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Like Father, Like Son: Q & A with Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars

By: David Fisher

There is no doubt that a large portion of the cigar industry is the result of generational traditions passed down from father to son. Carlos Fuente Sr. and Carlos Fuente Jr., Hendrik and Henry Kelner, Ismael and AJ Fernandez… the list goes on and on. From father and son collaborations to just the love and knowledge of cigars passed down from generation to generation, many of the great cigar brands across the world are a result of these strong bonds. Recently we caught up with Kyle Gellis, President of Warped Cigars, to discuss his latest blend released in honor of his father, Ronald.

David Fisher: How did you get into cigars?

Kyle Gellis: Growing up, my dad was always smoking a cigar. I was constantly around it. He would let me pick the cigar out of his humidor, cut it, hold the lighter, and most importantly, he would let me sit with him while he enjoyed his cigar. He would tell me what flavor profiles he would get, construction issues, and what the cigar meant to him. This started my path down the cigar road at a very early age, because I was learning from a consumer standpoint about what he liked and did not like.

DF: So what is Don Reynaldo? 

KG: Don Reynaldo is a cigar I blended at El Titan de Bronze to honor my dad and for all the support he has given me over the years with Warped. When I blended it, I took his two favorite habano marcas, Hoyo de Monterrey and Partagas, and worked to blend that known creaminess and cinnamon aspect of those two marcas into his cigar. In keeping with his love of Habanos, the cigar is rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Little Havana by category 9 master rollers all hailing from Cuba. Only 100 of these cigars are rolled per day, so it’s something truly exquisite and of the highest quality.

DF: What can you expect from Don Reynaldo?

KG: A true medium-bodied blend with cream, fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and white pepper. With each cigar rolled the history of its roller comes along with it, many of them are 15+ years in Havana as category 9 rollers, and feature all signature Cuban rolling techniques such as entubado and triple capping.

DF: How many vitolas are currently available?

KG: Right now, just one, a 5.0”x46 corona, available in 10-count boxes.

DF: Thanks Kyle. I can’t wait to try this one. In closing, is there anything else you would like to say to our customers about Warped Cigars?

KG: Our emphasis has always been on quality and consistency. And working with the two of the best factories of TABSA in Estelí utilizing AGANORSA material and El Titan de Bronze in Little Havana, Miami. Both of these factories employ traditional Cuban rolling techniques and have an extreme level of quality and consistency standard in a level all their own. We work with them because of this so we can bring you the best possible experience each and every time.