IPCPR 2018: Phillips & King

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While readers of this site might be more familiar with Ventura Cigar Co. than its parent Phillips & King, or even its parent Kretek International, the reality is Ventura has a booth inside a much larger booth containing a lot of other businesses. Phillips & King is a massive specialty tobacco distributor that distributes Ventura’s products, Djarum, Cuban Rounds, pipe tobaccos, e-cigarettes and even other company’s brands like Drew Estate or General Cigar Co. It’s a company that many smaller shops go to when they cannot get accounts with the manufacturers themselves or when their orders aren’t large enough for it to make sense to order direct.

The Phillips & King booth seems smaller than in the past, but a quick check of the maps suggests that that’s just perception. Ventura was occupying part of a corner within the booth, which isn’t different than in years past, though the display was focused on three lines more or less and a bit more spaced out. One thing about the P&K booth is that it’s busy. People constantly flowing in and out, others like Guillermo León there for a meeting and tons of sales reps. It’s an energy I rarely find in other booths.

Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Cloaks

The Archetype Fantasy Miniseries is the newest series from Ventura Cigar Co. and the first project that Michael Giannini is heading up. It’s an interesting concept: three cigars, all made at the same factory, Tabacalera Oliva Cigars de Nicaragua S.A., and all in the same size. They are also all $9 per cigar.

Cloaks is a box-pressed robusto.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Cloaks (5 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: 2018

Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Crystals

Crystals is a round cigar with a closed foot and pigtail.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Sun-Grown Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Crystals (5 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: 2018

Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Curses

Curses also is round with a closed foot and pigtail.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

 

  • Archetype Fantasy Miniseries Curses (5 x 50) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: 2018

Case Study No. 13

The other featured release is Case Study No. 13. This is one of the 26 Case Study releases the company announced in 2016. Now, it’s time for No. 13 to get its more formal and widespread release. It’s a limited edition, broadleaf-wrapped cigar from Drew Estate.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: n/a

 

  • Case Study No. 13 (5 x 50) — $16.50 (Boxes of 20, $330)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: September 2018

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Phillips & King always gives a way something big at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, this year Best Cigar Prices won.

Update (Aug. 3, 2018) — The original version of this article incorrectly stated the Fantasy Miniseries was made at NACSA. It is being made at TABOLISA.

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda 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.

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