“This is the brand I’ve been wanting to create for many years,” says Kyle Gellis, the owner of Warped Cigars. Like something from a Faustian tale, Gellis recently went back to his old, hand-written blending books looking for inspiration until he finally had his “Eureka” moment. The final product is something called The Devil’s Hands, a one-size brand that should be out this fall. It’s made at the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Nicaragua, where many of Gellis’ cigars are rolled.
Gellis says the blend began a few months ago when he was puffing away at Aganorsa, smoking tobacco from Estelí. “This blend differs from my normal blending style due to the amount of Estelí tobacco I used in this classical 6 by 44,” Gellis says.
Different regions of Nicaragua are known for producing different types of tobacco and leaf from Estelí is often used in a blend for body and spice.
Packaged in boxes of 25, the all-Nicaraguan Devil’s Hands will only come in one size, a 6-inch-by-44-ring gauge lonsdale with a suggested retail price of $11. But don’t look for it at the PCA trade show next month. Warped will not be attending the convention. This year, Gellis says he prefers to use the time concentrating on production.