Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped

Rank: 8
Rating: 93
Price: $8.00
Made By: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Factory Location: Nicaragua
Dimensions: 6" by 44 ring gauge
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

What happens when you give two young blenders unbridled access to some of the best Nicaraguan tobacco in the world? The answer is the Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped. It's the joint effort of Max Fernández and Kyle Gellis.

If you've never heard of them, Kyle Gellis is the owner of Warped Cigars, a small, boutique brand made in Nicaragua at the TABSA factory. Max is the son of Eduardo Fernández, owner of the TABSA factory and, more to the point, owner of Aganorsa, an agricultural conglomerate that is one of the largest growers of cigar tobacco in Nicaragua, and the source of top-quality leaf.

Both Gellis and Fernández had a very large inventory of Aganorsa tobacco at their disposal when coming up with this concept—and they did not squander the opportunity. Guardian of the Farm is a tasty smoke that's profoundly nutty in character, showing almond and nutmeg qualities along with hints of cinnamon.

It's long and slim and is made with an uncut foot, so the first puffs of the cigar give the smoker a bracing taste of the Corojo '99 wrapper before the rest of the blend kicks in. Guardian of the Farm is named in honor of both Max's and Kyle's dogs—so they had a little fun with the name as well.