April 2012 Newsletter

 
XIKAR April 2012
Kurt's CornerKurtsCorner

 
Dear XIKAR Customers and Friends:
 
        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. April is Autism Awareness month so what better time to spread the word of how to help.

        Autism Awareness  holds a special place in my heart as my best friend from college has an autistic son that is now 20 years old. I have seen first hand the difficulties and challenges she has had to endure and continues to face with this disorder. Her situation sparked a fire in me years ago to do all I can to help raise awareness.

        XIKAR has been teaming up with En Fuego Tobacco Shop in Rockwell, TX to host an Annual Golf Tournament benefiting Autism. This annual tournament is held to raise awareness and funding for nonPareil ("no two are alike") Institute in Plano, TX. This is a nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to providing technical training to students who have been diagnosed with autism. The programs are technology based and prepare individuals for the possibility to enter into employment at some point in their future. They learn teamwork, create a sense of community, and achieve fulfilled lives. En Fuego Tobacco Shop's Annual Golf Tournament raised over $24,000 for the nonPareil institute last year. "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.

 

       Your support is needed NOW. 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Kurt Van Keppel

President & Founder

XIKAR, Inc. 

March 2012 Newsletter

XIKAR March 2012
Kurt's CornerKurtsCorner

 
Dear XIKAR Customers and Friends:

            H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 is the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act. This is a proposed amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act clarifies the Food and Drug Administration's jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, which currently affects the manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.

            This is a serious issue that could dramatically affect the cigar community in many negative ways.  Some possible examples are: no more walk in humidors (Canadian model); limits on advertising and promotions; bans on the very word cigar or tobacco; Manufacturer submission of blends to FDA for "testing." Before heading to your local shop - imagine the impact on premium cigar makers including limited new product introductions; price increases and possible end to boutique manufacturing.

         

         As a member of the advisory board of IPCPR, our industry's trade association, I have taken action. Along with other members of the board of the IPCPR, I traveled to Washington D.C. on February 10th to stump the hill. We split into squads of four and visited our representatives and senators at the Capitol. In our effort, my squad visited California Rep. Sam Far, New York Rep. Peter King, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw and many more. I even had the privilege to smoke a cigar with our Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder while overlooking the beautiful National Mall lit up at night. What an unforgettable experience!

XIKAR Ashtray Can Featured On Cigar Aficionado Homepage

Screen shot of Cigar Aficionado.com Ashtray can featureTrying to keep your cigar burning evenly while rolling down the highway is not easy. Holding it out the window has a horrible effect on the burn, and everyone knows that the second you bring it inside the cabin, that’s when the ash is going to fall, right in your lap. But Xikar has come up with a quick fix for your automotive smoking needs with a cupholder-sized mini ashtray.

>> Read full story at Cigar Aficionado.com

HC Series Salomon Limitado Reviewed by Seth's Humidor

I am going to skip formal introductions with this cigar and get right to it. For the past couple months I have been smoking my way through the XIKAR HC Series Salomon Limitado cigars that I have, and I have been finding that I am enjoying the cigar more and more. Does this have to with how I have stored these cigars? Maybe, maybe not, but I will say that they have been getting better and better.
HC Series Salomon Limitado
>> Read the full review here

February 2012 Newsletter

XIKAR February 2012
Kurt's CornerKurtsCorner

 
Dear XIKAR Customers and Friends:


      We are thrilled for 2012 to be a celebration of XIKAR Nation! Events, contests and awards will highlight our community of enthusiasts

 throughout the year and in this month's newsletter, you can learn about becoming a part of it.

 

      XIKAR Nation is more than just a group of our consumers. This is a group of aficionados dedicated to a lifestyle with extraordinary experience in every smoke. XIKAR Nation has become an elite assembly of cigar enthusiasts that we are extremely proud to have represent our company all around the world.

XIKAR Interview by Cigar Press Magazine

XIKAR President Kurt Van Keppel and Vice President Scott AlmsbergerThor Nielsen of Cigar Press Magazine interviews XIKAR's founding partners Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger for the 2011 Vol V Issue I Edition.

>> Read full interview

Ashtray Can Featured in Cigar Detroit

XIKAR Ashtray Can

We just picked up the Xikar Ashtray Can.  This item was introduced in 2011 and as we are in the midst of our second winter since the smoking ban, we felt it was time to have a proper ash solution when smoking in the car.  It fits stably in your car’s cup holder allowing you to smoke in your car and more efficiently store your ashes vs. trying to flick them out the window at 70 mph. Read full review

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Gear Feature

Stratosphere Lighter Reviewed by Truly GC

holding blue Stratosphere lighterThe Stratosphere lighter from Xikar takes quality lighters to a new level, that level being a great lighter for anyone who loves the outdoors but does not want to take an elegant lighter to the woods. The Stratosphere has a protective rubber body that stands up to those hunting trips, hiking trails, or if you work in construction, it can take the hard work you go through each day.

>> Continue reading on TrulyGC.com

Habano Colorado Grande Review by Seth's Humidor

... for this review I went with the Habano Colorado version, and what a great version it is. The wrapper is Colorado in coloring, and is grown in the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. Underneath that is a Nicaraguan binder from Esteli, and then the filler is composed of tobacco from Costa Rica, Honduras, and the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. Jesus Fuego is one of those manufacturers who gets creative with his use of tobacco, and this cigar definitely shows that with Costa Rican fillers.
Read the full review here

XIKAR VX Cutter Reviewed by Stogie Guys

I have been a fan of V-cutters and punches since I started smoking cigars. All that talk about making sure your guillotine didn’t slice off too much of the cap and cause the wrapper to unravel made me nervous. At least that was one worry I could eliminate.

Even now that I think I have enough skill to clip the head without inflicting undue damage, I still like the V-cut. It opens up the cigar but maintains its integrity and shape. But I’d never had a good V-cutter. Until recently...

>> Continue reading on StogieGuys.com

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