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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Warped Flor Del Valle Las Brumas
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jason (jharrisx5)
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member clami (Clay).  The cigar provided for this round is the Warped Flor Del Valle Las Brumas.

Warped Cigars proudly presents their first blend that won’t come from their famed El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. Why, you ask? Because this scrumptious morsel is a Nicaraguan puro, and as such, it comes from its country of origin. Flor del Valle is being made in Nicaragua at the Casa Fernandez Factory.

It’s time to clear a spot in your humi, because Flor de Valle is super legit. A Nicaraguan binder and core of Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 filler tobacco is topped with a Corojo ’99 wrapper. Anganorsa tobacco is used for the entire cigar. Pepper and honey tickle the cockles of your taste buds, and the overall experience is medium in body. This well-constructed, expertly rendered handmade is just another jewel in the Warped Cigars crown.


Length:
4.5
Ring Gauge:
48
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Nicaragua
Color:
Colorado
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Rothschild

This cigar was enjoyed with Mocha Stout Homebrew

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

This is one very fine looking cigar.  The wrapper is mildly glistening with oils and is the shade of well worn leather.  There are just a few veins and the seams are tight and nearly invisible.  There looks to be a triple cap that is well applied and tight.  The cigar feels firmly packed from cap to foot.

The aroma prior to lighting is full of sweet baking spices with a hint of compost...I like that!

I opted to punch cut this cigar and experienced no difficulties.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar was a joy relative to burn performance.  The ash was solid and the but line nearly razor sharp.  I could hardly bear to set this one down so I never had to venture into a relight situation and although I was puffing delicious smoke like a locomotive the cigar remained cool and flavorful. Oh did I mention smoke....there was a ton of it...right and creamy and full of flavor.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Nearly perfect construction was evident from beginning to end with this cigar.  It looked very nice, had a excellent draw, and held up well to my rough handling.  Of particular note was the ash strength...I despise a surprise ash drop, and that was not an issue here as the ash held for over an inch prior to me tapping it off.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

The first puffs of this sample greet my palate with a blast of zingy spices...pepper, but also more complex spices such as a light curry and a Mexican cocoa note.  The smoke is dense and full of pepper through the nose.

As I enter the second portion I'm convinced that the decision to pair this with a rich beer was a good one...the flavors are dense and meaty and would overpower a simpler beverage.  For the most part the flavors have remained consistent however I do get fluctuations in the intensity of the black pepper.  At this point I'd call this a solid medium strength/body cigar.

Entering the final third of this cigar I get a significant drop in strength as the pepper begins to fade and the flavor profile shifts to a savory cinnamon cocoa and cream.  The pepper has fade a bit through the nose as well and allows me to pick up some subtler baking spice notes that add to the overall profile.

Summary

This was a real joy to smoke.  Paired with an excellent beer this is a superb way to kick off or end an evening.  I like a cigar that makes its presence felt but then steps back to allow the tobacco to speak to me...that's what this cigar does.  The immediate greeting of pepper, followed by the gradual lessening of power lets me enjoy the profile without destroying my sense of smell or taste.  Well done, Warped...this is one to but plenty of, and share with a friend.



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