Warped Cigars was one of the new exhibitors at IPCPR 2014 and it was also one of the booths that I was looking forward to checking out. I didn't know much about Warped before the show. I knew they were very active on Instagram and I knew that I liked the look of what they were doing. That was the extent of my Warped knowledge.
I sat down with Kyle Gellis, owner of Warped Cigars, on day two and we talked about the three different blends that Warperd currently has to offer.
El Oso (the bear) was the first release from Warped. El Oso features a Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. It is billed as a medium strength cigar and we will have a group review of the MaMa which is a 7x38 Lancero. El Oso is made at El Titan de Bronze in Miami.
The first new release from Warped at IPCPR was La Colmena. I already told you guys what I think of this cigar. It will be in the running for Cigar of the Year for me. La Colmena features an Ecuadorian Deflorada wrapper, Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. La Colmena is also made in Miami at the El Titan de Bronze factory. I reviewed the Amado No.44 which is a 5.5 x 44. The pic below is of the La Colmena Unico Especial which is a limited size that was available only during ICPRP. The Unico Especial is a 5 x 48 belicoso with a close "Stinger" foot. See the video below.
The final new release from Warped is called Flor de Valle which translates to Flower of the Valley. The way this cigar was debuted at the show was pretty cool. It was released at 2PM on day three of the show. Basically everyone who visited the Warped booth on the first two days received a sealed envelope. To get your Flor de Valle sample, you needed to come back on day three and present your unopened envelope. It was like getting a Golden Ticket to the Willy Wonka factory. It was a very cool touch.
The Flor de Valle is the first Warped cigar produced in Nicaragua by Casa Fernandez. It features a Jalap Corojo Rosado 99 wrapper, Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 fillers and a duel Corojo and Criollo binder.
Warped also had some very cool accessories. They rolled out everything from Jars to ashtrays to cigar cases. Even the bracelets that Kyle was wearing (you can see them in the pic above) were made by Wraped and available for purchase.
I am personally very impressed by what Warped is doing. La Colmena was an amazing cigar and I am eager to try the Flor de Valle and El Oso, but on top of all that, Kyle is a genuine guy. I stopped by the booth a few times and he would always come over and say hello. On the last day he even took us over to another booth to make an introduction. When I say he took us, I mean he walked with us to the opposite end of the show floor. Who does that?
Needless to say, everything about Warped Cigars made a huge impression on me and I will be keeping an eye on what they do in the future.