ADV & McKay Cigars made its IPCPR Convention & Trade Show debut with a nautically-themed booth that played into the theme of its cigar lines, that of a seafaring explorer whose journey is chronicled by cigars.

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. As such, it has had several lines available in Europe since 2017, with a few coming to the United States as well this year.

ADVentura The Conqueror
If there was a box that sold its inspiration, The Conqueror did it as well as any on the trade show floor. The line’s 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. While it’s a new release to the U.S., it’s the third chapter in the series, joining ADVentura The Explorer and ADVentura The Navigator, and each release comes with something to further tell the story, whether it be a map, story or guide.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • ADVentura The Conqueror Comandante (5 x 50) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • ADVentura The Conqueror El Capitán (6 x 60) — $13.80 (Box of 20, $276)

Release Date: July 2019

Production: Regular Production

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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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.