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October,
2005

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

Fuente Music CD from Prometheus
Continuing the company's tradition of producing and distributing exclusive products in cooperation with the Fuente family, Prometheus International, Inc. is introducing Journey to Chateau de la Fuente, a music CD containing 16 original songs composed and performed by acclaimed Cuban-born jazz artist Arturo Sandoval.

The CD is accompanied by a photo essay book containing 25 photographs of Chateau de la Fuente - the tobacco plantation in the Dominican Republic where the wrapper leaves for the Fuente Fuente Opus X are grown - and an essay by cigar journalist Richard Carleton Hacker. Three rare Opus X cigars, packaged in crystal tubes with a second cigar band signifying the year of their release, will also be included in each gift set.

A total of 10,000 CD gift sets will be released: 5,000 of Gift Set #1 (Fuente Fuente Opus X BBMF, Forbidden X Lancero, and Reserva de Chateau) and 5,000 of Gift Set #2 (FFOX Royal 8, Forbidden X Lancero, and Reserva de Chateau).

Prometheus International, Inc., Commerce, Calif., Tel: (323) 869-9200, Fax: (323) 869-9288, Web: www.prometheuskkp.com.


Close Call Elixir Promises Fresh Breath "On the Go"
Close Call is a unique new breath drink that removes germs and bacteria that cause bad breath in the oral cavity, throat, upper respiratory tract, and stomach. Unlike many mouthwash products, Close Call contains no super-mentholated chemicals or alcohols that temporarily mask odors like garlic, onion, tobacco and alcohol. Instead, it is a unique combination of hydrogen and copper sulfate that has been clinically proven to eliminate bad breath by inhibiting the microbes and bacteria that cause it. The FDA recognizes all its ingredients as GRAS (generally regarded as safe), and it has a pleasant, light citrus-and-spice flavor. Since users swallow Close Call after swishing it in their mouth, rather than spitting, it is ideal to freshen breath at any time of day, particularly during the workday or an evening out.

Tasker Beverage Corp., Danbury, Conn., Tel: (704) 365-3704, Fax: (704) 365-3704, Web: www.close-call.info.


Wide-Mouth Candles from Candle Chateau
The Candle Chateau has introduced a new wide-jar format for its Smoke-n-Odor Eliminator Candle line. The 100% lead-free candles, presented in 13-oz. wide-mouth glass jars with screw-top lids, destroy smoke, cigar, pet, cooking, and other odors. The line is offered in 24 different scents in addition to a scent-free Smoke Eliminator, and all the candles have a 90- to 110-hour burn time. A new counter display unit holds 12 candles. Suggested retail price, $6.99.

The Candle Chateau, Winston-Salem, N.C., Toll-free: (866) 506-6860, Tel: (336) 765-8177, Web: www.CandleChateau.com.


Xikar Introduces Innovative Humidors
Xikar has added two new humidors to its growing line of cigar smokers' accessories - one for travel, one for office desktop or dresser - suited to gentlemen on the go.

The Desktop Organizer/Humidor, lined with cedar and sporting a matte black lacquer finished case, features a humidor that holds up to ten 6 x 50 cigars, safely positioned under a removable tray organizer that can hold a wallet, keys, lighters, or other accessories. A push-button lock secures the case.

The Travel Organizer/Humidor has a top-grain armada leather case with contrast stitching, and a Spanish cedar-lined humidor in the lid. The bottom compartment is a velvet-lined organizer for travel essentials. A magnetic snap-lock secures the valuables inside and the humidor keeps 12 6 x 50 cigars fresh and protected on a trip. Both items have a suggested retail of $79.99.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., Toll-free: (888) 266-1193, Web: www.xikar.com.


Smoke Screen Gum for Smoker's Breath
Inhale Solutions, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of lifestyle enhancement products, is rolling out the first Xylitol-based chewing gum specifically formulated to combat smoker's breath.

ElimiTaste Smoke Screen Insane MaxxMint is an advanced sugar-free and aspartame-free gum that combines mint flavor crystals with Xylitol, an all-natural sugar substitute, to neutralize the aftertaste from smoking cigars, pipes, and cigarettes. Endorsed by the American Dental Association, Xylitol is becoming the premier sweetener for high-end sugar-free confections, due to its ability to prevent cavities and inhibit the growth of harmful, odor-causing mouth bacteria. Smoke Screen Insane MaxxMint is a pellet gum offered in 12/12-piece single pack cases with a suggested retail of $.99 to $1.49 per pack. The product's nationwide launch will be supported by a public relations/advertising campaign in the summer and fall of 2005.

Inhale Solutions, Las Vegas, Nev., Tel: (866) 700-2899, Web: www.elimitaste.com.


Vintage Vegas Poker Cocktail Set
Musician and cocktailware designer Daniel Justin Chase has released the new Vegas-themed High Rollor cocktail glassware set. Chase, a respected "mixologist" who bartended in high-end San Francisco establishments for over a decade, embedded individually-designed poker chip designs into the thick, glass bases of each of the set's four sleek rocks glasses. Also included is Chase's brand-new, signature "Deck O' Cocktails" - a regulation deck of playing cards containing 51 cocktail recipes (five are classic American cocktails, and the other 46 are Chase exclusives). A gift box features a fabulously huge stack of vintage-inspired poker chips. The set has a suggested retail price of $45; the set of four glasses and cards are also sold separately, retailing for $32, and $6, respectively. Keystone pricing for all wholesale orders.

Cork Pops, Inc., Novato, Calif., Tel: (800) 322-6757, Fax: (415) 884-3600, Web: www.corkpops.com.


Zippo Lighter and Watch Gift Sets
Zippo offers its classic brushed chrome windproof lighter paired with one of two different Zippo-branded watches presented together in a gift box set. A silver-faced watch is water resistant to 100 meters and features a black leather band and long-life lithium battery ($129 suggested retail). A stainless steel chronograph watch with black faceplate (pictured) is water resistant to 200 meters, includes a one-fifth second chronograph, stainless steel bracelet band, yellow Z second hand, and operates on a standard watch battery ($199 retail).

Zippo Manufacturing Co., Bradford, Pa., Tel: (814) 368-2700, www.zippo.com.


Heirloom Collection Humidors New from Don Salvatore
The new Don Salvatore Heirloom Collection is the company's finest example of humidor craftsmanship to date. Each piece is manufactured using a solid mahogany core and the finest exotic wood veneers. The humidors are constructed with unique dovetail joinery. The lacquer finish is a full 1/16" thick; the humidor walls are 7/8" thick and encased with fragrant Spanish cedar. The Santiago (Camphor Burl; 60 capacity), Santo Domingo (Camphor Burl; 30 capacity), Sumatra (Zebrawood; 30 capacity), and Cameroon (Zebrawood; 60 capacity) feature rounded corners with a solid wood decorative inlay. A high-tech Carbon Fiber model is also available in 60 capacity and 100 capacity models. The seal is the heart of the humidor.

All Don Salvatore Heirloom Collection humidors are sealed perfectly to keep cigars in pristine condition. Each humidor is equipped with a state-of-the-art humidification system including a premium grade humistat with a magnetic back - hidden behind the inside of the solid Spanish cedar covered lid for a cleaner look - and a highly accurate digital hygrometer/thermometer.

Don Salvatore, Chicago, Ill., Tel: (312) 733-6400, Toll-free (800) 886-8688, Web: www.donsalvatore.net.



SMOKESHOP - October, 2005