April 30, 2016

Warped Cigars Futuro Selección 109 (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Last year Warped Cigars and Casa Fernandez announced a joint collaboration called Futuro. The project was a joint venture between two rising stars in the cigar industry, Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars and Max Fernandez of Casa Fernandez. Warped Cigars has been collaborating with Casa Fernandez’s Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A (TABSA) factory to produce several of its lines. As a part of this concept, both Gellis and Fernandez jointly developed a blend and then each produced a size to his own personal preference. Today we take a closer look at Fernandez’s vitola, the Futuro Selección 109 – featuring the 109 flat “bullet” cap in a belicoso format.

Today I am reviewing Fernandez's vitola, the Seleccion 109.

Blend Profile:
The cigar is a mix of Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 tobaccos – two staple tobaccos from Casa Fernandez’s Aganorsa farms. The tobaccos come from a section at TABSA called the “vault” – which is a section of tobacco the Fernandez family keeps under lock and key and is home to some of its most prized tobacco.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ‘98
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ‘99
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A – TABSA)

Vitolas Available:
There are currently two vitolas in the Futuro line. While Fernandez’s Selección 109 is a belicoso, Gellis opted to produce a Corona Gorda size known as Selección Suprema. Both vitolas are available in twenty count boxes with slide top lids. Production has been limited to 400 cigars per size.size.

Selección Suprema: 5 5/8 x 46 (Gellis’ size)
Selección 109: 6 x 52 (Fernandez’s size) REVIEWED TODAY

One footnote, Gellis is not known to produce vitolas over a 50 ring gauge,  The Selección 109 is the largest ring gauge in offerings by Gellis.

The cigar has a unique cap and is dense feeling in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the bullet cap was very good. The initial flavors were orange citrus with cherry notes, leather, earthy coffee, and white pepper rated at a 7 1/2. Interesting initial flavors.

About one inch in the cigar settled down. I lost the citrus and cherry notes. Now it's a subdued cedar flavor with cream and dry wood. The leather and earthy coffee are very prominent. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a combination of cream and leather with a little lingering white pepper.

2 inches in the burn is very even but the ash is bent, or warped. The sweeter notes of cedar and cream are coming out much better now. The cigar is burning very slowly and that's always a good thing. The slower I smoke the cigar the better the sweeter notes come out. In fact, the cedar and cream are about even in intensity with the leather and earthy coffee. The cigar is very close to full bodied now.

There were no major changes from the 2 inch point to the end. The somewhat sweet cedar is almost overwhelmed by the leather and earthy coffee. The pepper increased from the midpoint onward. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The midpoint of the cigar had the most sweetness and it tended to decrease to the end leaving the leather and earthy coffee as the lead flavors. This was my first review of a Warped Cigars product. I enjoyed the cigar. This is what I'd call a slightly sweet dark noted cigar. 

Score: 91

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