The wrapper looks a little marbled between medium brown and light brown. There are a few veins present that carry a very fine black line on them. The seams are nearly invisible which is a bit of a surprise due to the marbling and veins that are visible. There are also three very well applied caps. A single band that is a pinkish purple with gold bordering that carries the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a slightly sweet hay while the foot is a faintly sweet tobacco. The pre-light draw brings a bit of leather with faint sweet hay in the background. There is also a decent spicy tingle on my lips.
The Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 5712 has a construction paper consistency Colorado Claro wrapper shade. Seams are tight and veins well pressed. The cigar feels well bunched and rolled as there are no soft spots and a uniformed give throughout. The parejo head is capped off with a thick triple layer. Nosing the wrapper gives hay, barnyard and spicy cedar. Nosing the foot gives dry nuts and a touch of dry white pepper spice. Cold draw tells cedar and dry cardboard.
Initial draws bring a very full dose of spicy cinnamon and wood. At a quarter inch in, the cinnamon settles down a bit and the wood gains an aged note to it. The retrohale has cinnamon up front with wood in the background. At a half inch in, a slight bit of cream joins the profile. At three quarters of an inch in, the cinnamon has completely left the profile leaving a slightly creamy aged wood. The retrohale has transitioned away from the cinnamon as well and now has some mustiness ahead of the wood. As the end of the third nears, the wood is very full with a slight hint of cream which makes for a very nice mix. The strength in this third is slightly above medium.
The first third has full and easily distinguishable notes of toasted wood, dry nuts, medium bodied sweet cream, black coffee and dry earth minerality. Spice delivery is on the medium plus side, layering the entire tongue and rear palate. As the first third progresses, the black pepper note increases but never overbearing. Through the nose, nasal clearing black pepper, sharp cedar and dry nuts. The finish is a mixture of bread and dry nuts with black pepper on the rear palate. In terms of strength, somewhere in between medium and medium-full. Body is at a consistent medium.
As this third begins, the cream leaves the profile and the wood becomes a bit drying. At a half inch in, the wood begins to taste a little stale with a slight ashiness. Three quarters of an inch in, some cream comes back to the profile and the ashiness changes to a slight bitterness. As the third comes to a close, some ashiness comes back into the background along with the slight bitterness while the wood is up front. The retrohale now consists of oak. The strength in this third is medium-full.
The second third still shows a tasty profile but a decrease in complexities and nuances. The main notes represented are toasted wood, slight wood bitterness and medium body sweet cream. The retrohale remains unchanged still providing nasal clearing black pepper, sharp cedar and dry nuts. The finish consists of bread, dry nuts, black pepper on the rear palate and wood bitterness. Both body and strength is at the medium mark.
As this third begins, the wood becomes more defined as oak and has a toastiness to it. At a half inch in, some cream joins in with the toasty oak. The retrohale also consist of the toasty oak. At three quarters of an inch in, some bitterness joins in with the cream and toasty oak. As the cigar comes to a close, the bitterness fades away and leaves the slightly creamy and toasty oak. The strength in this third was medium-full.
The last third continuously shows a decrease in complexities and nuances, namely providing harsh bitter wood, dry wood, mixed dry nuts, tapered black pepper and bread. The retrohale still has heavy black pepper, cedar and dry nuts. The finish is comprised of tapered black pepper, wood bitterness and dry wood. Body and strength remains unchanged at the medium mark.
The burn went off pretty far from the start and required a touch-up. After that, it was fairly wavy the rest of the way. Ash held on in one inch increments.
The burn was overall very good. Total smoking time came in at a respectable one hour. Burn line and ash was spectacular with a sharp burn and solid ashes averaging 1.5 inch increments.
The draw had just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
The first third started off with some wonderful flavors, but as it got into the second third, the profile became average and remained that way. With how things started I had hoped things would continue that way, but it wasn’t meant to be. Other than some portions of the wrapper not wanting to burn, performance was pretty good. Strength level was medium and up, so it’s not quite in the wheelhouse of low strength smokers, but those that enjoy a fuller strength may find this very appealing. I’m definitely interested in revisiting to see if I can get the experience of the first third for more of the cigar.
The draw was perfect. Cutting the cigar in line with the ring gauge of the cigar yielded the perfect draw.
Similar to the experience I had with the Warped Villa Sombra Mojitos, this cigar started out with an array of wonderful flavors but deteriorated as each third progressed. The wood harshness and bitterness starting from the second third and ending in intensity within the last third was disappointing, as it was a major note. Given this, I’d like to try this cigar again after proper humidor time in half a year to a year. But at this point, I won’t be smoking more anytime soon.
Barak-Har Elkin - November 12, 2017
Just FYI: I’ve found the 5205 to be a much finer smoke than either of the other two vitolas, even the corona (MT)-laced 6102R. Could be that the MT needs time to get where it should be, could be that the slimmer “Corona” ring gauge is more suitable to the blend, could be that my palate is off, or could be whatever else might come forward in the 5205 that’s not highlighted enough in the others. Hell, with the unreliability of tracing real-world flavours to real-world tobaccos that do not actually contain those flavours, it could be any number of reasons in addition to those I’ve mentioned. One complaint I do have, which may be the fault of me, the tobacco store, the distributor, or no-one at all, is the uneven nature of the taste among individual 5205 cigars. Out of two five-packs, smoking one a day, every day, and smoking them as first cigar of the day, an average of three sticks out of each five-pack were “flavour-bombs”—and by this I mean that the flavours in them went beyond the flavours you can find in any cigar out there, and that they claimed their individual cigar-ness, whatever the hell that means. But this could easily be explained by said five-packs being drawn from different boxes with different conditions affecting each of them en route to the final point of sale. But all that said, the Maestro Del Tiempo 5205 is the only Warped® cigar which I would even consider buying in >10-count box-quantity so far (in addition to the MDT in its three vitolas, I’ve smoked the Futuro EE, Flor Del Valle Sky Flower & Cristales, Colmena #36 & Reina, Lirio Rojo, Oso CG, & Hacienda Superiores). Having written what might seem like a partially negative comment here, I should add that it isn’t meant as such. The MDT-5205 is really one of my favourites, and I think everybody should buy some. Now! (For context, the palate that produced this review usually likes Padrón Delicias & 1964-Superior [both in maduro], Fuente 858 & Hem-Sig [both in Cameroon], the old Camacho Coyolar, Ezra Zion’s Tantrum Passive Aggressive, Viva Republica’s Advanced Warfare Petite Corona, Partagás Black Label Maximo Tubo, and Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica Brujito. As to what it dislikes, that’s best kept between the hater & the birds).