December 2013 Newsletter

XIKAR NATION Newsletter

December 2013

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Kurt's Corner
 
  Happy Holidays XIKAR Nation! It truly is the most wonderful
time of the year, and the season for giving. It's easy to get swept
up in the momentum of the holiday season with travel plans, gifts,
(getting and giving), but I'm asking you to take a step back with me
and think about those that have to be away from their loved
ones this season. 

    The US Armed Forces make up a large part of XIKAR Nation, and
we do our best to show how thankful we are for their sacrifice for
our country. Over the past 2 years, XIKAR has donated over 2,040
accessories in care packages.  We plan to expand that number in
2014. XIKAR will partner with Cigars for Warriors next year to send even more care packages.  Cigars for Warriors’ mission is to collect and disperse premium cigars to US Military Personnel stationed abroad. Their goal is to let the men and women of our Armed Forces enjoy well-deserved moments of reassurance and relaxation. 

    To kick off our relationship with Cigars for Warriors, we are currently auctioning off our 1,000th Fossil Mammoth Xi3 Cutter, with all of the proceeds going to Cigars For Warriors.

The Xi3 Mammoth cutter builds on XIKAR’s long history of design, elegance and engineered performance with unique handles assembled by Scrimshaw Artist, Rick “HutcH” Hutchings. The highest bidder will receive the one-of-a-kind cutter, free inscription from HutcH AND get inducted into the XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame. Please join me in showing our US armed forces some love this holiday season and visit the auction site to contribute before it closes this Friday! Also, if you know anyone currently stationed abroad, feel free to submit a care package request to ktroske@xikar.com. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season,


Kurt Van Keppel
President
XIKAR Inc.

1,000th Mammoth Xi3 cutter to be auctioned to benefit Cigars for Warriors


December 2012 Newsletter


December 2012
 

How to Cut with an Ultra Slim Cutter

 
XIKAR Co-Founder and CDO Scott Almsberger demonstrates how to properly cut a cigar
with an Ultra Slim cutter, a mere 3.5mm thick.

November 2012 Newsletter


November 2012
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     Sometimes (mostly at cocktail parties), someone will ask, “what's your (company) goal?” It makes me chuckle to hear it – reminds me of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I suppose the question really means, “how big do you want to be?” Unfortunately, I can’t answer that – I don’t set goals by an arbitrary figure that may sound impressive. Instead, I have set XIKAR’s goal to be about performance.

“Our goal is to be great at our mission, and achieve our potential through the highest capabilities of our people, enhancing and developing those along the way” 
 
     Performance means many things, for instance great function of high quality goods. It means creative innovation to answer the perennial question, “what’s new”. And, performance at XIKAR means providing extraordinary customer experience to both retailers and consumers. This is organizational performance, which we focus ourselves around and accomplish as a team.
     How then, do team members perform? What does it mean to our people every day? I love the Army’s slogan, Be All You Can Be! At XIKAR we work to develop strengths, and improve on our weaknesses. Back to the sports metaphor, the quarterback throws, the receivers catch, the blockers block. We don’t ask our team to do things that don’t suit them, and we don’t focus too much on improving their faults. Instead, we make sure they are in the right “position” and we ask them to build on their strengths.
      But it’s not enough to field a good team – if we don’t communicate the goals properly and regularly. And then, we must exercise the discipline to work them by priority, day by day, week, month, year. We take this work seriously and spend a lot of effort to plan the work and work the plan. In fact, we are right now finishing up the plan for 2013, and will begin to work the plan in January.
     We bring enthusiasm to our work, and look forward to presenting the results (cool new products!) But, we try not to take ourselves too seriously, by displaying humor and humility (interesting that both begin “hum”, like “human”). And at the end of the day, we give thanks for what we have, and what we did. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's what I am thankful for at XIKAR: my team, who works hard at improving themselves and the business every day, my partners, who take the risks with me and apply all of their strength to our goals, and especially my wife, who signed up to be my life partner and supported XIKAR all the way!

I wish you a peaceful, happy and safe holiday season,

 
Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
XIKAR, Inc.
New Hunter
Stratosphere Lighter!
     Fire up at any elevation! The popular XIKAR Stratosphere lighter is now available in a durable Hunter (green-colored) rubber body. This high altitude lighter works at up to 12,000 feet above sea level and is perfect for hunters with a handy lanyard, protective lid and windproof flame.

 

XIKAR U: How to cut your cigar with a Punch

     XIKAR President and Co Founder, Kurt Van Keppel demonstrates how to properly use a Punch to cut your cigar. View XIKAR’s three punches in 7, 9, and 11mm here.

If you are new to this hobby, you can visit TobacconistUniversity.com to learn how to properly cut, light, smoke or store your cigars. 
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Cooler Weather =
Watch your RH%

     The days are getting shorter, the mornings are a little more brisk and it's time to winterize those lawn mowers.  Have you been 'winterizing' your humidors?  Summer months allow us to get a little lax in how often we check our humidifiers because of all the humidity present in the environment.  Winter months, on the other hand, require a vigilant spirit to combat the moisture-sapping season ahead.  
     To fight the effects of forced-air heating and sub-zero temperatures, make sure you are educated about proper humidification.  While the two-way nature of XIKAR's humidity products is critical during the summer months to remove excess moisture, the large-volume and open-to-the-air attributes of XIKAR jars and humidifiers make them perfect for winter as well.  

  • Some humidification products work by waiting for moisture to be pulled through a paper and plastic membrane.  XIKAR jars and humidifiers allow our specially-mixed PG solution to replace that lost moisture directly into the air, preventing cigars from seeing a roller coaster of humidity levels.  
  • XIKAR jars and humidifiers are sized for your ease of use.  Why worry whether those thin envelopes of gel are dried up already when you can have a humidifier that can hold up to 4 ounces of PG solution that keeps on working?  When the fluid level does get low, just refill with our economical PG solution instead of throwing another humidifier away. 
Featured Product:
Ceramic Stair Step Ashtray
     From first light to the last ash, smoke in style with the XIKAR Stair Step Ashtray. This unique stair step notch design ensures that your freshly lit cigar doesn’t fall down into the ash prematurely, and that tasty smoke you burn down to the nub has a rightful place to breathe until the last puff.

     Perfect for the patio, smoking room or man cave! Fits 5 cigars and is available in white or black. 

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country for you to check out. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers.  
11/23 Emerson’s Cigars 
in Virginia Beach, VA 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

11/23 Cigar Warehouse
in Plano, TX 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


11/28 Goodfellas Cigar Lounge 
in Mahtomedi, MN 5-8 p.m.

11/29 Finck’s Cigar Company
in Helotes, TX 4-7 p.m.
11/30 Fufiokas Wine Times
in Honolulu, HI 6-9 p.m.
11/30 Liquid Smoke/The Humidor
in Murfreesboro, TN 4-8 p.m.
12/1 Stag Tobacconist
in Colorado Springs, CO 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
12/5 Metro Cigar
in Germantown, WI 4-8 p.m.
12/5 Tobacco Junction
in McGregor, TX 7-10 p.m.
12/6 Emerson’s Holiday Open House
Event in VA Beach, VA
12/6 Jerry’s Cigars
in Tucson, AZ 3-6 p.m.
12/7 Humidor Pipe Shop
in Huntsville, AL 1-6 p.m.
12/8 Cigar Studio “57”
in Cumming, GA 2-6 p.m.
12/8 Briar Shoppe
in Houston, TX 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
12/8 Cigar! Cigar! Christmas Party
in Sugarland, TX
12/11 John B. Hayes Tobacconist
in Fairfax, VA 5-8 p.m.
12/13 Emerson’s Cigars
in VA Beach, VA 12-8 p.m.
12/13 Grand River Cigar
in Grand Rapids, MI 4-8 p.m.
12/13 Finck’s Cigar Company
in San Antonio, TX 4-8 p.m.

12/14 The Cigar Shop
in Biloxi, MS 12-9 p.m.
12/14 Cigar Warehouse
in Plano, TX 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
12/14 Tobacco Plaza
in Great Neck, NY
12/15 CI Superstore Holiday Sale
in Bethlehem, PA
12/16 Tobacco Road
in Arlington, TX 12-4 p.m.
12/21 Don’s Cigars
in Phoenix, AZ 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
Happy Birthday Scott!
     XIKAR Co-Founder and CDO, Scott Almsberger celebrated his birthday at a Halloween-themed event in San Antonio, TX at Club Humidor. The turnout was awesome and they even surprised him with a XIKAR birthday cake. Thanks Club Humidor


Custom Travel Case for Rush Guitarist

     Below is a custom travel case we designed for Alex Lifeson, the guitarist for Rush. Alex had the travel case sitting on stage with him at the concert he played in New York City where Ron Melendi from De La Concha presented it to him.

Be a part of XIKAR Nation! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see daily updates of events, pictures and even weekly contests to win XIKAR swag! 

XIKAR PRODUCT REVIEWS
 
XIKAR Accessories by CigarBunch
Watch full review

Xi Cutters with Lighters Direct
Watch full review


Tech Lighters with Lighters Direct
Watch full review


Xi2 Cutter with The Cigar Crook
Watch full review

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.

XIKAR FOR LIFE HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
Carolee Martin
Fraser Monk
Jeff McDowell
Robbie Morton
Daniel Dwyer
Jay Bitzer
Michael “Moe” O’Donovan
 

Each year, four individuals are inducted into the XIKAR Hall of Fame. The next inductee will be announced in December. All retailers and consumers can submit their nominees to XIKAR at info@xikar.com

 

Manliest Meal Winner: 
Congratulations to the winner of an X8 Carbon Fiber Cutter, Russ Page! He sent in the manliest meal celebrating National Men Make Dinner Day on November 1st!
Here is Russ Page’s winning entry:
“Beef Stew? More like MEAT EXPLOSION!!! I have had this crock filled with the best potatoes, babiest of carrots, stalkiest of the celery, some of the rarest cuts of beef, and strips of smoked bacon. Did I mention I paired the beef with VENISON CHUNKS!?!? I did. That is not a regular sized spoon you see, it is Thor's Hammer melting into the stew after he was defeated by the overbearingly manly aroma that exudes from this primal crock. But seriously it’s delicious.”


Here are a couple other great entries...

James Miller

George Krichbaum Jr.

 
     Tis’ the season XIKAR Nation! Send us a picture of you getting into the holiday spirit to info@xikar.com. Dress up as Santa, cook up a storm, stand out in the snow (or under a mistletoe), give XIKAR as presents, etc. It doesn’t matter what holiday you are celebrating, the possibilities are endless so don’t be afraid to get creative!  Always remember, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate XIKAR into your entry (hint, hint). Our favorite entry will receive the perfect present of a 5ct Travel Case and red Executive II lighter. All entries must be submitted by December 19th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced December 20th in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.
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October 2012 Newsletter

 

 

October 2012
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     I wonder why Merriam-Webster struggled to define excellence:  “A quality of being excellent, eminently good, first-class, great worth, of exalted merit, a virtue.” Perhaps Webster didn’t play sports as a boy.
 
Sports act as life’s coach, teaching by example and training such important qualities as discipline, hard work, team work, persistence and of course success and failure.  We so celebrate sports teams and heroes for their excellence – that almost any fan could tell Webster what excellence looks like.
 
Sports also conditions and prepares us for the much harder work of the mind.  Excellence isn’t easy.  It isn’t lazy or complacent.  It isn’t “good enough”.  It requires all of the same attributes of the sports hero, but on the fields of our thoughts.  Excellence demands a high level of mastery over our minds -- that may be attuned to entertainment rather than prone to action.
 
I find it rewarding that like sports, life rewards effort, or the attempt at excellence.  “I've always tried to do my best on the ball field. I can't do any more than that. I always try to give one hundred percent; and if my team loses, I come back and give one hundred percent the next day.” Excellence in life is like that: “There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.”   
 
Here at XIKAR, we strive for and reward excellence.  I’ve just rewritten our Mission Statement to memorialize this: “XIKAR is an innovation company whose mission is to create innovative and excellent product combined with exceptional customer experience.  Our goal is to be great at our mission, and achieve our potential through the highest capabilities of our people, enhancing and developing those along the way.”  Thank you for supporting us in that!

 
Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
XIKAR, Inc.
New Room101 OSOK Xi1 cutter and EXII lighter!
     Room101 is the luxury lifestyle brand for those who demand quality with an edge. Together, XIKAR and Matt Booth demand quality and design and Matt’s Room101 Brand is now captured in an inspired collection with both style and Asian influence.

     OSOK which is short for “One Shot, One Kill”, is a collaboration between Matt Booth and photographer Edgar Hoill, who gets his nickname “One Shot One Kill” from his ability to capture breathtaking photographs with one “shot”. The OSOK EXII lighter is a single windproof flame design that makes this lighter the perfect cigar tool for any cigar enthusiast. The OSOK design gives this lighter the final creative touch, making it the perfect lighter to complement your classic OSOK Xi1 cutter.

 

XIKAR U: How to light your cigar with a Triple Jet Flame

     Sit down with XIKAR President and Co Founder, Kurt Van Keppel as he demonstrates how to properly light your cigar with a triple jet flame lighter without damaging your cigar.

If you are new to this hobby, you can visit TobacconistUniversity.com to learn how to properly cut, light, smoke or store your cigars. 
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Featured Product:
Ashtray Can
     Our Ashtray Can is the perfect cigar accessory for the smoker on the go. Its stainless steel construction fits into cup holders and consoles of most cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, golf carts, etc. The ring and spiral secure cigars and cigarettes with a deep reservoir for ashes. This handy accessory is complete with an easy slide-on lid keeping all ashes and odors contained.

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country this fall for you to check out. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers.  
10/25 Havana Jim in Allen, TX 5-8 p.m.

10/26 Cigar Time in Missouri, TX 6-9 p.m.
11/1 Club Humidor in San Antonio, TX 4-8 p.m.

11/3 Sabor-Havana Doral in Doral, FL 12 p.m.

11/3 CI- Hamburg new store opening
10 a.m.-10 p.m.


11/3 Gatlin-Burlier in Gatlinburg, TN 1-4 p.m.

11/7 Indy Cigar Bar in Indianapolis, IN
5-10 p.m.


11/10 Outlaw Cigar in Overland Park, KS
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
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11/13 Royal 10 Cigar & Tobacco in N. Royalton, OH 4-8 p.m.

11/16 Heroes and Legacies in Austin, TX 12- close

11/16 Allegheny Smoke Works in Blawnox, PA 4-8 p.m.

11/17 PJ’s Plus in Oxford, MS 5-10 p.m.

11/17 Finck Cigar Company in San Antonio, TX 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

11/17 Tobacco World in Marietta, GA 12-8 p.m.

11/23 Emerson’s Cigars in Virginia Beach, VA 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

11/28 Goodfellas Cigar Lounge in Mahtomedi, MN 5-8 p.m.
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XIKAR &
En Fuego Tobacco Shop raise Autism Awareness!
      Autism affects one out of every 88 children and continues to increase.  More children this year will be diagnosed with Autism than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases. These shocking statistics show that autism is an epidemic and needs continual awareness and support.

     En Fuego Tobacco Shop's Annual Golf Tournament raised over $24,000 for the nonPareil institute in 2011 and this year was also a huge success. "Though, there are still many questions not answered about this disability, our partnership with nonPareil has helped make great strides in taking kids that the world has written off and turning them into contributing members of society," Lee Moore, owner of En Fuego Tobacco Shop said.
      This year's tournament was held October 22, 2012 at El Dorado Country Club in McKinney, TX. A dinner was held Sunday night with a live auction and Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson as a special guest speaker. nonPareil put on an awesome presentation showcasing their students' outstanding work in game/video making. XIKAR was the title sponsor and also raised $700 with a "Beat the XIKAR Girl" promotion on hole 5 with Marketing Coordinator, Kaitlyn hitting shots against all of the guys. This organization is very close to XIKAR's heart so we ask that you join in the fight to help support, autism education, awareness, advocacy, research and most importantly, enable us to assist children and families living with autism. Check out Autism Speaks or Autism Society to get involved.



XIKAR Product Reviews

Ultra Lighter/Cutter Combo
by CI
Watch the review here

 


VX V-Cutter by Cigarapolis
Read review here

VX V-Cutter Thread on Cigar Geeks
Read thread here



Travel Case by Hemingway’s Foyer
Read review here

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.

XIKAR FOR LIFE HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
Carolee Martin
Fraser Monk
Jeff McDowell
Robbie Morton
Daniel Dwyer
Michael “Moe” O’Donovan
 

Each year, four individuals are inducted into the XIKAR Hall of Fame. The next inductee will be announced in December. All retailers and consumers can submit their nominees to XIKAR at info@xikar.com

To see all of the pictures from the En Fuego Golf Tournament benefitting the nonPareil Institute, go to our Facebook page. 
Oktoberfest Contest Winner: Congratulations to the winner of a Ultra lighter/cutter combo, Dave Richards! He had the best picture showing his Oktoberfest celebration incorporating XIKAR!  

Here are a couple other great entries...

     November has two very important holidays that need to be recognized—National Men Make Dinner Day on the 1st and National Sandwich Day on the 3rd (we did not make these up, people). Send us a picture of the ultimate manly sandwich/meal to info@xikar.com. Put on that masculine apron and smother everything in bacon!  Always remember, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate XIKAR into your entry (hint, hint). Our favorite entry will receive the X8 Carbon Fiber Cutter—tough enough to handle your 64 ring gauge sticks! All entries must be submitted by November 19th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced November 20th in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.

     Be a part of XIKAR Nation! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see daily updates of events, pictures and even weekly contests to win XIKAR swag! 

 

 
 





 

 
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PO Box 025757, Kansas City, MO 64102
info@xikar.com
866-676-7380

How to Light with a Triple Jet Flame Lighter

Do you prefer a single, double or triple jet flame when lighting up a stick? XIKAR President and Co-Founder Kurt Van Keppel demonstrates how to properly light a cigar with a triple jet flame lighter.

September 2012 Newsletter

 

September 2012
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Lifetime Warranty

     Recently I have been asked some about the meaning behind our lifetime guarantee. We sum it here by saying, "XIKAR For Life" (#X4L for you hashtag junkies). In fact, our mission statement, which I wrote in 1999, states:

As The Best Thing to Happen to Cigars Since Fire™, XIKAR, Inc. is dedicated to providing value to cigar consumers through unique, artful and functional cigar tools sold at a fair price. XIKAR will provide these products through honest and ergonomic design to achieve superior form, feel and function. XIKAR stands behind its products through a lifetime total satisfaction warranty. 

As our business grew, many asked me to further define "Lifetime Guarantee":
"Does it mean we can exchange over the counter?" "Yes."
"Does it mean we can return hassle-free?" "Yes."
"At no cost?" "Yes!"

     In fact, it means what it has always meant, that at XIKAR we guarantee everything we say, sell and do, unconditionally, for life. Anything less is not a lifetime guarantee. Anything less would not be "Lifetime" nor be a "Guarantee". Anything less would be a sales pitch!
     Why do we do this? We do this because we are concerned about our customers and consumers. We do this because we care about your experience with our products and our company. We do this because we want a lifetime relationship with you, and we believe that, like a marriage, it takes a commitment with a lot of work behind it. Ultimately, we do this because it's just who we are.
     I can't change who I am any more than I can change my height! And since Lifetime Guarantee is who I am, it is also who XIKAR is. I can't change it, I won't change it.
      This month we continue to show our new introductions from the August trade show. Enjoy them with full faith in their quality, and function, backed by a lifetime warranty!
 

Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
XIKAR, Inc.

XIKAR U: How to Cut with a V-Cut

August 2012 Newsletter


August 2012

Read more below about a chance to win $1,000 in cigars/merchandise in our first
XIKAR FOR LIFE Fantasy Football League! 
 
Kurt's Corner
Labor Day Message

     I like to say that a 'cigar makes a plumber and a president friends!'  That's because we have the relaxing enjoyment of a cigar in common - something to share and compare.  We all have something else in common - a job, which after food, shelter and security, may be our highest need, according to a new book by Gallup's CEO, Jim Clifton, called The Coming Jobs War.



     Clifton points to Gallup polling data to back his premise that the addition of good new jobs within the world's economic powers will be the battleground for economic gain vs. marginalization.  He suggests that Small Business, because of its capacity for entrepreneurship (and intrepreneurship) drives job growth worldwide.  (And, did you know that Small Business includes every cigar outlet, distributor and creator in the entire premium cigar industry?!) In sum, Clifton argues that through persistent pursuit of innovation, entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs will guarantee our future economic viability.



     And within entre(intra)preneurship, persistence pays off.  Of course I love Clifton's quote of Calvin Coolidge, "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence...talent will not...genius will not...education alone will not...Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."



     However, persistence alone won't suffice today.  That's because all business has a partner - the government, who can impede or foment business growth. Business needs our government's help, through proper regulation and taxation.  We also need our government to stand aside to allow this economic engine to rev to its maximum potential.




     So, on this Labor Day, relax with a good cigar and celebrate your job. Then celebrate your cigar, by joining the CRA to protect it from over-regulation and taxation.  Finally, protect your company, or the one you work for - and write your local, state and federal Congressman! Tell him to vote against excess regulation and taxation that hurts small business.

 
Kurt Van Keppel
President & Founder
XIKAR, Inc.
New Vitara, double flame lighter!
     Love our Element lighter? Then you have to check out our new double jet flame lighter, the Vitara. With a unique slide-action trigger, it features a built-in side 7mm punch, an oversized fuel adjustment wheel and an easy-view fuel window. Its body is slightly smaller than the Element and comes in 5 finishes including our new Pearl and G2 (gunmetal on gunmetal). 
  

 

New Habano² added to the HC Series!

      The Habano² is the fourth blend added to the HC Series collection of cigars produced by XIKAR. The Habano2 is a medium to full body cigar made utilizing Sumatran, Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco, all pulled together with a rich Habano2000 wrapper. It’s a rich, thick, deep, cigar with the flavor of roasted almonds, hints of spices, wood and nutmeg.  Additionally, this cigar is box-pressed which provides a fresh look and comfortable feel for a more enjoyable smoke.  This new blend will be offered in Robusto, Toro, Belicoso and Grande sizes.
      This new cigar blend was born from the travels and life experiences of XIKAR founders Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger.  As a part of building XIKAR, they have visited many countries and made many friends in the tobacco industry.  Among these journeys and friends they find treasures, and sometimes that treasure is planted not buried in the ground.  This Habano² is one of those treasures which they have brought back to share with the XIKAR Nation.
      “We are always hunting for treasures that we can share with our consumers,” said Kurt Van Keppel, XIKAR Founder and CEO.  He added “think of this as a souvenir that’s a lot more enjoyable than a T-shirt!” 

XIKAR U: How to Light with a Torch Flame

    Sit down with XIKAR President and Co-Founder Kurt Van Keppel as he demonstrates how to properly light a cigar with a torch flame. Watch Video

Featured Product: 744 Cigar Cut Knife
    Part knife, part cutter, all precision. A pocket knife, money clip and cigar cutter all in one! This unique knife is made with a long lasting AUS-8 stainless blade. The 744 Cigar Cut Knife very sharp and handy for the moment you forgot your cigar cutter.

Cigar Cutter- 48 ring gauge
Clip- Stainless
Lock- Frame lock

Upcoming XIKAR Events

     There are a lot of great events across the country this summer for you to check out. Here are a few coming up from our XIKAR retailers.  
8/21 City Place Cigars in Lynchburg, VA
8/22 
Havana Connections in Richmond, VA
8/23 Tobaccology in Manassa, VA
8/23 Heroes and Legacies in Lubbock, TX
8/24 
Outman Cigar and Martini Bar in Greenville, SC
8/24 Don’s Cigars in Phoenix, AZ
8/30 Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, TX
8/31 Havana Alley in Galveston, TX

9/6 Fidel’s in Kansas City, MO
9/6 Top Shelf Cigar & Tobacoo Shoppe in Martinez, GA
9/7 La Casa del Tobacco in Atlanta, GA
9/14 Peaceful Henry in Blufton, SC
9/14 Absolute Tobacco in Katy, TX
9/15 Outlaw Cigar South in Overland Park, KS

9/15 Club Humidor’s CIGARS and PARS Golf Tournament in San Antonio, TX
9/17 Cigars and Fine Spirits in Auburn, AL
9/20 Smoke Ring Cigars in Webster, TX
9/21 Humidour Cigar Shop in Cockeysville, MD
9/22 Cigar.com Gala and Fundraiser in Bethlehem, PA
9/22 R and R Cigars in Tuscaloosa, AL
9/22 Briar Shoppe in Houston, TX
9/28 Draper’s Little Puff in Washington DC
9/29 WiseAsh Cigars in Smyrna, GA
9/29 Monte’s Big Smoke in Albuquerque, NM
 

Tips for Lighting a Cigar

     Some basics do's and dont's of lighting a cigar from Tobacconist University if you are new to the hobby.
Do:
- Remove the cellophane and any cedar or ribbons around the foot of the cigar
- Cut the cigar properly
- If using a match, allow the sulfur/chemicals to burn off the match head before taking the flame to the tobacco.
- Hold the flame slightly off of the tobacco. Flame = 1/8 of an inch, Torch = ½ inch.
- Rotate the cigar to evenly light the foot.
- Puff on the cigar in order to draw the flame to the foot.
 
Don’t:
- Light or char the outside of the wrapper.
- Use a candle to light the cigar.
- Light the head. (Really?! Cut and draw from the head and light the foot.)
- Lick the cigar: that is disgusting to watch and unnecessary if the cigar is properly humidified. The habit of licking a cigar was popular in the early 1900’s when proper humidity was more uncommon: low humidity may cause a wrapper to unravel. This habit is especially unsanitary for someone who’s cutter you may by using. 

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Will you make the CUT?

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

     That’s right XIKAR Nation, you’re not dreaming-- XIKAR is going to have its first XIKAR FOR LIFE Fantasy Football league this season! This league will be run by our Chief Strategy Officer, Tim Webster, a 20 year veteran of Fantasy Football and determined to take home the title. And of course, XIKAR account manager Mike Stous will be assisting him as his assistant GM, Waterboy, Cigar Fetcher, etc.
     To be a part of our exclusive 12 team league, you must apply by sending your clever team name and verifiable profile of your Fantasy Football street-cred to
info@xikar.com by Thursday August 30th 11:59 p.m. CST. The brave teams that make the cut will be notified and announced across our social media on Friday, August 31st. (Note: Only those with thick skin should apply as mockery, banter and trash talking will be taking place with no mercy.)
 
The final winner of the XIKAR FOR LIFE league will win bragging rights, a spot in the XIKAR FOR LIFE Hall of Fame, a virtual high five and a mere $1,000 in cigars and merchandise. The first loser (2nd place) will win $500, while the 3rd place team receives $250. For the other 9 teams… well, better luck next year. 

Brief Overview of the X4L League

The league will be run on the ESPN Fantasy Football online software. Here are some highlights of the league rules/setup:
- Points per reception league
- 6 points for all Touchdowns
- Rosters include 16 players with no restrictions as to make up by position
- Starters will include: 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 flex (WR or TE), 1 kicker, 1 defense/special teams
- The draft will be held September 4th or 5th online. If you are unable to attend the draft, your team will be auto-selected by the ESPN software.
Once you have been selected as a member, we will give you access to the league on ESPN to get familiar with all of the rules/details. 

 

XIKAR Product Reviews
Habano² by Tiny Tim 
After cutting the cap, the test draw was effortless. Sometimes with box pressed cigars the draw can be tight but this cigar had a great draw.

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Habano² by Halfwheel
XIKAR says that the cigar was born as the result of the travels and life experiences of co-founders Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger.


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Habano² by The Cigar Crook
This beautiful box pressed cigar had a smooth dark chocolate wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins.


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Habano² by Seth's Humidor
As I begin the cigar, it starts off at a solid medium body level, and it is producing tons of smoke.


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Habano² by Scott Smyth
Initial lighting taste- A woody mineral taste with spice.


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Habano² by The Cigar Inspector
On all three samples, both the draw and the burn were as close to perfection as you can get.

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Habano² by The Ash Report
The initial taste is a woodsy spice with hints of nutmeg at the back of the pallet.

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Dog Days of Summer Winner: Hope you’re staying cool in these dog days of summer and we enjoyed all of the entries in our dog picture contest! Congratulations to the winner of a Stratosphere lighter and Ashtray Can, Jeremy Bloom and Charlie! He had the best picture of his canine friend incorporating XIKAR!

Here are a couple other great entries...
     
     He could... go... all... the... way! Send us a picture showing your team pride to info@xikar.com. Whether it’s a tailgate party or body paint, always remember, it doesn’t hurt to incorporate XIKAR into your entry (hint, hint). Our favorite entry will receive a 5ct Travel Humidor and an Xi1 in one of your team’s colors. All entries must be submitted by September 19th 11:59 p.m. CST. The winner will be announced September 20th in our next newsletter and on Facebook/Twitter.
Are you connected? Get your daily dose of XIKAR on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blog. Be sure to check out our new Facebook tabs, "Kurt's Corner" and "Smoking with Scott" to get the latest news and innovations straight from XIKAR's two founders. 
 
 
 
 

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