Warped

Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda

There are a lot of cigar groups on Facebook and in some of those groups people like to combine days with cigar brands, like Tatuaje Tuesday and Fuente Friday. Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.

This week I will post a review every day, monday to sunday, all with the name tied to the weekday, here’s the list:

Murcielago Monday
Tatuaje Tuesday
Warped Wednesday
Taboo Thursday
Fuente Friday
Santiago Saturday
Sosa Sunday

Warped Wednesday – Warped Little Havana Corona Gorda

Back in the day, I think it was somewhere in 2007, I joined the Club Stogie board and left when it turned into Puff. The eleven moderators of Club Stogie started Cigar Asylum and I joined there and I’ve been a member since. But back then Kyle Gellis from Warped was just a young entrepeneur, his brand existed but wasn’t really active, he sold some cigars on the board and that was it. He has a small stash and when it was sold out it was sold out, it was more of a hobby than a company back then, or at least, that was my impression.


I’m very impressed with what Kyle did since the last time I’ve seen him at a cigar event at one of the Smoke Inn shops back in 2010 I think. He’s now one of the highest rating boutique brands and that without a huge social media outreach like other small brands. Because I’m not in the USA since he released all his new cigars I haven’t had the chance to smoke them, I did try to convince my previous employer to start distributing the Nicaraguan made Warped blends but he wouldn’t as he isn’t good with boutique brands. But I still have two, almost a decade old, test blends and two, just as old, Warped Little Havana Private blend cigars, one 5.5×44 Corona Grande and one torpedo and I will review the corona grande today on Warped Wednesday.


Now Kyle never confirmed or denied that these cigars were made by El Titan de Bronze but seeing his ties to that factory, the name of the blend and the fact that he did say that these were Miami made cigars I am fairly sure that they are made by Sandy Cobas and her team. The cigar has a beautiful deep dark brown color with beautiful thin veins and just looks mouth watering. The construction feels good, all evenly packed, no soft spots or plugs with a beautiful cap. The ring is simple, just a small back ring with a toxic green colored Warped in a fancy font. On the back side, and I love this detail, it says private blend 8/27/08 so I know exactly when the cigar was made. The aroma is still there after all these years, wood but not the fresh wood kind, a hint of dark chocolate and some floral notes.


I cut the cigar and unfortunately damage the cap because I used the cheap freebie cutter that was in my reach instead of getting up and getting one of my Xikar or Palio cutters. The cold draw is great and has a floral taste with a peppery aftertaste. A vintage cigar needs to be lit with a vintage lighter so I grabbed my Ronson varaflame and lit the cigar. I taste spices like nutmeg, cinnamon with a caramel like sweetness. After a few puffs I taste oak with the spices and a mild peppery aftertaste. After a third I taste peppery floral flavors with a mild cedar. Slowly the spices and cedar get stronger, a little lime shows up too and the pepper is also on the rise. Near the end the floral flavor is back and with some strength. I also taste a little salt


The draw is perfect and so is the smoke. White, thick, plentiful, just the way I like it. The burn isn’t completely straight though. The ash however is firm, and a beautiful light gray. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The evolution is great in this complex and extremely well balanced cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish.

Score: 95
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Warped private blend corona gorda

Kyle from Warped Cigars asked for a few reviewers of the new Warped blend, called ‘private blend’, a cigar made with a very beautiful and dark Ecuadorian maduro wrapper, a binder from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua and filler from both the Jalapa and the Condega valley in Nicaragua. I was lucky enough to be picked as a reviewer and smoked the 48 ring 5.5” long corona gorda.
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When I opened the envelop I instantly noticed the beauty of these dark cigars and the bright green of the band which gave a nice contrast. The cigar looks a bit silky, feel well constructed. The aroma reveals that this cigar is very young, as I could clearly smell ammonia with some hay and grass.
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The predraw is fine and leaves a dry taste on my lips. After lighting the cigar I could taste coffee and lots of it with soon a little hint of leather on the background for just a few puffs. The overall flavor is quite spicy. After a centimeter the coffee fades away for just a few puffs and then returns. The texture of the smoke is a bit creamy and wooly in my mouth. Instead of a leathery aftertaste I can now taste some chocolate.
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The flavor is very consistent, the coffee is a good and steady base and halfway the chocolate grows a little bit in strength. After 2/3rd I can taste some nuts too and the grande finale starts off with some pepper with the coffee and then the nutty flavor replaces the pepper and grows considerably in strength. The nutty flavor is a bit salty.
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Right from the start I had a bit of a crooked burn, not much thought and it didn’t need correcting. The further I smoked, the better the burn. The ash is silver gray and amount of smoke produced is just fine. Even though this is a very young cigar, the date on the band revealed that the cigar was not even 4 months old when I smoked it, I loved it and nubbed it. I would call this a medium to full bodied cigar with lots of flavor.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No doubt about it, I need to stock up on those.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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