April 2014 Newsletter


April 23, 2014

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Kurt's Corner
I love to eat – I always have.  Over time, it’s become more of a “living
to” than a “living for”.  Cigars are also like that for me – I live for the
moments to smoke them.  This month, we discuss cigars and eating,
which share more in common than just our palate (which truth to tell,
is enough!)
Last week’s trip to New York City provided my passion
extraordinary satisfaction.  The Comfort Diner extended day-after
comfort, while Mario Batali’s Esca found a way out of NY – to heaven
(try the Branzino), and The John Dory Oyster Bar gave me the need
for Comfort – along with the best oysters and lobster po' boy
imaginable. You can find my list of favorite haunts for both food and cigars right here: Kurt's NYC Food & Cigars. Add one of your own!
New York City has among the world’s best cigar shops – with something for every taste, in both cigars and atmosphere.  And rather than pick favorites, I invite you to visit them all.  The cigar world in New York occupies a small space, with just enough stores for the intrepid smoking traveler to visit (most of the others are gone, victims of New York’s draconian tobacco taxes and anti-smoking laws).  Among them you will find sophistication, relaxation and lounges large and small.
For all my passionate eating, my weight hasn’t changed. Some might call it “discerning,” or less kindly, “picky”. Really, I just eat what I like, and beyond that I don’t have much interest.  However, I practice intrepid eating, meaning I’m willing to try anything once. The same is true for cigars – this is key to really, really understanding cigars.  And if you also read about them, study them, perhaps write about them, you will soon find your own expertise.  Howard, who I first met in the Dominican Republic, recently said hello at the TX Cigar Fest.  He carries a cigar dossier with him – of descriptions of almost every cigar he has ever smoked.  Now that’s personal expertise!
At events, consumers often ask what cigar I might recommend.  I always reply, “what do you drink: beer, wine or whiskey?” I find the palate for drinks matches cigars (beer – mild, wine – medium, whisky – strong).  I also find the palate is indifferent to gender: once I suggested a strong cigar to a woman who was sipping a bourbon – she loved it. 
Whichever palate you have, I invite you to intrepid, travel-smoking discovery.  If not to NY, then travel around your city, visit a variety of shops.  “Travel” through the humidor, practice intrepid smoking.  Above all, enjoy!


Kurt Van Keppel
NEW PuroTemp Wireless Hygrometer System

   Do you own the new PuroTemp Wireless Digital Hygrometer yet? If not, you are missing out! This innovative system allows you to monitor the temperature and humidity of up to 3 of your humidors-- without even opening them! And with a guaranteed accuracy of +/-2% RH right out of the box, you can relax knowing XIKAR has you covered.

   Since it's introduction, The PuroTemp

Wireless Hygrometer System has satisfied XIKAR Nation with it's simplicity and efficiency. But don't just take our word for it, users have been eager to share their approval and recommendations:
"I've had mine for a week now and it's excellent. It gives the peace of mind I've been looking for. Same as you, I no longer feel the need to open my humidors to check on them. Once again, XIKAR answers the bell with another quality product." 
-Nick Barbieri, Youtube.com

"It does exactly what it says it does, and does it with simplicity. It measures humidity better than any other method I have used, and that is saying a lot."
-Emmett Malone, Blindmanspuff.com

"These are absolutely awesome. Unbelievably accurate!" 

-Tinder Box Buffalo, Facebook.com

      The PuroTemp Wireless Hygrometer System was scientifically developed for accuracy and dependability. This innovation has led XIKAR to expand our understanding and procedures for obtaining precise humidification and temperature readings. For more information on the new accurate calibration method and how to test your humidification and hygrometer, consult our Hygrometer/Humidification FAQ Video.


Remote Sensors (Each base unit comes with 1 sensor. Additional sensors available for purchase)

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events for you to check out and get awesome XIKAR deals! 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:
4/24 Lake Country Cigar

Delafield, WI  4-7 p.m.
4/25 Honolulu Cigar Company

Honolulu, HI 5:30-8:30 p.m.
4/26 Thompson Cigars 

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
4/26 Mike's Cigar Room- Carrillo Cigar

Conroe, TX 12-6 p.m.
4/26 Cigar Cigar

Evansville, IN 2:30-6:30 p.m.
5/2-5/3 CigarFest

Lake Harmony, PA
5/4 New Jersey Cigar Festival
Union, NY 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
5/5 Adirondack Cigar Shoppe
Saratoga Springs, NY 4-8p.m.
5/6 Beverly Cigar Store
Staunton, VA 4-7 p.m.

5/9 Don Fancisco

East Brunswick, NJ 5-9 p.m.
5/14 Anstead's Tobacco
Fayetteville, NC 5-8 p.m.

5/15 Smoke on the Water

Baltimore, MD 5:30 p.m.
5/16 Havana Phil's Cigar Co.
Greensboro, NC 4-8 p.m.
5/16 Holt's Cigar Company
Philadelphia, PA 1-7 p.m.
5/17 Tobaccology
Manassas, VA 4-8 p.m.
5/20 City Place Cigar
Lynchburg, VA 5-9 p.m.
5/21 Havana Connections
Richmond, VA 5:30-8 p.m.

5/22 Mr. B's Cigar Box

Avon, IN 3-10 p.m.

5/22 JR Cigars

Paramus, NJ 12-4 p.m.
5/22 Fidel's
Kansas City, MO 5 p.m.
5/22 Buttshead Tobacco Emporium
Danbury, CT 4-9 p.m.
5/24 East End Cigar Company
Myrtle Beach, SC 3-8 p.m.
5/28 Tinder Box of the Carolinas
Charlotte, NC 5-8 p.m.

5/29 Cigar Vault Emporium- Asylum Cigars
Staten Island, NY 6-10 p.m.
5/29 Jungle Jim's
Fairfield, OH 5-8 p.m.
5/30 Maxi's Franklin Square

Franklin Square, NY 4-9 p.m.
5/31 Havana House

Bath, OH 3-10 p.m.
5/31 C.A.T.S Festival

San Antonio, TX 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hall of Fame Member Nominations

     The XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize outstanding individuals of XIKAR Nation. Nominees are selected based on their love of XIKAR plus their passion for the cigar lifestyle.

     If you  know someone who represents XIKAR Nation with a passion for the brand, love for the lifestyle and appreciation of quality, please fill our newly revised nomination form.

    New Hall of Fame inductees receive personalized XIKAR products and a feature in the XIKAR Newsletter, website and social media pages.
Submit your nominations today!


2014 XIKAR 4 LIFE Hall of Fame Members

Don McDowell

Jeff Parker

2013 XIKAR 4 Life Hall of Fame Members
James Truxillo
Shawn Smith
Kevin Koscielniak

2012 XIKAR 4 Life Hall of Fame Members
Daniel Dwyer
Jay Bitzer
Moe O'Donovan
Alberto Alfonso

2011 XIKAR 4 Life Hall of Fame Members
Carolee Martin
Fraser Monk
Dan Kruse
Jeff McDowell
Robbie Morton



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XIKAR Featured
Cigar Journal 
Spring 2014 Issue!

Cigar Journal  magazine published "Cutting a Long Story Short," a XIKAR exposé illustrating the quest to finding the right cutter for every occasion. The article is a captivating narrative briefly informing readers of the histories and functions of the different kinds of cigar cutters. Click on the link below to access the article and take the journey for yourself!

Above: XIKAR Advertorial featured in Cigar Journal.
Also, check out the featured 
XIKAR Advertisement 


May is National BBQ Month --
Let's Celebrate!

XIKAR Nation, after some aggressive resisting from Mother Nature, it appears that cookout weather may finally be upon us! We can think of no better way to celebrate National Barbecue Month than with a contest! Send info@xikar.com a picture of you and your favorite XIKAR accessory celebrating the season and gettin' your grub on (May 6th is National No Diet Day -- kill two birds with one stone!) The most delicious  photo entry will receive a Stratosphere lighter, 5 count Travel Case, and Ashtray Can! All entries must be submitted by May 20th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced May 21st in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.
Bon Appetit! 
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