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After cigar industry veteran Enrique “Kiki” Berger passed away in 2014, his widow Karen Berger unveiled her own K by Karen Berger line at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show two years later. That brand has since grown considerably and is featuring a number of new products during the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show.

The K by Karen Berger booth is big and spacious, with plenty of room to show off the company’s products, while still allowing for easy movement throughout. Although it was located near the back of the show floor, there never seemed to be a lack of customers milling around the multiple times I passed it every day and Karen was always easy to spot, dressed as she was in a traditional looking outfit with a large flower in her hair.

K by Karen Berger Cameroon

The biggest news from the company is a new limited edition line featuring a Cameroon wrapper from Africa.

  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • K by Karen Berger Cameroon Robusto (5 x 52) — $11.50 (Box of 10, $115)
  • K by Karen Berger Cameroon Toro (6 x 52) — $12 (Box of 10, $120)
  • K by Karen Berger Cameroon Salomon (5 x 52/58) — $13 (Box of 10, $130)

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars, Each Vitola)

Release Date: July 14, 2021

K by Karen Berger Connecticut Lancero

One of three new lancero vitolas added to the company’s existing regular production lines. Unlike the rest of the vitolas in each of the lines that are sold in 10-count boxes, the lanceros are packaged in 20-count boxes.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • K by Karen Berger Connecticut Lancero (7 x 38) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 14, 2021

K by Karen Berger Habano Lancero

Same as above.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • K by Karen Berger Habano Lancero (7 x 38) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 14, 2021

K by Karen Berger Maduro Lancero

Same as above.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • K by Karen Berger Habano Lancero (7 x 38) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 14, 2021

NullDrew Estate is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show.
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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.