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Spotlight Brand: Warped Futuro

April 2, 2017 |

Back to the Futuro.

Warped Cigars is founded by Kyle Gellis, the youngest brand owner in the business. To say he has his finger on the pulse of new trends, designs, and concepts is an understatement and frankly not surprising, considering his personality and personal style. But he also has a firm grasp and respect for the rich traditions that deeply and eternally permeate the industry, which combine with his future facing, day-to-day directive to create the brand we see before us now and presumably, the shape of Warped to come.

With thoughts remaining on what has yet to be, it’s quite fitting his latest release is called Futuro. A co-op with Casa Fernandez (the manufacturing arm of tobacco titan Aganorsa S.A.), Futuro is both a bold declaration and a fitting homage. While nodding approval to days long past with its creamy, medium to full-bodied blend reminiscent of Havana’s best, Futuro promises a fresh, new direction with sharp, yet understated band and box art that exudes class. Its all-Nicaraguan blend comes entirely from Aganorsa’s best, ‘top-of-the-crop’ tobaccos. While there is some pop to Gellis’ gem, overall Futuro is an accessible blend that will leave newly enamored enthusiasts and grizzled veterans equally impressed. For Warped Cigars - and their fans, the future is bright.    

Q & A: Heavy Problems, Lighter Solutions

After several refills, why does my lighter stop working properly?

3/30/17 | by PB of Edison, NJ


Torch lighters are one of the more convenient yet frustrating weapons you can yield in the war on unlit cigars. Torch lighters have several components that, if altered or affected by various factors, can cause failure to, as Johnny Storm says, flame on. The first factor I’ll discuss is altitude. The higher you are, the harder it can be to get a lighter to work. I’d suggest trying one specifically made for high level areas, like this one. Air pockets in the tank can cause sputtering and such, so it is critical to bleed the tank completely, prior to refilling with butane, to prevent this. Here’s a helpful video that goes over this and several other tips for refilling. Is that a lighter in your pocket, or are you just happy to read this? Dirt and lint can find itself stuck in the lighter, thus blocking the butane from full release and in turn, the flame. Simply blow into the top of the lighter a few times to loosen any blockage. You can also use a paper clip or a can of compressed air for serious blockages. Finally, you’ll want to use high quality butane. Hope this helps ya, PB. Thanks for the question!

by Tim

Review: La Gran Llave Maduro by AJ Fernandez

Tim You'll Love the Llave.

Why did I find myself surprised, after the first dozen or so puffs, at how much I was enjoying La Gran Llave Maduro when right there in the name, it’s clearly stated “BY AJ FERNANDEZ?" Knowing full well what Fernandez is capable of with tobacco and time, I should have expected this all along. La Gran Llave Maduro is fantastic, with a concerted creaminess throughout the whole experience that’s rare of any blend, for any price. It’s in this velvety mouth feel of lush smoke that really separates and lifts the LGL above the maduro majority. I found the Corona Extra size to be the perfect conduit for maximum flavor, with the chocolaty character of the San Andrés wrapper really shining through from start to finish. Could I have appreciated a bit more spice or complexity? Sure, but I also could use 5k in my bank account and a new Mazda. In my experiences with La Gran Llave Maduro, flavor consistency was present and that flavor was great. If complexity were a criticism, it’d be nattering nitpickery, good for only the raising of serious doubts to be had concerning the source critic. I am not that critic, I’m just a strangely surprised fan of La Gran Llave Maduro. 

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