There are a lot of impressive booths on the trade show floor, and Kristoff’s is certainly one of them.

Tall, clean and fairly open, it’s become one of my favorite booths in recent years, and this year featured the return of the Vengeance as well as some new packaging.

Kristoff Vengeance

Glen Case dipped into the archives to bring back Vengeance this year, first making it available to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America at their meeting in May, with the cigar just beginning to arrive on store shelves last month. All retailers are now able to order the Vengeance, which has gotten an updated blend from the original, which had a Brazilian maduro wrapper and some Honduran tobacco in the filler.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • Kristoff Vengeance Perfecto (6 1/2 x 60) — $9.90 (Boxes of 20, $198)
  • Kristoff Vengeance 6 x 60 — $9.60 (Boxes of 20, $192)
  • Kristoff Vengeance Toro (6 1/4 x 54) —$9.30 (Boxes of 20, $186)
  • Kristoff Vengeance Robusto (5 x 50) —$9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: June 2018

New Packaging and Branding

Kristoff is also rolling out updated box labels, shelf talkers and cigar bands with the word “Kristoff” and other copy, using gold foil and in a modified font. Part of this is to be better aligned with FDA’s requirements for warning labels on cigar boxes, as well to give the presentation a fresh look on shelves. It was based off the Kristoff TAA 49 packaging from 2017, and will be appearing on store shelves gradually as existing stock is depleted.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.