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April,
2008

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

Xikar’s In-line Triple Jet Trezo

Xikar has introduced Trezo, the first and only commercially available in-line triple jet flame lighter. Featuring a revolutionary new design that places two outer jet flames at an eight-degree angle inwards, the heat source is concentrated at the perfect point above the flames. The result is a good clean light regardless of the size of the cigar or lighting condition. A flip-top cap protects the three ignition jets, a large fuel window allows visual monitoring of the oversize tank, and a large fuel adjustment wheel ensures precise flame size control. Trezo is available in gold, black, chrome, or gunmetal accents.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Tel: (816) 474-7555, Email: info@xikar.com, Web: www.xikar.com.


Aksent Humidor Collection

Quality Importers has introduced the limited production Aksent Humidor Collection, nine unique new humidor designs featuring breakthrough realistic high resolution textured images (shown is the 100-count Fumare, $200 retail). Each of these top-quality units feature solid wood construction, quadrant piano hinges, Spanish cedar interiors with lift-out trays and dividers, humidifiers, and glass hygrometers. Models range from 25 to 125-cigar capacities, with some featuring lock and key and glass tops, suggested retail prices from $100 to $200.

Quality Importers Trading Company, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tel: (954) 602-5637, Fax: (954) 602-5638, Email: sales@qualityimporters.com, Web: www.qualityimporters.com.


Classic Swan Vesta Wooden Cigar Matches Return to U.S. Market

Mitchell Thomas Trading Co., which offers a complete line of smoking accessories, has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer for Swan Vesta matches. Manufactured for over 100 years, Swan Vesta continue to be a leader in the match industry and a favorite of cigar enthusiasts - these wood cigar matches are 4" long and have a sulfur-free head, ideally for lighting fine cigars. Each pack contains approximately 45 matches and are packed 48/45’s per carton ($60.00 wholesale per carton) with a suggested retail of $2.50 per pack.

Mitchell Thomas Trading Co., Carrollton, Texas, Toll-free: (877) 869-4557, Web: www.mitchellthomastrading.com.


Champearl Champagne Joins Black Pearl Lifestyle Portfolio

Black Pearl, Burlwood Group’s collection of award-winning premium cigars, gourmet coffees, and wines, has added a champagne called “Champearl” to its Black Pearl Lifestyle portfolio. Champearl is a 2001 harvest North Coast California Brut, described by Burlwood as “golden, lean, and totally dry” working elegantly with “smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, prosciutto, and more.” Champearl joins the Black Pearl Rojo (Cabernet), Cobre (Chardonnay), and Morado, (a blended Cabernet and Merlot). Currently available from the Black Pearl website, it retails at $78 for a three-bottle pack, $144 a half-case, and $288 for a full case. Champearl arrives on wine retailer's shelves in August.

Burlwood Group, Port Hueneme, Calif., Tel: (805) 985-9085, Web: www.BlackPearlCigar.com.


Decorative New Canimao Leather “Cigar Case” Humidors

Hand-crafted and cedar lined, new Canimao-branded leather case-style humidors are both luxurious and practical, assuring that the aroma of stored cigars is maintained and deepened. Featuring a hygrometer to easily monitor internal humidity, the humidor stores cigars upright and are offered in two styles - an oval-shaped 25-count model ($80 suggested retail) or a triangular-shaped 50-count unit ($90 retail). Both models lend a decorative accent and touch of class to any room it finds itself in, from home bars, smoking rooms, or office.

Atabey, Inc., Miami Fla., Tel/Fax: (305) 487-6792, Web: www.CanimaoCigars.com.


Andre Garcia 10-Finger Pack & Go Leather Case

Abhik Roy, a Calcautta, India-based leather craftsman, has been expanding his Andre Garcia cigar case line with many new models, but the new 10-finger Caramel Latte Pack & Go model has been a big hit in particular in European markets. Featuring a fully cedar-lined interior with a collapsible separator, alligator-pattern leather exterior, and a zipper-top with buffalo horn accent, the case also features a separate zippered compartment on the bottom to carry a cutter and lighter, making this case the perfect travel solution. The cases can be customized to any length and ring gauge. Suggested retail price for a 10-finger model $189.99; the manufacturer also offers traditional (non-laser) initial embossing for $35.00.

Ash Burn LLC, Nashua, N.H., Tel: (978) 726-7606, E-mail: enquiry@andregarciacases.com; Web: www.andregarciacases.com.


Optima Precision Humidity Regulator from Prometheus

Typical “sponge” humidifiers release water rapidly causing humidity levels to rise instantly and then fall just as rapidly once stored water has been depleted. Such abrupt humidity change is damaging to fine cigars. But French-made Optima Humidifiers from Prometheus provide peace of mind by maintaining the ideal cigar storage environment, releasing water only if the relative humidity falls below 70%. Once the humidor reaches 70% RH, the unit stops releasing water. Optima comes pretreated with Prometheus special care solution and sealed so they are ready for immediate use; simply apply distilled water once a month and Prometheus Special Care Solution every six months. Mounting magnets are provided.

Prometheus International, Inc., Bell, Calif., Tel: (800) 229-5233, Tel: (323) 261-7200; Web: www.prometheuskkp.com.


Lost Art Collection Crystal Ashtrays from Drew Estate

Nicaraguan cigar maker Drew Estate takes art and design very seriously: It operates a complete 30-person graphics studio and silk screen shop at its Esteli cigar factory. The company’s new Lost Art Collection of crystal ashtrays are emblematic of the company’s fascination with traditional themes, paying tribute to the vintage designs and motifs of classic cigar box art, rings, and cigar-chomping power-brokers. Seven designs are offered, in rectangular 6 x 4 inch ($49.95 suggested retail) and circular 6-inch ($65.00 retail) models.

Drew Estate, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 224-6376, Tel: (786) 581-1800, Fax: (786) 581-1810, Web: www.drewestate.com.


SMOKESHOP - April, 2008