November 20, 2016

Warped Cigars Villa Sombra Mecedora (5 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
Warped Cigars debuted its newest line at this year's IPCPR, Villa Sombra. This is a significant line for Warped Cigars because it marks the company’s first Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade cigar.

Villa Sombra is being produced at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It features a Connecticut Shade wrapper over 100% Aganorsa Nicaraguan-grown tobacco for the binder and filler. This is Warped’s first cigar from TABSA to not feature 100% Aganorsa grown tobacco. It is also one of the very few Connecticut Shade cigars to come out of TABSA.

There will be two sizes offered- Mojitos (5 1/2 x 44) and Mecedora (5 1/2 x 50). The cigars will be packaged in 25 count cabinet boxes.

“The inspiration for the marca came awhile ago as I have an affinity for Jalapa, the sweet profile and aroma it gives off is just relaxing to me. So when I started playing around with the idea of captivating a blend of dominant Jalapa leaf, the Conn Shade capa was the ideal choice. But the final decision to actually make this marca a reality was on one of my recent trips to TABSA when time after time, I kept going back and smoking these throughout the days at the factory. I couldn’t stop, it was just the right cigar,” commented Warped Cigars’ Kyle Gellis in a press release.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Conn Shade
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (TABSA)

Vitolas Available:
Mojitos: 5 1/2 x 44 ($8.80 SRP)
Mecedora: 5 1/4 x 50 ($9.00 SRP) REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is a golden brown with a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a tangerine citrus, cream and raw almonds. There was black pepper rated at an 8. There is a lot of black pepper in this cigar.

About one inch in there are now a lot of brown sugar notes. The raw almond flavor is not as noticeable but it's still there. The finish is a sweet cream with some toasted aspects. There is also some nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is mild to medium at this early stage.

About 1 1/2 inches in the cream notes are now coming across as a white chocolate. So you now have tangerine, white chocolate, and brown sugar with a sprinkling of raw almonds. 

At the midpoint there are caramel notes. The citrus is in a minor amount now. There is a lot of brown sugar. The white chocolate is just enough to give it some added sweetness. The pepper is very good. The finish is about the same. The cigar has jumped from a mild to medium cigar to a medium to full cigar. 

At the end the citrus is more like a sweet cedar. There were also brown sugar, caramel, minor amounts of white chocolate and plenty of black pepper. The finish is unchanged. The cigar reached a high medium to full bodied and you may call it full bodied. This was a good Warped Cigar but not nearly as rich as some of their others. This would make a good morning cigar. A little on the low key aspect for Warped but still a good cigar nonetheless.

Score: 91

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