The last time we were in Las Vegas for the largest cigar trade show, AKA Cigars was without a booth. Two years later, the company not only had a booth, but a sizable one at that, no doubt helped by the company’s design and their unique placement, which made the AKA booth feel gigantic.

AKA Cigars IPCPR 2013

The Booth
By the time we stopped by, it was day four, and things had quieted down, although we are told that was far from how the show normally went. The award for the simplest explanation of SKUs goes to AKA: all the offerings on one rack. Easy to understand and easy to visualize, in case you were interested in bringing in the entire AKA portfolio.

AKA Nth Degree

Nth Degree
The company’s Maduro debuted at the 2013 IPCPR trade show. Once talked about as a strong cigar, it’s now being marketed as an “old-school” Maduro. Teal was seen in a few booths, including at AKA. The line debuts in six sizes, all priced under $10.00.

AKA Respect 2013

Respect 2013
Say hello to footbands. The new Respect blend debuted sans Rothchildes. The concept of introducing a core line with a limited shelf life is interesting, but you have to respect the honesty.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of 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.