August 2013 Newsletter


August 2013

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Kurt's Corner
Importance of Cigar Education


     When we started XIKAR, we based our essence on innovation and extraordinary customer experience. To achieve this kind of experience for all consumers, we have strived to achieve lifelong relationships based on trust and loyalty.  The trust comes from our Lifetime Guarantee.  And we hope the loyalty comes through our constant efforts in education and interaction with consumers -- on the phone, in person, and on-line.
Superb education opportunities exist in the cigar industry - we observe magazines and blogs bringing great focus and clarity to the "what of cigar".  However, we believe the "how" of cigars needs attention as well.  Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a large group of retailers about XIKAR, and I focused my presentation on the how-to's of cutting, lighting, humidifying and transporting cigars.
Many in the audience had great questions and comments such as, "Thanks for the presentation! I think I've been lighting a cigar wrong my whole life!" This shows that whether you are a seasoned aficionado, or new to the hobby, you may learn something through the information we have to offer.
As always, you can find instructional videos on our YouTube channel, as well as information on our website, Facebook and Twitter. XIKAR is committed to helping you have the best possible cigar experience; please feel free to email us anytime with questions at

For now, here are a few quick tips (click each for an instructional video):
How to light: Be sure not to burn the wrapper with your lighter, this will ruin the burn of your cigar.
How to cut: Do not cut past your cigar's shoulder, this will cause the cigar to unravel.
How to store: Use our PG Solution and not distilled water in your humidifier. The PG solution will prevent mold from forming and also keep your RH level at a steady 70%.

Thanks and happy smoking!
Kurt Van Keppel

NEW Products:.
Pre-Filled Humidification!

     We have pre-filled our HumiStore™ Crystal Humidifiers making them even easier to use. Our crystal humidifiers perfectly maintain the specified number of cigars at 70% Humidity. Watch the crystals... when they shrink to about half their original size, re-charge them with XIKAR's PG Solution. Never let your humidifier go dry again!

• Easy to use, simply unwrap and place the pre-filled humidifier in your humidor
• Slow, steady release of constant humidity of 70%
• Clear polycarbonate cases house crystal gel saturating 450 times their weight with XIKAR PG solution!
• Available in our cigar bar, 2oz/4oz jars, 50ct, 100ct, or 250ct humidifiers

XIKAR U: Tight Draw

By Tobacconist University
     A great cigar must have an easy draw: straining to puff on a cigar will ruin the experience.  Additionally, a plugged or tightly rolled cigar will Smoke Too Hot and not allow the flavors and aroma to develop properly.   Many great cigars are firm to the touch, seemingly tight, but draw loosely and effortlessly: many connoisseurs would argue that this is a perfectly constructed cigar.  While people may have their own draw preferences, everyone will agree that a tight draw is enough to ruin the years of effort and passion that went into creating the cigar.

Dog Days of Summer Winner!

     Congratulations to Rocco and his 3 year old Pug, Pixie! They were the XIKAR team's favorite entry will receive a Stratosphere lighter and an Ashtray Can!
Featured Product:
         XIKAR PuroTemp™ Hygrometers have been redesigned to ensure accuracy right out of the box, without having to calibrate. You now have more time to spend enjoying your cigars, not caring for them! XIKAR hygrometers are manufactured to our exact specifications for long term accuracy and minimal maintenance. They accurately display the relative humidity and temperature in your humidor.
• Updated design with brushed aluminum for a more modern look and feel
• No calibration needed, guaranteed accuracy of +/- 2% RH right out of the box
• Read humidity in the range of 20% to 95%
• Register temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country this summer for you to check out. To hear about all of the latest events/news, visit our tab for Events on Facebook. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:
9/5 Libation Station

in Johnson City, TN 5:30 p.m.
9/6 5th Annual Thanks to Troops
Golf Tournament 
in FL
 Havana Dreamin-Auburn

in Auburn, AL 4 p.m.
 Diebel's/KC Cigarfest

in Kansas City, MO 11 a.m.
 D&S Cigar Lounge

in Lancaster, PA 12 p.m.
9/7 Mom's Cigar Warehouse of NY

in Scarsdale, NY 1 p.m.

9/11 Barrister Cigars

in Union, NJ 6 p.m.
9/12 Genuine Cigar

in  Millersville, PA 5 p.m.
9/12 Ashes N Embers

in  Somerville, NJ 5 p.m.
9/13 Don Francisco Cigars

in  East Brunswick, NJ 5 p.m.
9/13 Cup O' Joes Cigar & Pipes

in Queensbury, NY 4 p.m.
 Outlaw North

in KC, MO 3 p.m.
 Cigar Station

in Spring Hill, TN 6 p.m.
 Outlaw South

in Overland Park, KS 10 a.m.
 Up in Smoke

in Clarksville, TN 5 p.m.
 Cigar N More

in Harrisburg, PA 4 p.m.
 The Humidor Room

in Birmingham, AL 5 p.m.
9/19 Lite Em Up Cigars

in Howell, NJ  5 p.m.
See all XIKAR events

XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame Inductee:

Shawn Smith

      XIKAR is proud to announce their newest member of the XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame, Shawn Smith of New Hampshire. He is a founding member of the Wayfaring Men (Masonic Cigar Club) started almost 3 years ago and a constant cigar smoker. Shawn was nominated by his close friend and co-founder of the Wayfaring Men, John VanKuilenburg.  
      For about 20 years, Shawn would smoke only on the golf course or weekends. But, in the last 9 years, he has really started to appreciate the hobby smoking multiple sticks a day. According to John, Shawn usually starts his morning off with a cup of coffee and light smoke, proceeds to work with another, heads home or off to one of the many masonic events.  And to end the evening, he heads up to the game room where a final smoke of the day could be had with his beverage of choice. 

      Shawn purchased his first XIKAR product 6-7 years ago, the classic black Xi1 cutter which he still uses today. "I'm a cutter guy. I punch my cigars sometimes but my Xi1 fits my 60 ring gauge cigars perfectly, never gets dull and keep itself clean. It's awesome," Shawn said.        Today, John says that Shawn will never be found without his XIKAR cutter, XIKAR lighter & XIKAR  traveling humidor filled with the selections for the day. "I just love the quality of it all. I've won and gotten many other brands as gifts and they do not hold up like XIKAR's do. It's all about the quality and lifetime warranty," Shawn said. 

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Tattoo Contest!

    Roll up those sleeves and show off that ink! XIKAR is looking for the best tattoo(s) to win a new Room101 EXII lighter! Please send us a picture of your tattoo along with an explanation/story (if necessary). Always remember, it helps if it is related to XIKAR/cigars (hint, hint). Send us your entry at by September19th midnight CST. The winner will be announced on Facebook and  in our next newsletter on September 20th.

XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame

     The XIKAR For Life Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize an individual who has demonstrated exceptional support and commitment of the XIKAR organization. Nominees are selected based on their affiliation with XIKAR plus their passion and commitment for the cigar industry. Send all nominees to

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