Up next on our interview marathon through IPCPR 2017 was Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars. I was quick to note that while his beard was still very full bodied, the man-bun of last year had been replaced with a more medium to medium-full haircut. From there we talk a little bit about how long Kyle has been producing cigars. The answer might surprise you. (If you already knew, consider this parenthetical aside a virtual fist bump.)
After reminiscing about the old stuff for a minute, we talk about what’s new as we walk through the new Warped booth. The first stop is Black Honey which released shortly before the trade show. The cigar is a limited release hybrid blend that crosses the La Colmena and El Oso blends, and has proven to be a quick seller. If you missed out on them this time, the second half of this release will be shipping in October.
Kyle also shows us the Serie Gran Reserva 1988 which is blended with higher primings, and tobaccos sourced from different farms and/or lots than he’s used before. It’s a cigar that was nearly two years in the making that will be shipping around January.
We couldn’t leave the booth without getting Kyle’s take on the FDA situation. It goes without saying that Warped is exactly the kind of manufacturer that’s most threatened by the still unclear pending regulations. Kyle is very practical about it, shying away from assumptions about will happen to focus on what’s in black and white.