How time really does FLY! Here were are in the very beginnings of 2016 and we are super excited to move into this amazing year. But before we hit the pedal to the floor and take off into 2016, lets take a look back at 2015.
We had a few marca releases this year, and here is a quick sum up of all of them.
Don Reynaldo Regalos: The original Don Reynaldo was released in December of 2014 to honor my dad and his support and introudction into the cigar world. The blend was based on his preference while I was growing up, he loves Habanos, so I vowed to blend something taking into consideration his two favorite marcas. Regalos, was released at the IPCPR in New Orleans and was a very successful blend. I was super excited to see it take off the way it did and so was "Reyanldo" as I showed him everything from launch until now and will continue to.
La Hacienda: "The Estate" is the 100% Aganorsa Nicaraguan puro that was a first for us, a price range of $7.50-$7.95 and available in 2 vitolas. This incredibly popular offering from Warped was conceptualized over dinner in NYC. The dish we were eating had 0 appeal in reading it as you never would figure the flavors would work together...well slap me I was wrong. Over dinner I said that I had to attempt to recreate this profile in a blend, and on my next trip to Nicaragua, La Hacienda was born.
Futuro: Ah Futuro, one of the most talked about new marca releases from Warped in 2015. A collaboration between myself and Max Fernandez of TABSA/Aganorsa, this project was a very organic method of coming to life and took over a year before it was completed. Having access to TABSA/Aganorsa's vault tobacco (material reserved for the family only), Max and I started to work on this project and wanted to achieve a blend that was different than anything Warped and Casa Fernandez has done up to this point. Available in 2 vitolas based off mine and Max's personal preference and it's just a blend you have to seek out and try...you will see why.
Recap: I will keep it short and sweet. We had a great year and we couldn't have done it without our amazing family of retailers around the country and YOU! Thank you for making this year so amazing and I am humbled to see all of you enjoying the brand with the #warpedcigars hashtag! Keep those images coming, I love seeing everyone Get Warped!
Haven't tried any of these blends? Find the nearest Warped retailer to you and give them a try!
2016: What to Expect
So the questions of what Warped has planned for 2016 began at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans and now the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas is only about 7 months away, so lets get to it. The first thing everyone wants to know is "WHAT'S NEW?"...
I only have one (1) new release that will be available to all Warped retailers this year. It will debut at the IPCPR in Las Vegas in July.
I will spend this year concentrating on the quality and consistency of all of our lines to make sure your experience with Warped is the best it can possibly be.
- Kyle Gellis
Well we are officially in 2016 and we wanted to showcase all of the 2015 year end honors that some of the Warped lines have received. We will be adding more over the next few days.
Cigar Federation: Top 10 Cigars of 2015
Flor del Valle Sky Flower - #2
Don Reynaldo Regalos - #7
Toasted Foot: Top 10 Cigars of 2015
La Colmena Amado No. 36 - #9
Flor del Valle Sky Flower - #1 Cigar of the Year!
Stogie Press: Top 25 Cigars of 2015
Corto X-50 - #11
Don Reynaldo Regalos - #1 Cigar of the Year!
Toasted Foot: Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry
Warped's founder, Kyle Gellis, has made Toasted Foots list of the most fascinating people in the cigar industry.
Blind Mans Puff: Highest Rated Cigar
Futuro Selección Suprema - Rated 96
The time has come. Our first full bodied brand, Corto, has arrived at HQ and is shipping out to our family of retailers! We are extremely excited about releasing our first full bodied blend to you, but while we say its "full bodied" its our version of full bodied. This 4.5x50 vitola comes with a slight box press and is made up of entirely 100% Aganorsa leaf and is crafted at their TABSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Available in 25ct SLB's. Corto has started arriving in Warped Retailers across the country!
I have had the pleasure of tasting amazing coffee all over this country and abroad while traveling for Warped, but nothing compares a Café Cubano made down in Little Havana. Across the street from El Titan de Bronze on the corner of 8th & 11th is a walk up window that produces the best Café Cubano I have ever had. This amazing mixture of espresso and sugar is addicting and keeps you going for those long days in the factory while blending and checking production.
Each and every trip I make down to El Titan de Bronze, one of my first acts is to go across the street to this walk up window and get a Café Colada which is served with 4-6 plastic demi "shot" cups. The purposes of these plastic demi shot cups is to serve your friends/co workers with this amazing elixir. It's a common custom down in Miami, and whether it is the rollers at the factory or visiting friends to the factory, you are always offered a shot.
After enough trips down to Miami and not being able to find anything near close enough to this where our headquarters are located, I took it upon myself to master this craft. Well lets distill this down as quickly as possible...making Café Cubano is not easy... to get it right, it took me 1.5 years (yes, 1.5 years, I am not joking) to get it to the point where the team at HQ said it was 97% to what we get in Little Havana. You always see photos on Instagram of the coffee, so let me show you how I make it.
The recipe below will produce 4-6 shots of Café Cubano.
Here we go!
What you will need:
Ground espresso of your choice (Pilon for us as of right now)
Plastic demi shot glasses (you will be sharing this, remember that!)
Step 1: Fill your portafilter with coffee and give a light tamp (if you're using a pressurized portafilter), if you have a non pressurized you will need your normal amount of force for tamping.
Step 2: This is probably your most important aspect! Measurement of sugar...too much will make it way to sweet and too little will provide you with a lightly sugared espresso. I use 1.5 spoons of Domino sugar. To be more detailed, 1 rounded full spoon and then a straight half spoonful. Put your sugar into (1) of your (2) pitchers.
Step 3: Okay lets brew some Pilon. So with your empty pitcher, brew about 1/4-1/3 of the pitcher with a full portafilter. If you brew longer and more, they espresso becomes way too bitter (this is one of the things I learned the hard way). If you start seeing foam build up in your pitcher, dump it out, and try again. With a pressurized portafilter you're looking at 10-12 seconds of brew time before shutting the brew off.
Step 4: Ah...another very important aspect of Café Cubano that separates it from the rest. Instead of just totally dumping your espresso into the pitcher with the sugar, you pour a very tiny amount into the sugar pitcher. This is extremely important for the next step.
Step 5: With your spoon you will begin mixing together the sugar and small amount of espresso until it becomes a thick delicious paste of straight sugar and coffee. If you are mixing and you do not have a paste, take your spoon and lightly add some additional coffee to create the consistency of paste...yes I'm serious.
Step 6: Don't worry, we are almost there! So now the rest here is simple. After you have created your paste mixture (as seen above), you will pour the remaining coffee into your sugar paste pitcher.
Step 7: Once you have poured all of your coffee into the paste pitcher, start mixing to melt that paste. This will create the signature 'crema' or thick topping Café Cubano is known for.
Step 8: Start pouring for friends
Step 9: Look at that, you are all done!
Step 10: Now enjoy! And sorry that I have forever ruined your preference on coffee.
Well we got back late last night from the IPCPR after a multitude of weather delays, but we are back! We want to thank all of the retailers who stopped by and joined the Warped family and all of the supporters of Warped around the world. We had an amazing show and we are excited about the upcoming months following the show and shipping out all the new lines to you.
Ahhh...we are less than 2 months from the 2015 IPCPR that will be hosted in New Orleans, LA! A time to release new product, speak with your family of retailers about their shops, customers, and about the future...good times! But we keep getting asked what will we have to release at this years show? So I thought I would give a little insight into this questions that I keep getting asked from retailers, customers, and bloggers.
At this years IPCPR we will be releasing (3) new marcas, and while (2) of those marcas are already known, (1) is still a mystery.
Don Reynaldo - We released Don Reynaldo originally in Dec 2014 as a marca to honor my dad for all he has taught me about cigars and the support he has given to me and the brand over the years. The release was 100 total boxes in a 5.5 x 42 made at El Titan de Bronze in Little Havana, FL and was a big hit amongst our retailers and customers around the US. After speaking in length to my dad about how the blend was received he said that everyone should be able to enjoy it more frequently and so it was decided to re-release the blend at the IPCPR this year. We will only be releasing (1) size of this blend and the size will be released opening day at the IPCPR, we will not let it out before then. Available in 10ct boxes and once again made at El Titan de Bronze in Little Havana, Miami!
Futuro - Or "Future" is a collaboration between Warped x Casa Fernandez, but more specifically Kyle Gellis of Warped and Max Fernandez of Casa Fernandez, son of Eduardo Fernandez, owner of AGANORSA and Casa Fernandez. We originally began speaking about this project at the 2014 IPCPR and it took that much time to develop this concept and blend. We set out to create a profile that is unlike anything Warped or Casa Fernandez has done previously, utilziing 100% AGANORSA material from their "vault" a selection of tobacco under lock and key and specifically for the Fernandez family. (2) vitolas will be offered, a 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda and a 6 x 52 109 and will be available in boxes of 20. Made at the TABSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
TBA - The last release will be announced at a later date...just hold tight!
Warped and Casa Fernandez are proud to announce a collaboration for 2015! Futuro, will officially debut at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans on July 18th.
Futuro started as an idea at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas between Kyle Gellis of Warped and Max Fernandez, son of Eduardo Fernandez of AGANORSA. The idea behind Futuro was simple but overly complicated, create a flavor profile and experience like nothing Warped nor Casa Fernandez has done previously.
Utilizing AGANORSA’s material from their “vault”, a section of their storage facility under lock and key and home to their most prized material, life was given to this AGANORSA puro.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ‘99
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ‘98
Body: Medium – Full
Futuro will be offered in 2 vitolas in SLB’s of 20. The selected sizes and shapes were individually chosen by Kyle and Max to reflect their own preferences while blending Futuro.
KG - Selección Suprema – 5 5/8 x 46 – MSRP - $8.75
MF - Selección 109 – 6 x 52 – MSRP - $9.75Only 400 boxes of each vitola will be available for the debut at the IPCPR in New Orleans.
Flor Del Valle Sky Flower began shipping to a limited number of authorized Warped retailers on Monday. Below is a list of those retailers to make your search a bit easier!
3 Horne Drive Suite 102
Folcroft, PA 19032
141 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
7792 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
3744 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
R. Field Wine Company
3536 Harding Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
4717 W Yellowstone Hwy
Casper, WY 82604
19186 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78258
Edwards Pipe & Tobacco
2118 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33803
14243 SW 42nd St
Miami, FL 33175
Cavalier Cigar Co.
505 University Dr E
College Station, TX 77840
604 Gallatin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206