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December,
2008

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

Humidifresh Cabinet Humidifier from American Cigar

Ideal for regulating humidity in retail-sized cigar display cases, the Humidifresh Cabinet Humidifier from American Cigar Accessories was designed to save space, measuring only 13 x 7 x 8 inches. It features a one-gallon reservoir, balanced air-flow (105 cu. ft. per minute), and can maintain humidity in an environment up to 50 cu. ft., with digital control upgrade at no additional charge, says the manufacturer. All it needs to work is a power supply and plain water, although distilled water is highly recommended.

American Cigar Accessories, Toll-free: (800) 416-3611, Web: www.amhumidifiers.com.


Djeep Releases New Lighter Series

The new Marilyn Monroe Collectors’ Series from Djeep features four different full-color photos from the 1950s and is available in both a 36-count three-tier display as well as a 24-count upright display.

Djeeps’s Arturo Fuente Heritage series contains three classic designs which includes the original A. Fuente heraldry as well as the A. Fuente cigar crest on either a white or black background. The Arturo Fuente Heritage Series is also available in a 36-count three-tier display.

Finally, the Red Leather Collection features designs from European heraldry which have been updated with a modern feel. After several weeks of use, these comfortable-to-hold lighters develop a stylish, deep patina. The Red Leather Collection is available in 24-count upright displays.

All of these lighters feature adjustable flames, oversized wind guards, and extra large thumb plates.

Kretek International, Moorepark, Calif., Toll-free: (800) 358-8100, Email: salesinfo@kretek.com, Web: www.kretek.com.


Diamond Crown’s Improved Humi-System

Diamond Crown International has just introduced its reengineered humidification system, called the Humi-System. Using the same “internally evaporative” humidifying media that made the Humi-System a success, it now includes stylish packaging as well as value-added features.

The Humi-System’s reservoir has been made larger, features a sliding aluminum vent for quick adjustments, and the hygrometer that the Humi-System uses includes sleek, low profile design, internal microprocessors, an easy-to-read LCD screen that can change between Fahrenheit and Celsius with ease, and a larger reservoir with a translucent front to monitor water levels without guesswork.

J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Tampa, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 477-1884, Fax: (813) 247-2135.


Disposable Fuel Tank at Heart of Colibri’s Reload Lighter

Reload is a lighter by Colibri that is designed with a disposable fuel tank to eliminate the hassle, mess, and potential problems associated with the refilling process,” said the manufacturer. The Reload retails at $49.95 and features a wind resistant jet flame, a fuel-level window, flame adjuster, single-action ignition, double anodized finish, and has been altitude tested to be effective up to 10,000 feet. It is available in Black, Gunmetal, Light Gunmetal, and Silver finishes.

For effective in-store merchandising, Colibri also offers the Reload Center, a unit that holds not only the lighters, but three-pack fuel tank replacements ($7.49 each) for easy shopping. The Reload Center is offered as a 32-piece assortment that includes 32 lighters, 18 fuel tank three-packs, a counter card, a window sticker, and a floor display.

The Colibri Group, East Providence, R.I., Toll-free: (800) 556-7354, Email: customerservice@colibri.com, Web: www.thecolibrigroup.com.


Push-Button Calibrating Hygrometer from Xikar

Xikar has recently introduced the Xikar Digital Hygrometer which, according to the manufacturer, accurately reports humidity to ±2 percent at 70 percent RH and temperature to 1 degree fahrenheit or celsius. Users simply push and hold a button for five seconds, and the hygrometer self-calibrates.

Available in both round and rectangular designs, the device can also be calibrated using the standard salt test method, and comes with instructions on how to do so), and easily reset at any time.

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


Felipe Gregorio Blends Coffee

Felipe Gregorio, maker of fine cigars, has recently introduced a line of five coffees blended from slow roasted South and Central American beans and offered in 16 oz. packages.

Café Extremo Sol del Mañana features Colombian, Honduran, and Guatemalan Arabica beans and is described as having “a rich aroma reminiscent of citrus fruits and flavor that hints of caramel and apricot,” and is called firm of character by the manufacturer.

Café Extremo Nueces Salvaje, a blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican, and Colombian Arabica beans, is a complex, dark roasted blend with a “hazelnut aroma,” and “hints of plum and allspice” in its finish.

Hacienda Felipe uses sun-dried and dark-roasted Costa Rican, Colombian, Nicaraguan, and Guatemalan beans for a blend targeted to coffee connoisseurs “with a penchant for perfection,” said to have hints of cocoa and grapefruit.

Maduro Fuerte blends slow-roasted Arabica and Robusto beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Kenya to achieve a “creamy flavor and full body of Espresso,” and is recommended for both espressos and cappuccinos.

Finally, Vanilla Selvaje is a blend of dark roasted Arabica beans from Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, with a “clean taste hinting of vanilla and clove.”

Felipe Gregorio, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 336-1181, Fax: (305) 455-4745, Email: hcalderon@felipegregorio.com, Web: www.felipegregorio.com.


Montecristo Signature Accessories from Altadis

Altadis U.S.A. has released a new lighter, stainless steel cigar cutter, and crystal ashtray all under the Montecristo Signature series. Handcrafted from solid copper with palladium plating and an elegant, glossy finish, the limited edition Montecristo Signature Lighter ($500 retail), is available in black lacquer, palladium, or yellow lacquer finishes. The Montecristo Signature Cutter is crafted from fine Japanese steel and accommodates cigars up to 60 ring gauge, $49.95 retail. Both the lighters and cutter come with a handcrafted leather carrying cases. Finally, the Montecristo Signature Crystal Ashtray is crafted from the finest lead crystal and features broad troughs to accommodate even the largest gauge cigars, $75 retail. All items prominently showcase the Montecristo emblem.

Altadis U.S.A., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Tel: (954) 938-7837, Email: jrosenfeld@altadisusa.com, Web: www.altadisusa.com.


Finest Swiss Chocolate Matched for Cigars from The House of Grauer

“The pleasure of smoking should not be limited to the universe of cigars,” according to Geneva-based chocolatier House of Grauer, so the company decided to make top-quality Swiss chocolates to compliment their favorite cigars. These chocolates bridge the gap between “two of the most delicious products known to man: the cocoa bean and the tobacco leaf,” according to Grauer House. There are three different lines available: the Leaf line ($125 for 24 pieces), the Stick line ($175 for 48 pieces), and the Ring line ($135 for 72 pieces). Mixed Collections are also available in Magnum ($275 for 104 pieces), Regular ($180 for 54 pieces), and Petite ($65 for 14 pieces). Each line contains from four to 14 different types of chocolate, and Grauer House includes a recommendation for the proper style of cigar that would best compliment the chocolate - or vice versa. The Italian Roasted Hazelnut chocolate should be paired with a medium-bodied cigar, preferably with woody flavors, for example. Chocolates are shipped direct from Switzerland, packed in dry ice.

La Maison du Xocolatl SA, Switzerland, Tel: +41 22-776-39-65, Fax: +41 22-776-39-64, Email: info@grauerchocolates.com, Web: www.grauerchocolates.com.


SMOKESHOP - December, 2008