JC Newman

October 19, 2021

Warped Cigars La Hacienda First Growth (4 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Last March, Warped Cigars announced a new version of its La Hacienda line called First Growth that was supposed to come out in “Fall 2020.” While it never came out last year, it will begin shipping to stores this week, but not without some changes in comparison to what was announced.

Kyle Gellis, founder of Warped Cigars, confirmed to halfwheel that the La Hacienda First Growth will be a 4 x 50 petit robusto. That’s a change from the original-announced dimensions of the cigar: 4 1/2 x 48. The blend uses the same components as the regular La Hacienda line—all Nicaraguan tobaccos—but the First Growth has higher priming tobaccos to add “more body, spice, and a unique darker sweetness.” Corojo 99 is used for the wrapper, binder and filler, though there’s also criollo 98 in the binder and filler.

One thing Warped did not change was the MSRP, it remains $8.95 per cigar and will be sold in boxes of 25.

First Growth refers to the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, which categorized Bourdeaux wineries by quality. First growth vineyards were considered the top tier according to the classification.

The cigar reminds me of a firecracker. It's short and well made. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were a pronounced, sweet orange citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and light leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A nice peppery, sweet start.

At the first third (26 minutes) I had a small burn issue but I blame myself. I believe it will even out. Now the flavors are just like they started but the orange citrus is even more pronounced. The black pepper is up to close to 8. There are light caramel notes. The finish is primarily nutmeg and some light citrus notes with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but it seems to be moving up. The cigar is quite tasty. I rated the first third 94.

As I moved through the second third (42 minutes) the cigar evened out the burn. The flavor notes are pretty much the same but now you have cinnamon notes also. The caramel notes are now scorched. It's like a baked desert that has some scorched edges. Nice! I still had citrus, citrus peel, scorched brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light leather. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar continues to be very good. I held the score of 94 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 1 minute. It continued to be fantastic. The notes were citrus, light citrus peel, very creamy nutmeg, light caramel, and leather. The lingering black pepper is amazing. It lingers and lingers. The finish is still primarily nutmeg with a hint of citrus. The cigar is medium to full bodied. I looked back at the initial review of the La Hacienda Gran Robusto back on March 14, 2016 and it received a score of 92. But this version is better. I held the score of 94 for the final third. This is one to try. A very good cigar. You can purchase them HERE.

Overall Score: 94

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