra binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Ecuador. It is offered in two sizes: ADVentura The Navigator Cabral (6 x 54) ADVentura The Navigator Pinzón (5 x 50), both of which are scheduled to ship to U.S. retailers in mid-June.

The company’s cigars retail between $9 and $13.80 per cigar, before taxes.

In addition, the company produces two more lines that are only available in select European countries. El Loco uses a Mexican wrapper and binder over Mexican and Nicaraguan fillers and is made by A. Turrent, while La Bucanera is a new project being made by Mombacho Cigars at Casa Favili in Granada, Nicaragua.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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