Quality Importers Trading Company has announced that they are now shipping their new Xikar Xi80 cutter to retailers worldwide. The Xi80 was first shown off at the 2022 PCA Tradeshow. It takes the original Xi cutter and adapts it to fit larger ring gauge cigars. The Xikar Xi80 features a durable composite body with stainless steel blades designed to cut cigars up to 80 ring gauge. The new design is only available in the classic black color at the moment, but is able to be customized for retailers and manufacturers through QIs in house customization studio, The Swag Bunker. It retails for $49.99
Quality Importers Trading Company has hired Michael Giannini to their senior management team for a new position, Chief of Customer Engagement. In his new role he will be responsible for the Sales, Marketing, and Messaging initiatives of the company. Giannini has been in the premium cigar business since the early 1980s. While working on a Master’s Degree in Psychology, teaching and cooking professionally on the weekends, his true passion was in the premium cigar business. To pursue this passion, he began working at a local Philadelphia cigar shop as a store manager, and then became co-owner of an independent manufacturer’s representation firm. He left those roles to become the National Sales Manager for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s El Credito Cigar Company – while continuing to work on his culinary and fashion skills when time permitted. After the acquisition of El Credito by Swedish Match, the El Credito portfolio merged into General Cigar, where he became Director of Marketing for the La Gloria Cubana brand.
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"A cigar I hated to lose in the process of smoking. Great notes of cherry, earth, leather, cocoa, and oak make this a excellent cigar. Great ash that hung on to the cigar for 30 minutes or better. Five or more of these cigar would round out your humidor perfectly." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
Ventura Cigars is bringing the Third Chapter of it's Archetype Series to IPCPR 2019. This Chapter will feature two blends: Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Archetype Chapter 3 is a collaboration with E.P. Carrillo and rolled at his factory La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Carrillo and Ventura Cigar General Manager Michael Giannini have been friends for 20 years and have collaborated before.
Island Lifestyle Importers have announced their exclusive agreement with Ventura Cigar Company for marketing and distribution. This new agreement will officially launch at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. Ventura will take on national marketing and distribution of the Tommy Bahama brands Island Lifestyle Aged Reserve cigars.
Quality Importers Trading Co launched a new cutter at the PCA trade show earlier this month. The Xikar Revolution is a new kind of rotary action cigar cutter that features synchronized stainless steel blades and power-assisted cutting action.
"The final third of this cigar really upped the enjoyment factor. It took it from good to very good in my opinion. I have always been a fan of cigars with many transitions, and this one did not let me down and threw in a completely unexpected and unique flavor, that made the cigar a true star. The strength and body stayed right in the medium range and can be enjoyed by anyone. The flavors would go well with morning coffee as well as a lighter bodied beer that won't overrun it. I am really looking forward to finding out what this cigar is and recommend you try it when the secret is out! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Back in June of this year, Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) announced the third series in their Archetype line, Archetype Chapter 3. These cigars started shipping today to the United States. Chapter 3 contains two blends, Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Both new cigars in the series, blended by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, stem from the long-term freindship between Perez-Carrillo and Michael Giannini.
Ventura Cigar Company just announced the newest addition to the Archetype line of their premium cigars. Crystals, Curses, and Cloaks, the cigars of the new Archetype Fantasy Miniseries, are hand made at the Oliva factory. These new cigars will debut at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in las Vegas. Each cigar comes with an MSRP of $9/cigar in a 20-count box format.
To celebrate the bond of fatherhood and friendship, Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) have partnered with select tobacconists and shops around the USA for Fathers, Friends, and Fire, a series of events that will be aimed at sharing stories, experiences, and the love of premium cigars and pipe tobacco.