September 2014 Newsletter

September 2014
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Kurt's Corner


Recently, reflecting on the power of observation, I have discovered that in so many of life's facets, observation provides the best first step to success.  There's power in doing nothing!

How can this be true in a world of fast-paced go get 'em business?  First, observation requires quiet, which tends to remove ego from the matter.  So, we stop talking when the sale is made, or more importantly, we listen to the customer's suggestion or complaint.  And by doing so, we learn so much about what's working or not. That's why we developed the PuroTemp remote humidification system - by listening to customer desires.

Secondly, observation gives us the opportunity to deploy the trio of great communication: ask, listen and (really) hear.  This is exactly how we understand the needs of others - whether product needs as noted above, or perhaps just individual needs among team mates. Not only does this integration of others' thoughts make them relevant to the discussions (be they inside XIKAR or out), but they also help us to communicate our respect and appreciation for them.

Most importantly, observation, combined with the tools of listening, enables us to achieve collaborative creativity.  And this powerful result has catapulted us into areas we didn't before dream possible.  You can imagine that we accomplish more and better solutions through collaboration.  And more importantly, everyone is part of the process.  Recently, we attended the Intertabak cigar show in Dortmund Germany, where we had the "official" launch of the Allume lighter family.  Our European distributors collaborated with us in the design and color choice of this lighter family - and it is now the #1 selling launch item in the history of XIKAR.

Enjoy the results of our observation process.  And if you have some observations of your own to make, please let us know!


Kurt Van Keppel
President, XIKAR, Inc.


NEW Cirro Lighter!

     The all new Cirro lighter takes cigar smoking to new heights! This high altitude lighter works at up to 12,000 feet above sea level and features a windproof flame. Its elegant metal body and high altitude performance make it great for any lifestyle, at any elevation.

Product Benefits:

  • High altitude lighter working at up to 12,000 feet
  • Durable metal body with an attractive look and feel
  • Quick thumb action auto-lid exposes a single windproof flame
  • Crosshatch texture for a superior grip
  • Large side view window for easy viewing
  • Large fuel adjustment wheel to easily adjust flame height
Check out a video introduction to the Cirro high altitude lighter here!

Featuring Hot Rod Collection

  Soup up your cigar accessories with the new Hot Rod Collection! This limited edition series brings you new metallic red or metallic orange Vitara lighters featuring G2 accents. These lighters pair perfectly with two-toned Xi1 cutters, available with metallic orange handles on a black body or metallic red handles complimenting a titanium body. Visit your local retailer to pick up these stylish cutters and lighters, then check out our XIKAR Nation Contest announcement to learn how your new accessories can score you some awesome XIKAR swag items! 

Featuring Hot Pink Gift Set

     You asked for it, so we're bringing you PINK cigar accessories! The limited release Hot Pink Gift Set includes a hot pink Allume single lighter and a matching hot pink Xi1 cutter. Perfectly assembled in a XIKAR Collector's Tin, this exclusive gift set is a unique and attention-grabbing addition to any cigar accessory collection. The Hot Pink Gift Set is only available at XIKAR Retailers while supplies last. You don't want to miss out on this hot pink deal!

Tobacconists University: Butane Flame Types

     Traditional: Emits a "soft" flame, like that of a match.
     Burner: Originally these first "wind-proof" lighters used a super-heated coil or metal "burner" to ignite tobacco products. Lighting is a slow process, unless enhanced with a traditional flame. The burner lighter is excellent for small ring gauge cigars or during wind storms, but may not be vigorous enough to light larger cigars on a regular basis.
     Torch: Pressurized butane is responsible for the unique "torch" lighter, which emits a super-hot pointed flame. Beloved for their power, quickness and precision, this most popular lighter for cigar smokers is handy for "touching up" cigars that are burning unevenly or lighting in windy conditions. 

Accessorize your Hot Rod with our Hot Rod!

The Hot Rod Collection is the perfect complement to your hot ride, so show them both off to XIKAR Nation! Upload a picture of your new favorite Hot Rod Accessories with your souped-up car, truck, bike… or whatever your ride is! The photos will be posted to the XIKAR Facebook Page, where XIKAR Nation will “like” to vote for the best shots! XIKAR swag packages will be awarded to the top 3 placing entries, so send in your picture asap to rack up more votes!

See the XIKAR Facebook page for full contest announcement, rules and regulations.

XIKAR Product Reviews


by Cigar Aficionado

Read the Review

by Should I Smoke This?

Watch the Review

Allume Double
by Should I Smoke This?

Watch the Review



Upcoming XIKAR Events

There are a lot of great events for you to check out and get some awesome XIKAR deals! To hear about all of the latest events/news, visit our tab for Events on Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers:

9/26 Davis & Son Tobacconists
Wilmington, NC 3PM-6PM
9/26 Draper's Little Puff
Washington, DC
9/26 Waterwheel Cigar
Amelia Island, FL 4PM-9PM
10/1 PJ's Plus
Oxford, MS 5PM-10PM
10/2 Cigar Superstore
Valley Stream, NY 4PM-9PM
10/4 Outland Cigars
Charlotte, NC 12PM-6PM
10/4 Tobacco Cove
Jacksonville, FL 1PM-4PM
10/9 Barclay Rex-Broad Street
New York, NY 11AM-6PM
10/9 Cigar Plus
Wyomissing, PA 3PM-7PM
10/10 Barclay Rex-42nd Street
New York, NY 11AM-6PM
10/10 Churchill's Fine Cigars
Tempe, AZ 4PM-7PM
10/11 Cedro-de-Azmar
Swansboro, NC 12PM-6PM
10/15 Big Star Cigar Lounge
Mt. Juliet, TN 5PM-9PM
10/16 Up In Smoke
Clarksville, TN 5PM-9PM
10/17 Honolulu Cigar Company
Kaneohe, HI 6PM-9PM
10/17 Humidour, Inc.
Cockeysville, MD 12PM-8PM
10/18 Cutter's Cigar Emporium
Alpharetta, GA 1PM-6PM
10/18 Fox Cigar Bar
Gilbert, AZ 2PM-10PM
10/23 Cigars International
Bethlehem, PA 3PM-7PM
10/23 The Cigar Hut
Hickory, NC 5PM-8PM
10/24 Churchill's Fine Cigars
Phoenix, AZ 3PM-6PM
10/24 Cigar Hustler
Deltona, FL 4PM-12AM
10/24 Cigars International
Hamburg, PA 3PM-7PM
10/24 Queensbury Cigar & Pipe
Queensbury, NY 4PM-9PM
10/25 Cigars International
Bethlehem, PA 12PM-6PM
10/25 Outlaw Cigar Company
Overland Park, KS 11AM-5PM
10/25 Tampa Humidor
Tampa, FL 12PM-5PM
10/29 Corona Cigar Company
Orlando, FL 6PM-12AM
10/30 Churchill's Fine Cigars
Tempe, AZ 4PM-7PM
10/30 Corona Cigar Company
Orlando, FL 6PM-11PM


Inter-tabac 2014

     XIKAR President Kurt, VP Scott, COO Tim and International Marketing Manager Ian recently traveled to Dortmund, Germany for the 2014 Inter-tabac trade show. XIKAR was thrilled to be one of 500 exhibitors from over 50 countries to proudly represent their brand at the largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories worldwide. 
The crew was also able to travel around Europe visiting several XIKAR retailers and international distributors. It was a joy to meet the hardworking individuals and tour the facilities that have played such huge role in XIKAR's substantial growth in the European market. Keep an eye out for more big things coming to this region!

Kurt with Dorothée, owner of La Civette du Cigare @ Palais Royale

Tim and Scott enjoy the view at Bischoff Golf Course

Sandro, Tim and Thorsten


X4L Hall of Fame

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.

Testimonial of the Month

"I never realized how much this lighter spoiled me until I was without it. I wasnt expecting much as the issues were obviously my fault. The replacement is very much appreciated and customer service is testament to these lighters being worth every penny."
         --Everett C. 
           Greenwood, IN

Share your own experience with the XIKAR Nation. Submit your testimonial here!

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