What do you get when you combine the craft of two fabulous cigar manufacturers in a collaborative effort? You get a new future or, in this case the Futuro cigar, from Warped and Casa Fernandez. It was reported earlier in the year that Kyle Gellis from Warped cigars was collaborating with Max Fernandez from Casa Fernandez to create a unique blend using leaf from the Casa Fernandez farms in Esteli Nicaragua. The result was the Futuro cigar released at this years IPCPR and distributed through Warped cigars. In fact, on Monday, March 02, 2015, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for FUTURO by Warped Cigars, LLC, Jupiter, FL 34458. The USPTO has given the FUTURO trademark serial number of 86550590.
The Futuro is manufactured at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua.
According to the Warped website:
Futuro started as an idea at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas between Kyle Gellis of Warped and Max Fernandez, son of Eduardo Fernandez of AGANORSA. The idea behind Futuro was simple but overly complicated, create a flavor profile and experience like nothing Warped nor Casa Fernandez has done previously.
Utilizing AGANORSA’s material from their “vault”, a section of their storage facility under lock and key and home to their most prized material, life was given to this AGANORSA puro.
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
- Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ‘99
- Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ‘98
- Body: Medium – Full
According to, Cigar Aficionado in March 2012:
Giant and boutique companies alike get tobacco from Aganorsa. The Illusione Epernay Le Taureau, Cigar Aficionado’s No. 3 Cigar of the Year, is made with Aganorsa tobacco, as are several others on the list. Altadis U.S.A. Inc., which is one of the world’s largest producers of premium cigars, is a major client. Aganorsa also counts Padrón Cigars Inc.—a company that has scored higher in Cigar Aficionado taste tests than any other—as a customer.
Kyle explained to me at the IPCPR that both companies will be handling distribution and they will be available in 2 vitola’s that represent the personal preference of Kyle and Max.
- KG – Selección Suprema – 5 5/8 x 46 – MSRP – $8.75
- MF – Selección 109 – 6 x 52 – MSRP – $9.75
For this review I sampled the MF – Selección 109 provided to me by Warped Cigars, LLC at the IPCPR.
Examining the Futuro you will notice the smooth medium brown wrapper. There are few veins on the leaf and not much of a pre-light aroma to it. If was to think hard about it I would say the aroma was barnyard. The Futuro is well packed with a decent weight in the hand and no soft spots along the barrel.
The band of the Futuro pays tribute to both Kyle and Max. Their initials are adored on the side of the red, blue, and gold band. The band itself reminds me of an India art with its scrolls and color selection. The word Futuro is centered in the middle printed in gold on a blue background. The year 2015 is printed beneath the name.
Once clipped and laid to rest between my lips, I detect an open draw and as I roll it around and give it a few dry draw puffs there is some pepper developing along with an anise spice on the tongue.
When fired up, it hits you with a strong retro-hale burn with a buttery note to the smoke, the pre-light spice remains also. There is a sweetness detected in the lingering finish and the developing ash white with a charcoal black core. The ash held on for a short part of the burn lasting only about an inch where some wood and cedar notes enter the profile.
The flavors mellow down as it burns into the second inch, but the anise is still tingling the tongue. I really like that sensation as it rare and a welcome flavor to the palate. Even though the ash is short the burn is perfect along with an ultra-thin char line. So far I would describe the Futuro as a solid medium strength cigar.
Continuing through the burn there are additional cedar notes coming on the top of the profile and the early pepper re-emerges. The spice continues to present itself in the profile. This flavor remained throughout the rest of the burn.
Overall, the Futuro is a delightful smoke with solid construction and burn qualities. The ash does not hold on long so be sure to ash it every inch or so. Even though I would not describe this as a flavor bomb, the spice that stayed through the smoking experience was a welcome note separating the Futuro from many other cigars. The strength was a solid medium giving it the ability to please many palates. If I was to pair this with a beverage, I think a Mojito would be my choice, with the mint and sweetness adding to the overall spicy pleasure of the Futuro.
Excellent work Kyle and Max.