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Kyle Gellis, best known for the Warped Cigars brand, is expanding his portfolio with the creation of a second brand, Proprietary Cigar Co., and the launch of its first line, Jason-Dumont.

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Gellis created the new company in 2019, which will focus on blend styles that are outside “the normality of Warped” and cigars that pay homage to those of more than a century ago.

“Proprietary by Kyle Gellis pays homage to the cigars in vogue during the first ‘Golden Age’ of cigar design, the period of 1880-1920, with designs that harken back to a bygone era,” Gellis said in a press release. “The cigars themselves are the blends I like to smoke; they represent my palate today, and are a far cry from where I started when I was eighteen. It seems the further away I get from my original vision, the closer I am to realizing my dream. That’s Proprietary by Kyle Gellis.”

The first line will be Jason-Dumont, which combines Gellis’ middle name with that of his father, Ronald. It is a Nicaraguan puro billed as a medium-bodied blend that uses a corojo 99 wrapper, criollo 98 binder, and filler of criollo 98 and corojo 99. It is produced at the AGANORSA Leaf factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Jason-Dumont line was first released in September 2020 via DROP, Gellis’ online cigar club where he sells some of his limited edition creations directly to consumers. The initial size in the line was a 5 5/8 x 48 Gran Corona; now three more sizes are being added for the line’s upcoming release, currently slated for late in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Jason-Dumont Le Greal (6 3/4 x 48)
  • Jason-Dumont Ermitage (5 x 50)
  • Jason-Dumont Rogue (5 1/2 x 42)

While the Gran Corona was offered in 10-count boxes, each of the three new sizes will be offered in 25-count boxes. The Gran Corona will reman a size exclusive to DROP. Pricing is still being finalized, though Gellis said it will range from $12 to $16 per cigar depending on the size.

Jason-Dumont will be distributed through Warped Cigars and offered to all existing Warped retailers.

Images via Warped Cigars.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.