Tabacalera El Titan de Bronze

Sandy Cobas, Miami, USA

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 Since I have so many unpublished reviews and need to post a lot I decided that this week will be a week dedicated to the weekday – cigar combinations and I came up with a few of my own.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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Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius Toro

A few years ago, while working for a cigar importer/distributer I met Courtney Smith who was working for one of the brands we distributed, La Palina. Courtney left La Palina, I left the company I was working for but at intertabac last September we ran into each other again. Courtney gave me a few cigars of the company she’s with now, Cornelius & Anthony. I smoked most at the show but kept a few samples for reviews.

Cornelius & Anthony is quite new to the premium cigar game but not new to the tobacco industry. The family behind the brand has been growing tobacco in Virginia for over 150 years and 5th generation Steven Anthony Bailey decided it was time to branch out to the premium cigar business and honoring the first Bailey to enter the business he named the brand after him: Cornelius and added his own second name Anthony to it. They came out with 4 lines, 3 made in La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua and one by El Titan de Bronze in Miami. And the last one I’ll be reviewing today. The line is called Cornelius and the cigar is made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler with a binder and wrapper from Ecuador. I smoked the 6×50 toro. The band is very detailed and beautifully designed, just like the artwork on the boxes. The wrapper has a beautiful color, only a few small veins, a light shine and a silky feel. The triple cap on the well rounded head finishes the looks of the cigar. There is a distinct barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the cold draw, that leaves me with some pepper on my lips, is flawless.

Lighting the cigar with my trusted vintage Ronson soft flame is very easy and at first I taste a nice full but medium coffee flavor and after a few puffs I also taste a nice nuttiness. After half an inch it’s still mainly coffee what I taste. The nuttiness disappeared but I taste some spices instead and some pepper on my lips.

After a third i taste a nice wooden flavor, the coffee is completely gone. I also taste a nice amount of chili pepper. Halfway the pepper mellows out, it doesn’t disappear but it’s not as strong as before. There is still wood though. After two thirds I still taste wood with some pepper but there is a nice fresh minty aftertaste that I like a lot. At the end I taste some nuts again.

The burn is straight with a beautiful light colored ash. The draw is fantastic, just the right amount of resistance. The cigar is medium bodied and it gave me a nice amount of thick smoke. The ash is reasonable firm, but not firm enough for a long ash competition. The cigar is well balanced, the body – flavor ratio is spot on. The cigar lasted me for over an hour and a forty five minutes and I needed to bring out my cool JSK nub tool.

Would I buy this cigar again? If only they were for sale in Europe, which will probably never happen due to high import taxes on tobacco shipped from the USA.

Score: 94

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Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto

This is an old review that somehow never got posted when it should have been uploaded.

A few years ago I was in Miami with some friends and we hooked up with Ernesto Padilla, whom I met before, at El Titan de Bronze on Calle Ocho, there he gave me this Padilla Miami Maduro Robusto, a 5×52 robusto made by El Titan de Bronze.
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The beautiful dark wrapper feels silky and has a few thin veins. The double ring looks great on the dark cigar. The aroma reminds me of horses. The cigar feels tightly packed but the cold draw is great.
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I taste a lot of coffee with some sugar and herbs. Soon after its herbs, spicy and peppery that makes my throat dry. After a third I taste herbs with some toast and halfway I also taste nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon.
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After two thirds I taste more toast, some herbs, some pepper and the overall taste is quite spicy. The toast is gaining some strength and the pepper moves to the aftertaste and never gets too strong.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty five minutes. The smoke is thick. The burn is beautiful just like the white, firm and dense ash. This cigar is medium bodied and full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately these aren’t for sale outside the USA.

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

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El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso

In may 2009 I was in Miami with some friends and we stumbled onto El Titan de Bronze. We walked in and had a great time with Sandy, who owns the factory with her husband. I did know the brand as I reviewed the El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown robusto a couple of months before. Anyway, we smoked a few cigars, got some insights on cigar manufacturing and fast forward to November 2010. I was in Miami again, walked in, a year and a half later, 100lbs lighter and the first thing Sandy says “wow, you lost a lot of weight”. Incredible, she remembered me and recognized me even though I lost that much weight. Well, I bought a sampler of all their blends and vitolas and I am planning to review them all. This is the first, the 5×52 El Titan de Bronze Redemption sun grown belicoso.
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The El Titan de Bronze sun grown belicoso is made from Nicaraguan filler and binder with an Ecuadorian sun grown habano wrapper, which is chocolate brown and has lots of veins. The construction feels good and I smell a strong barnyard smell. The predraw is fine and I taste raisin.
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I taste a peppery earthy flavor. Black pepper is definitely the main flavor with some chocolate like sweetness on the background. Soon after that I also taste wood and a citrus like acidity. All these flavors come packed within the first quarter of an inch. After half an inch I taste more wood with some herbs and a bit of pepper. The aftertaste is a creamy chocolate flavor.
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After a third I taste wood with herbs and on the background I taste a little bit of nuts and chocolate. The chocolate gains some strength, just like the nuts on the background. I keep tasting the herbs. After two thirds the pepper gains strength too. The nut flavor is a mixture of macadamia and hazelnuts with a little pecan. The nut mixture becomes the dominant flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and forty minutes, which is long for a 5 inch cigar. The draw is good, just like the burn. The smoke started out thin but got thicker along the way and the white ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I’m in Miami I will get a few more

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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El Titan de Bronze gran reserve maduro robusto

When in Miami, I always stop my this independent ‘Mom & Pop’ cigar factory on Calle Ocho for a cup of Cuban coffee and a cigar. Last time I was at El Titan de Bronze I bought samplers for reviews. This is the review of the 5×50 El Titan de Bronze Grand Reserve robusto, made with a Cuban seed filler, grown in Nicaragua, an Ecuadorian binder and a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
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The cigar looks classy with the dark wrapper and the double red band. I see two veins on the oily wrapper. The construction feels good and I smell some wood with barnyard. The predraw is fine and I taste some sweet tobacco.
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I taste a peppery and earthy flavor with both some sweetness, a citrus like acidity and a hint of chocolate. After half an inch the citrus flavor gains some strength with a pleasant herbal bitterness on the back of my throat. I also taste some toast and after an inch and a half I taste herbs with a mild acidic flavor on the background.
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Halfway that citrus flavor grows stronger again, the aftertaste is herbal. After two thirds I mostly taste herbs and now the citrus flavor has moved to the aftertaste. Near the end I taste some pepper too.
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This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and twenty minutes. The draw was great and the burn was good. The pepper and salt colored ash was firm. I got a lot of thick smoke. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I will get a few more next time I’m in Miami.

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

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El Titan de Bronze redemption sun grown robusto

I used google to find some background info on this cigar and learned that this cigar is made in Miami with Nicaraguan filler, binder and Ecuadorian Sun Grown Habano wrapper and is made by Pablo Romay. Upon feeling this 5 x 50 robusto I found some softer spots in the cigar, which made me worry about the burn. The wrapper has a lot of veins, including a big fat one, and feels dry. The veins are covered by 2 bands, so the appearance is still acceptable. The predraw is just fine and gives me a bit of a dry woody flavor.
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I light the cigar and taste a full coffee flavor combined with a little pepper. The flavor is definitely full. After about an inch, the coffee turns into leather and some wood and I can taste an aftertaste of pepper in the back of my throat. But leather is the main flavor.
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After a third, the cigar becomes somewhat bitter and harsh, I don’t like this at all, but since I set my mind on reviewing this sucker I keep on smoking. Right at the halfway point there is a creamy chocolate flavor fighting the bitterness and that fight continues right till the turning point.
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The smoke on this cigar is just fine, full & thick. I have absolutely no complaints on the razor sharp burn, but the ash is a bit frayed. I consider this to be a full flavored medium bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, it started out nice, but the second part of the cigar wasn’t good enough and the cigar didn’t recover enough in the last part to make up for the bitter taste in the middle.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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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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