Cigars pair well with a number of things. A few of them are untouchable.
The first is silence. A cigar and nothing else is one of the ultimate escapes. Maybe the wind… the bubbling of your own thoughts in your head… the sniffing of your dog at your feet… but nothing else. It’s truly sublime. It’s also true that cigars go really well with music, but silence has to be the king, here, in our humble opinion.
The second is a drink. You can pair it up any way you like – a coffee, a beer, a dram of whiskey. It’s all up to your preference, but the occasional sip that mixes and enhances the flavor of your smoke is a really fine way to take a great cigar and turn it into a great experience.
There are other things that we won’t list in any particular order. This isn’t a blog post, after all (although some of our product descriptions make it hard to tell the difference). The Warped La Relatos cigar is about another smoking companion: a good story.
For Warped founder Kyle Gellis, his father’s cigars and stories were often delivered together and made a fine mix, and so we have a blend to pay homage to a classic experience. Sitting at the feet of dad, granddad, or an uncle and taking in a tale or two while a bit of fragrant smoke swirls around – those are memories that stay with us for a lifetime. (In fact, we’d love to see a channel on YouTube devoted to old timers’ stories. Can someone get going on that?)
The Warped La Relatos cigar was one of the original blends created at the company’s launch around 2008 or so. This is a re-release that has grown up and benefitted from Gellis’s blending experience in the intervening years.
They come in five packs, like you might see in Cuba. Gellis’s dad Ronald (also known as the namesake behind the Don Reynaldo blend) was a big fan of Cubanos, so that kind of traditional island influence is felt throughout the entire brand portfolio. These traditions are then “warped” into the modern era using new tobaccos and blending styles.
La Relatos cigars feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on the outside, with a Nicaraguan binder around a long-filler blend of Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 tobacco inside. The smoke comes out with medium body, and offers classic flavors of black pepper, cream, cedar, sugarcane, and the barnyard.
Light it up and tell a tale, even if you don’t have an audience.