JC Newman

March 04, 2022

Warped Nicotina (5 1/2 x 52 Belicoso)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com and Halfwheel.com websites)

Warped Cigars has announced a new addition coming from the TABSA factory in Nicaragua. It’s a Nicaraguan puro using all AGANORSA Leaf tobacco; specifically a corojo 99 wrapper, criollo 98 binder and both varietals in the filler.

The cigar is produced at AGANORSA Leaf’s Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory in Estelí, with Gellis correcting an erroneous report that it was being made at AGANORSA Leaf’s factory in Jalapa.

The name is a reincarnation of an old Cuban brand from 1880, with Gellis adding that this will be a full-bodied blend for his portfolio, though he noted it might not be what the average cigar smoker would consider to be full and powerful.

The Warped Nicotina is described as a full-bodied blend – something many would say was missing in the Warped portfolio. It’s a Nicaraguan puro available in a 5 1/2 x 52 belicoso with a slight box-press. The cigars are presented in 25-count boxes with each cigar priced at $11.00.

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo ’99

Filler: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

County of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.

Vitolas Offered

Box Pressed Belicoso: 5 1/2 x 52

The cigar is slightly box pressed and has a 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 nice orange citrus/peach combination, toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at an 8. Nice sweet start.

At the first third (30 minutes) the cigar continues to be very sweet. The citrus is a little downplayed but the peach is going strong. The toffee is elevated. There is plenty of brown sugar. There is some nutmeg attached to the toffee. And, there is a nice black coffee base. The finish is toffee and a little nutmeg and very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. I rated the first third 95.

Moving through the second third (57 minutes) I had the same flavor notes but the nutmeg became elevated. There is also some leathery black coffee now. The citrus, peach, and brown sugar are still sweet just a little downplayed due to the elevated nutmeg. The toffee is still about the same. The finish is toffee, nutmeg, and leather with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 24 minutes. The only thing that changed in the final third is the cigar reached full bodied. The other flavor notes are still there in the same intensities. The finish is unchanged. For Warped this is a fuller bodied offering. The flavors are very good. I held the score of 94 for the final third. 

Overall Score: 94.33

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