Warped Cigars will add a new line featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper at least year’s IPCPR show. Beneath that are Nicaraguan tobaccos from AGANORSA: a corojo 99 binder, and corojo 99 from Jalapa and criollo 98 fillers. Villa Sombra is offered in two sizes: Mojitos (5 1/2 x 44, $8.80) and Mecedora (5 1/4 x 50, $9). Both sizes are offered in boxes of 25. Today we are reviewing the Warped Villa Sombra | Mojitos.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
It started shipping to a limited amount of retailers on July 21 with a full release taking place at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & trade Show, and further shipments going out on Aug. 1. Villa Sombra is produced at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA).
The Villa Sombra is the company’s first Connecticut Shade cigar. 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.
Ring Gauge: 44
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Blender: Kyle Gellis
Number of reviewers: 4 – Jeff R. (JR) Eric (smalls29) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf) Derek (StogieNinja)
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: July 2016
Contributed by: Blind Man’s Puff
“Beautiful Connecticut wrapper with healthy veins. Love the triple cap.” –Jeff R. (JR)
“I am detecting a sweet chocolate aroma with hints of coffee in the background. Very pleasing.” –Eric (smalls29)
“The sweet chocolate smell prior to lighting has led to a wonderful mocha flavor. The tastes of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee are the dominant flavors here. The bonus is the wonderful coffee after taste left in the mouth between draws. The flavors are nicely balanced and wonderful. So far this is an enjoyable cigar.” –Eric (smalls29)
“Very nutty and creamy from the start! Some pepper and a light sweetness. Cinnamon spice shows on the retrohale. It’s a decent start.” –Derek (StogieNinja)
“The progression of this cigar is very similar to actually drinking a mocha. You start off with a wonderful chocolate and coffee flavor and as you slowly drink the mocha, the chocolate slowly disappears and you are left with just the coffee flavor. At this point I can sill taste the chocolate but the coffee flavor is taking over. Still enjoyable and flavorful, if you like coffee. Good thing I do.” –Eric (smalls29)
“Still lots of cream and nuts. Almost no pepper, with a slighly syrupy sweetness. Baking spices on the retrohale. Not a lot of change from the first third, but that’s ok, as its a nice profile.” –Derek (StogieNinja)
“The final portion of this cigar had one really nice flavor shift. The smoke became creamy and developed a bit of sweetness, reminding me of a dollop of whipped cream. There was no other real flavor shift, leaving me slightly sweet, creamy tobacco.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Into the final third, a sourdough bread note joins the nuts and creaminess. The sweetness has all but vanished, which is actually an improvement. Some leather and just a hint of pepper in the background. This is without a doubt the best third of the cigar.” –Derek (StogieNinja)
“No effort needed. A wonderful experience.” –Eric (smalls29)
“The burn was sharp, crisp, and required no touch ups. No issues here.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Draw and burn were both problem-free, and the appearance was nice as well.” –Derek (StogieNinja)
Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 88
“You know how good the humidor smells at your local brick & mortar shop? That’s how good this cigar tastes.” –Jeff R. (JR)
“Regardless of the chocolate flavors disappearing, this was still an enjoyable cigar. The entire experience was like drinking a mocha. You start off with wonderful flavors of semi sweet chocolate and coffee only to have the chocolate slowly fade away. Over time the coffee became stronger and in the end you are left with the bitter coffee flavor and after-taste. I would love to have this one again and smoke with a mocha or flavored latte.” –Eric (smalls29)
“This cigar was not unpleasant to smoke but it really didn’t have anything to offer that would bring me back for another sampling. For me this would be at the lower spectrum of something I’d select while working in the yard…nothing more.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
“Overall it was a very pleasant cigar. Solidly good, and very good in the final third, It’s not a great cigar, but it is a good one, and I’d be interested in smoking another perhaps with a slightly lower rH to see if that helps loosen the draw, and ease the burn a bit.” –Derek (StogieNinja)
Smoking Time (in minutes): 55
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