JC Newman

January 31, 2023

Warped Cigars Devil's Hands (6 x 44 Lonsdale)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from cigaraficionado.com website)

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.

The cigar is a medium brown and has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon, and leather. There was black pepper rated at 8. There are the beginnings of hints of dry cedar. You will really notice all those sweet notes. A very good start.

At the first third (19 minutes) the notes were just like they started but they're more pronounced. They are somewhat rich. There is a ton of cinnamon and black pepper in this cigar. The pepper is still rated at 8, minimum. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is leather with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar reminds me of Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials we had as kids. Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar and pepper. I rated the first third 95.

Moving through the second third (37 minutes) the dry cedar is starting to become more evident. All the other notes are in play except the citrus peel. The cigar is so sweet you don't notice it. The notes work very well together. The cigar is medium bodied, leaning toward medium to full. The finish is leather with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar isn't quite as rich as it was in the first third but that's about all the negative it has. I rated the second third 94. Still very good.

The cigar lasted 55 minutes.The pronounced notes came back with some richness. I had some dry oak notes appear in the final third. They were rather light but I noticed them. The notes now were citrus, dry cedar, oak, brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee, and leather. The black pepper is still 8+. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. The finish is leather with light hints of cinnamon and toffee with very good lingering black pepper. This cigar checks a lot of boxes for me. I rated the final third 95. Look for these on Smallbatchcigar.com and use code Tinytim for 10% off and free shipping.

Overall Score: 94.67

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