Team Cigar Review: Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle

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Cigar Details: Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle

  • Vitola: Belicoso
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: TABSA
  • Blender: Kyle Gellis
  • Price: $12.95
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Warped

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle is light brown and carries a few raised veins. The seams are very well blended and hardly visible. The head is a 109 style and finished very well. The band is the traditional design for the line. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of hay and white pepper while the foot brings wood, leather, tobacco sweetness and light white pepper. The pre-light draw has all of the same notes as the foot aroma and the white pepper carries a medium level spiciness on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle has a 109 style cap and a silky, smooth, cinnamon colored wrapper. The Flor del Valle band is ornate with gold, white and blue colors throughout. Nosing the wrapper, I pick up graham cracker, sweet cedar, vegetal components, honey and raisin. That raisin is intensified along with plum in the foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle has a Colorado Claro wrapper shade giving way to a natural espresso brown. Look and feel of the cigar is good as veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and conde 109 style of head finished off with a well adhered triple cap. Aromas from the wrapper give dank barnyard, hay and baking spices. Aromas from the foot tell rich nuttiness and cedar. Cold draw gives nuts and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with a mix of wood, sharp cinnamon and light creaminess. At a quarter inch in, the sharpness from the cinnamon has gone away and the component flavors are now melding together. At a half inch in, the creaminess has morphed into a mustiness. At an inch in, the wood and mustiness are even up front while the cinnamon is pretty faint in the background. The retrohale carries toasted oak and mustiness. At an inch and a quarter, the wood becomes fairly drying while the mustiness remains and the cinnamon is no longer detectable. As the third comes to a close, some dry earth joins the dry wood and mustiness. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

Graham cracker opens the first third, sweet cedar with lingering cry cedar to finish. White pepper lingers on my lips and the tip of my tongue. Cocoa, spices, cedar and white pepper on the retrohale with some light background sourness anchoring the retrohale. That initial complexity seems to fall off rapidly as the cigar settles in. The mid profile sour components build to light plus, almost medium minus and begins to take away from the other flavors. 15 minutes in, the white pepper has faded away along with the graham cracker, leaving only cedar as the primary flavor. Just under the 30 minute mark, some light white pepper returns on the middle of my tongue.

First Third

The first third has core flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, baking spices and cedar. Surrounding that flavor are softer notes such as bread and nuts. Retrohaling has more intense black pepper and some hints of cherries. The finish is a heavy hand of black pepper, baking spices and cedar. Body is medium and strength is near medium-full.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the profile of dry wood, earth and mustiness continues on. At a half inch in, the wood becomes more defined as oak and gains a toasted note and loses the dryness. The dry earth is still present which maintains some overall dryness to the profile. The retrohale maintains the toasted oak and mustiness and has gained some dry earth. At an inch and a quarter, the dry earth picks up a bit, making the overall profile pretty dry. The profile maintains itself through the end of the third. The strength in this third remained right at medium.

Second Third

Sour cedar takes the cigar into the second third. As the cigar settles in, the sour component starts to fall off with cedar replacing it. Mild graham cracker pushes through again on the retrohale. The remainder of the second third is the cedar with mild graham cracker on the retrohale.

Second Third

The second third transitions for the worse as the profile is sharper with black pepper, baking spices and cedar. The softer notes of bread and nuts is a far distant past as I approach the last third. Strength moves into a consistent medium plus while body stays medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the toasted oak, very dry earth and mustiness continue on. At a half inch in, the mustiness has taken the lead in the profile which cuts down on the dryness slightly. The retrohale is now just musty oak. At an inch and a quarter, the cigar warms up a bit bringing some mintiness to the profile. The cigar wraps up with the mustiness, toasted oak and and dry earth. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

Dry cedar is again the flavor carrying the cigar into the last third. Some bitterness and earth joins the profile as the cigar settles in. No other flavor evolution through the last third.

Final Third

Nothing new to call out for the final third. Still a medium-full strength, medium body profile of sharper black pepper, baking spices and cedar with virtually no soft notes.

Burn

The burn was pretty bad. The burn line was off in the first third but self corrected. In the second third, the cigar began to struggle staying lit and required at least six re-lights.

Burn

The burn is quite perfect through the entire smoking experience. Ash consistently falling off at just over the 1″ mark each time.

Burn

Burn performance was very good aside from some fairly flaky ashes. The pluses are relatively even burn, cool burning temperature and good level of smoke production.

Draw

The draw was fairly snug the entire way, but I’m not sure it caused any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with wood, cinnamon and cream and the cream transitioned to mustiness fairly quickly. The cinnamon left near the end of the third and the profile moved to toasted oak, dry earth and mustiness and maintained that the rest of the way. Construction wasn’t very good with the poor burn and tight draw. The flavor profile of the Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle was quite linear and got pretty boring early on. I doubt that this is a cigar I’d return to. It also reminded me quite a bit of the Aganorsa Leaf Ground n Pound Knuckle Sandwich. Not saying they are the same, they just smoked very similar.

Draw

The draw is very good with just 1-1/2 notches of resistance.

Overall

The flavor profile never seemed to take off on the Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle. The initial few minutes had me hopeful for a good or very good experience, but it stalls after that start. The profile settled into a sour and cedar combination eventually just becoming primarily cedar. As has been my experience with previous Warped cigars, the burn and construction reflect a high standard. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 54 minutes.

Draw

Draw was perfect, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

The Warped Flor del Valle Seleccion de Valle was an overall average experience. The first third was good, giving it a quintessential Aganorsa style of Corojo goodness. But past that mark, the profile really deteriorated the further I got into the cigar. A gradual decline as sharpness and unrefined harshness took over the softer notes. In my opinion, definitely stick to the other vitolas within the Flor del Valle line.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.23

Cost/Point

$3.06

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.60

Cost/Point

$2.31

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.16

Scoring System

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