In his own words: “People forget the [DR’s] long-storied past in tobacco… because Nicaragua is so good… There are also more varietals being grown in the DR like Corojo, Criollo, Pelo d’Oro, and HVA.“
He’s kind of right, isn’t he? Nicaraguan tobacco dominates the cigar industry at the time of this writing in the fall of 2021, but we don’t want to forget about the extraordinary possibilities of Dominican leaf that has made titans like Arturo Fuente, Ashton, La Flor Dominicana, and Davidoff so successful.
But Warped Chinchalle cigars aren’t coming from any of those esteemed factories. Instead, Gellis is partnered with an experienced cigar man who has launched a new factory in Santiago called Tabacalera La Isla. Hostos Quesada learned much from his uncle at Quesada cigars and finally was ready to make a big move for himself. It’s this inspiring bit of self-actualization that gave this blend its name. “Chinchalle” means little factory.
The cigar itself has started life as a 5 x 50 Robusto. The wrapper on the Warped Chinchalle cigar is one Gellis found in Ecuador. It’s a Havana 2000 leaf that brings a bit of traditional flavor to the interesting profile offered by the filler blend. There, a Dominican Havana Vuelta Arriba binder and Dominican long-filler work together to offer a complex taste of natural tobacco and sweet tea. The wrapper is the likely culprit for the other leading note – white pepper – although we can’t pinpoint it for certain.
We always love when people branch out. This industry is steeped in tradition but it always gets new life from experimentation. If you’d like a fresh look at a Dominican blend from a company that has done so well, and who already has multiple blends on the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars of the Year list, this one is absolutely worth lighting up.
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Warped Chinchalle FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
White pepper, natural tobacco, sweet tea.
What’s the strength level?
Medium to full.
Who is this cigar for?
Warped Chinchalle cigars are for folks who want a new-style Dominican blend that is deliciously understated.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
We think so.
What’s a good pairing with it?
Boy, you could go a lot of directions here. The Dominican Republic often puts us in the mood for a rum cocktail. We searched up one that might fit and found the Clásico 1934: 2 parts Havana Club Anejo Clasico, 3/4 part Martini & Rossi Rosso Sweet Vermouth, 1/2 part Averna Amaro, and 2 dashes Orange Bitters. Bottoms up!
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
When you start something small or want to celebrate someone’s new project kicking off.
The cigar might be packed tight and could require some coaxing to get the draw moving.