Phillips & King to Launch New Line of Exclusive Cigars

Reserve collection, which debuts at Total Products Expo, features 6 blends
Phillps & King cigars
Photograph courtesy of Phillips & King

Phillips & King, a distributor or specialty tobacco, alternative smoking products and accessories in the United States, is launching a Reserve Collection. The new line of exclusive cigars from some of the industry’s most iconic brands is launching at Total Product Expo 2023 with six blends available only to Phillips & King retail customers, the company said.

“We developed the Reserve Collection to help our customers stand out from their competitors with a line of proprietary cigars from the best-selling heritage brands,” said Jim Charnley, senior director of marketing at Phillips & King. “We leveraged our longstanding factory relationships to create a series of cigars that offer a range of flavor and strength profiles. And the Reserve Collection is available in two distinct packaging formats designed to fit a variety of retail footprints.”

The collection includes:

  • Montecristo: A mellow-to-medium-bodied cigar wrapped in a Habano leaf with notes of cocoa, cedar and sweet spices.
  • H. Upmann: A medium-to-full-bodied cigar wrapped in a Connecticut Ecuadoran leaf with notes of sweet spices, rich latte and nutmeg.
  • Romeo y Julieta: A medium-bodied cigar wrapped in a Habano leaf with notes of vanilla, molasses and black pepper.
  • Macanudo: A mellow-to-medium-bodied cigar with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper and notes of milk chocolate, almonds and white pepper.
  • La Gloria Cubana: A medium-bodied cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and notes of molasses, all-spice and dark rye.
  • Punch: a medium-to-full-bodied cigar with Rosado Olancho wrapper and notes of spices, dark chocolate and cedar.

The Reserve Collection offers 20-count boxes of Toros and Robustos that can be stored in a traditional humidor, as well as a countertop display featuring three-pack samplers that do not require additional humidification. The cigar blends were made in collaboration with Altadis U.S.A. and the Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Phillips & King anticipates beginning to shop the Reserve Collection cigars to retailers in April.  

Phillips & King, Moorpark, California, is a subsidiary of Kretek International. It offers premium cigars, tobacco products, alternative tobacco products and accessories under brands including Cuban Rounds: Taste of Havana, Djarum, Raw, Zippo and more. Kretek International also owns Tobacco Media Group, which runs the Total Product Expo tradeshow, formerly called Tobacco Plus Expo. It will be held Feb. 22 through 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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