Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
“Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer”
A digital hygrometer is one product which you should definitely own if your thinking about storing cigars. This hygrometer features a calibration button so you can re-calibrate the hygrometer with a salt test. I performed the salt test and came to the conclusion that this product was perfectly calibrated right out of the box. Its always a good idea to do the salt test just in case. Beside the “Calibrate” button, there is a “C/F” button, which is used to change the temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit or viceversa. Another great feature of this product is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 10 seconds. This feature will keep the users mind at ease knowing that the exact humidity and temperature reading will always be recent and precise. As a matter of fact, the time it took me to move my humidor to a proper area for picture’s, the temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the area where I was shooting. I always keep my cigars at a minimum 65 degrees or maximum 70 degrees. The back of the hygrometer has a magnet for easy placement in your humidor. For the past two months, i’ve been using this hygrometer with my crystal 50 humidifier for the past two months and i couldn’t be happier. If my statements don’t convince you, keep in mind this hyrgometer has a lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

“Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer”

A digital hygrometer is one product which you should definitely own if your thinking about storing cigars. This hygrometer features a calibration button so you can re-calibrate the hygrometer with a salt test. I performed the salt test and came to the conclusion that this product was perfectly calibrated right out of the box. Its always a good idea to do the salt test just in case. Beside the “Calibrate” button, there is a “C/F” button, which is used to change the temperature reading from Celsius to Fahrenheit or viceversa. Another great feature of this product is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 10 seconds. This feature will keep the users mind at ease knowing that the exact humidity and temperature reading will always be recent and precise. As a matter of fact, the time it took me to move my humidor to a proper area for picture’s, the temperature was 74 degrees Fahrenheit in the area where I was shooting. I always keep my cigars at a minimum 65 degrees or maximum 70 degrees. The back of the hygrometer has a magnet for easy placement in your humidor. For the past two months, i’ve been using this hygrometer with my crystal 50 humidifier for the past two months and i couldn’t be happier. If my statements don’t convince you, keep in mind this hyrgometer has a lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier" & "Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer"
I will be doing a double accessory review today due to the fact that these products go hand in hand. I’ll start with the Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier. The design of this humidifier is very sleek and well thought out. The Crystal 50 is the shape of a hockey puck and features a magnet on the back for easy placement anywhere in your humidor. On the front of the humidifier, you will notice holes in the plastic to release the humidity. Just under the plastic front, you will also notice a metal mesh to keep the crystals from falling from the humidifier. The Crystals themselves are made up of a special polymer gel which allows the crystals to hold up to 450 times their weight in PG soloution. You simply lay the humidifier on a flat surface and pour Xikar PG solution through the holes on top and stop when your level with the metal mesh. Wait thirty minutes and you will notice that the crystals absorbed all the fluid and your ready to place it in your humidor! Once the crystals shrink to half the size, you just add more PG solution! It’s that Simple! I’ve been using this product for a solid two months in one of my 50 count humidors which I use for my private stash and I would not have it any other way! When used with the Xikar PG solution, this humidifier will maintain a perfect 70% humidity. Not only will it give off humidity, but it will also absorb it if needed. If you are the kind of person who would like to have the peace of mind knowing that your cigars are kept in the best state possible, then you need to try this product! I’ve used all kinds of humidifiers and PG solutions but none are on the same level as Xikar! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier" & "Xikar Round Digital Hyrgometer"

I will be doing a double accessory review today due to the fact that these products go hand in hand. I’ll start with the Xikar Crystal 50 Humidifier. The design of this humidifier is very sleek and well thought out. The Crystal 50 is the shape of a hockey puck and features a magnet on the back for easy placement anywhere in your humidor. On the front of the humidifier, you will notice holes in the plastic to release the humidity. Just under the plastic front, you will also notice a metal mesh to keep the crystals from falling from the humidifier. The Crystals themselves are made up of a special polymer gel which allows the crystals to hold up to 450 times their weight in PG soloution. You simply lay the humidifier on a flat surface and pour Xikar PG solution through the holes on top and stop when your level with the metal mesh. Wait thirty minutes and you will notice that the crystals absorbed all the fluid and your ready to place it in your humidor! Once the crystals shrink to half the size, you just add more PG solution! It’s that Simple! I’ve been using this product for a solid two months in one of my 50 count humidors which I use for my private stash and I would not have it any other way! When used with the Xikar PG solution, this humidifier will maintain a perfect 70% humidity. Not only will it give off humidity, but it will also absorb it if needed. If you are the kind of person who would like to have the peace of mind knowing that your cigars are kept in the best state possible, then you need to try this product! I’ve used all kinds of humidifiers and PG solutions but none are on the same level as Xikar! Stay Toasting!

Saturday, August 4, 2012
"HC Series Habano2" Robusto (5x50)  CC Rating:94
This beautiful box pressed cigar had a smooth dark chocolate wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty sweet tobacco with chocolate and faint pepper notes. The ash was a very nice white color and stacked wonderfully. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick, never needing a second thought. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, providing tons of thick and rich medium-full bodied smoke.The first third was providing flavors of sweet tobacco and faint chocolate and pepper notes on the draw with a woody character mixing with caramel on the finish. The smoke from this stick was very creamy and smooth. A very well blended cigar. The second third consisted of sweet caramel and tobacco notes with faint wood, pepper and nutty notes on the draw, with the finish consisting of that great smooth and creamy pepper and wood flavor. This cigar has a wonderful aged flavor to its profile. The aroma coming off of the foot had a slightly floral and chocolate aroma which was very pleasant. The box press that Xikar decided to go with was a very nice shape and felt very nice in the mouth. The final third continued with amazing smoothness in its flavor profile. The draw consisted of creamy caramel and chocolate notes and the finish was showing flavors of creamy coffee and nutty notes. The Habano2 is a cigar that I would recommend for anyone!  Great flavors and construction equals a great cigar! Stay Toasting!

"HC Series Habano2" Robusto (5x50)  CC Rating:94

This beautiful box pressed cigar had a smooth dark chocolate wrapper with no tooth and nearly invisible veins. The pre lit aroma consisted of musty sweet tobacco with chocolate and faint pepper notes. The ash was a very nice white color and stacked wonderfully. The burn was razor sharp for the entire stick, never needing a second thought. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, providing tons of thick and rich medium-full bodied smoke.The first third was providing flavors of sweet tobacco and faint chocolate and pepper notes on the draw with a woody character mixing with caramel on the finish. The smoke from this stick was very creamy and smooth. A very well blended cigar. The second third consisted of sweet caramel and tobacco notes with faint wood, pepper and nutty notes on the draw, with the finish consisting of that great smooth and creamy pepper and wood flavor. This cigar has a wonderful aged flavor to its profile. The aroma coming off of the foot had a slightly floral and chocolate aroma which was very pleasant. The box press that Xikar decided to go with was a very nice shape and felt very nice in the mouth. The final third continued with amazing smoothness in its flavor profile. The draw consisted of creamy caramel and chocolate notes and the finish was showing flavors of creamy coffee and nutty notes. The Habano2 is a cigar that I would recommend for anyone!  Great flavors and construction equals a great cigar! Stay Toasting!

Thursday, July 5, 2012
"Xikar Money Clip"
This Xikar accessory may not associate with cigars directly, but you can expect the same great quality associated with the Xikar brand. Featuring a special cam tightening technology, you can be assured that your money will be safe within the clips grasp. This money clip feels extremely durable, featuring a laser etched Xikar logo on polished stainless steel and also sports brushed silver on the opening clasp. Made out of 440 stainless steel, feel confident that this product will not break with regular use or easily rust. Look for Xikar money clips online and you can pick one up at a great price! Xikar has another winner in my books! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Money Clip"

This Xikar accessory may not associate with cigars directly, but you can expect the same great quality associated with the Xikar brand. Featuring a special cam tightening technology, you can be assured that your money will be safe within the clips grasp. This money clip feels extremely durable, featuring a laser etched Xikar logo on polished stainless steel and also sports brushed silver on the opening clasp. Made out of 440 stainless steel, feel confident that this product will not break with regular use or easily rust. Look for Xikar money clips online and you can pick one up at a great price! Xikar has another winner in my books! Stay Toasting!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"Xikar Executive" Torch Lighter
The Xikar Executive torch lighter is probably one of the most under rated cigar lighters. This torch comes in a range of colors including brushed silver, red, gun metal and black. I decided to purchase the black model. The executive comes with a lifetime warranty and features an adjustment wheel at the base of the torch itself to control the torches intensity. It also features a very respectable fuel chamber to hold ample amounts of butane. To ignite the torch you simply push the chrome button on the side which brings the torch to life. Possibly the best feature of this lighter is its amazing price point which makes this lighter very affordable. Another great product from Xikar in my opinion! As always, Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Executive" Torch Lighter

The Xikar Executive torch lighter is probably one of the most under rated cigar lighters. This torch comes in a range of colors including brushed silver, red, gun metal and black. I decided to purchase the black model. The executive comes with a lifetime warranty and features an adjustment wheel at the base of the torch itself to control the torches intensity. It also features a very respectable fuel chamber to hold ample amounts of butane. To ignite the torch you simply push the chrome button on the side which brings the torch to life. Possibly the best feature of this lighter is its amazing price point which makes this lighter very affordable. Another great product from Xikar in my opinion! As always, Stay Toasting!

Saturday, May 26, 2012
"Xikar EX"
This Xikar butane lighter is a great buy for the money! First of all, the EX features windproof flame technology that creates an ideal flame to toast your favorite cigar. This lighter is built tough and durable, the protective flip top does not have any wiggle room whatsoever. The model I decided to pick up featured the chrome finish, however it comes in a wide variety of finishes to choose from. The bottom of this lighter sports a big adjustment wheel to set your flame at the desired height without the need of a screwdriver. After I purchased this lighter, I immediately went online to register it for its lifetime warranty and as a result Xikar sent out a free leather sheath. Xikar products have never let me down, and I know that Xikar is not perfect but when they are willing to offer a lifetime warranty on almost every product they sell, that commitment speaks for itself. Xikar for life! Xikar,Stay Toasting!

"Xikar EX"

This Xikar butane lighter is a great buy for the money! First of all, the EX features windproof flame technology that creates an ideal flame to toast your favorite cigar. This lighter is built tough and durable, the protective flip top does not have any wiggle room whatsoever. The model I decided to pick up featured the chrome finish, however it comes in a wide variety of finishes to choose from. The bottom of this lighter sports a big adjustment wheel to set your flame at the desired height without the need of a screwdriver. After I purchased this lighter, I immediately went online to register it for its lifetime warranty and as a result Xikar sent out a free leather sheath. Xikar products have never let me down, and I know that Xikar is not perfect but when they are willing to offer a lifetime warranty on almost every product they sell, that commitment speaks for itself. Xikar for life! Xikar,Stay Toasting!

Monday, May 21, 2012
"Xikar X8 Cutter" 
The Xikar X8 cutter is one of Xikars most inexpensive cutters to hit the shelves. The X8 comes in a range of different cosmetic designs. I had decided to review the “carbon fiber” model which is made out of a strong plastic with a look resembling carbon fiber. I will admit I was a little hesitant about the X8, however after doing a little research I came to find out that this cutter has the same lifetime warranty which nearly all of Xikar’s products come with. I put this cutter through a weekend of non stop cigar smoking with friends and family, where this individual cutter was the only cutter available. After dozens of cigars and drops on the floor, this cutter continues to be as sharp as if it was cutting its first stogie. The only “con” that I found with this cutter was Its light weight construction, I prefer cutters to have a little heft to them. However if you don’t want a lot of weight in your pockets, this would work out perfect. Not only is the X8 durable, it’s also able to cut up to a 64 ring gauge cigar. Find out for yourself, I doubt you will be disappointed due to its great construction, price and lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar X8 Cutter" 

The Xikar X8 cutter is one of Xikars most inexpensive cutters to hit the shelves. The X8 comes in a range of different cosmetic designs. I had decided to review the “carbon fiber” model which is made out of a strong plastic with a look resembling carbon fiber. I will admit I was a little hesitant about the X8, however after doing a little research I came to find out that this cutter has the same lifetime warranty which nearly all of Xikar’s products come with. I put this cutter through a weekend of non stop cigar smoking with friends and family, where this individual cutter was the only cutter available. After dozens of cigars and drops on the floor, this cutter continues to be as sharp as if it was cutting its first stogie. The only “con” that I found with this cutter was Its light weight construction, I prefer cutters to have a little heft to them. However if you don’t want a lot of weight in your pockets, this would work out perfect. Not only is the X8 durable, it’s also able to cut up to a 64 ring gauge cigar. Find out for yourself, I doubt you will be disappointed due to its great construction, price and lifetime warranty! Stay Toasting!

Friday, May 18, 2012
"Xikar Premium Butane"
Refill after refill, this butane made by Xikar has never let me down. I have tried many different brands of butane and this stuff has never disappointed me. For you scientists out there, this butane has impurities as low as 30 parts per million, and that means it’s very pure and clean. I’m sure there are butanes out there which are more pure of have other claims to fame, however at the price point you can get this at your local tobacco shop, you can’t go wrong. So if you can, give Xikar butane a try and see for yourself! Stay Toasting!

"Xikar Premium Butane"

Refill after refill, this butane made by Xikar has never let me down. I have tried many different brands of butane and this stuff has never disappointed me. For you scientists out there, this butane has impurities as low as 30 parts per million, and that means it’s very pure and clean. I’m sure there are butanes out there which are more pure of have other claims to fame, however at the price point you can get this at your local tobacco shop, you can’t go wrong. So if you can, give Xikar butane a try and see for yourself! Stay Toasting!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Enjoying a cigar…
The smell of spring in the air. Tree’s and flowers blooming, birds chirping and a warm breeze pouring over me. Removing the cedar tube from a cuban Romeo y Julieta, smelling the firmly constructed habano wrapper as it mixes with my scenic surrounding. Unsheathing my Xikar Xi1 cutter as the sun reflects off its beautiful craftsmanship as if it were a glorious sword. Lining up my cut to remove the perfect amount off the cigar, taking my time to truly make the moment perfect. Putting the cigar to my lips and drawing on the cigar as if it were an extension of me, given that my cut was perfectly executed. Grabbing my torch with one hand and a Spanish cedar spill with the other, lighting the spill and watching the ash quickly form, dancing as if it were alive, I put down my torch and picked up my beautiful cigar and   slowly introduced them to each other. Carefully toasting the cigar and rotating it in my fingers, I watch as the tobacco slowly comes to life. Taking the cigar to my lips, I relax and cherish the time I smoke it. Always remember to enjoy your cigars and think of the journey that cigar took, from seedling to ash. Stay Toasting!

Enjoying a cigar…

The smell of spring in the air. Tree’s and flowers blooming, birds chirping and a warm breeze pouring over me. Removing the cedar tube from a cuban Romeo y Julieta, smelling the firmly constructed habano wrapper as it mixes with my scenic surrounding. Unsheathing my Xikar Xi1 cutter as the sun reflects off its beautiful craftsmanship as if it were a glorious sword. Lining up my cut to remove the perfect amount off the cigar, taking my time to truly make the moment perfect. Putting the cigar to my lips and drawing on the cigar as if it were an extension of me, given that my cut was perfectly executed. Grabbing my torch with one hand and a Spanish cedar spill with the other, lighting the spill and watching the ash quickly form, dancing as if it were alive, I put down my torch and picked up my beautiful cigar and   slowly introduced them to each other. Carefully toasting the cigar and rotating it in my fingers, I watch as the tobacco slowly comes to life. Taking the cigar to my lips, I relax and cherish the time I smoke it. Always remember to enjoy your cigars and think of the journey that cigar took, from seedling to ash. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, March 24, 2012
"Xikar Xi1 Cigar Cutter" 
This Xikar cigar cutter is simply amazing. You can purchase one of these cutters for yourself, or take my word for it. You won’t be disappointed. These cutters come in a range of models, the Xi1,Xi2 and the Xi3. The model I decided to purchase was the Xi1, made out of aluminum. The Xi2 is made out of a fiberglass composite material, and the Xi3 are the models with the specialty materials. You are even able to purchase a cutter featuring mammoth ivory to adorn the handles. Having self sharpening blades made from a hard razor sharp steel. All Xikar products come with a life time warranty. Just go on there website and register what you have purchased such as a lighter or cutter and you are set to go. Also, you will receive a free leather sheath for the cutter or lighter just for registering. A great product or gift that will last a lifetime. Stay toasting.

"Xikar Xi1 Cigar Cutter" 

This Xikar cigar cutter is simply amazing. You can purchase one of these cutters for yourself, or take my word for it. You won’t be disappointed. These cutters come in a range of models, the Xi1,Xi2 and the Xi3. The model I decided to purchase was the Xi1, made out of aluminum. The Xi2 is made out of a fiberglass composite material, and the Xi3 are the models with the specialty materials. You are even able to purchase a cutter featuring mammoth ivory to adorn the handles. Having self sharpening blades made from a hard razor sharp steel. All Xikar products come with a life time warranty. Just go on there website and register what you have purchased such as a lighter or cutter and you are set to go. Also, you will receive a free leather sheath for the cutter or lighter just for registering. A great product or gift that will last a lifetime. Stay toasting.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
"Nibo Royal Cigar Lighter"
This cigar lighter, retailing for $24.99 at my local cigar shop, has lit many cigars. Featuring a triple torch flame, and a cigar punch located at opposite ends. I have to say it has served me well. There were a few draw backs to this lighter. It weighs quite a bit, the fuel reservoir is a little on the small side, and it tended to scratch easily. But, at the end of the day, it is a lighter. It served its purpose wonderfully. Refill after refill this lighter would perform as if being brand new. If your looking for a nice lighter to carry around with you, I would suggest a smaller Xikar lighter. But, if you want a lighter to serve its purpose when your smoking by yourself, in your favorite spot, this lighter is for you. Stay toasting.

"Nibo Royal Cigar Lighter"

This cigar lighter, retailing for $24.99 at my local cigar shop, has lit many cigars. Featuring a triple torch flame, and a cigar punch located at opposite ends. I have to say it has served me well. There were a few draw backs to this lighter. It weighs quite a bit, the fuel reservoir is a little on the small side, and it tended to scratch easily. But, at the end of the day, it is a lighter. It served its purpose wonderfully. Refill after refill this lighter would perform as if being brand new. If your looking for a nice lighter to carry around with you, I would suggest a smaller Xikar lighter. But, if you want a lighter to serve its purpose when your smoking by yourself, in your favorite spot, this lighter is for you. Stay toasting.