Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’98 and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98
Factory: TABSA (Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.)
Price Range: $11-$14
Availability: Releases when Medio Tiempo leaf is available
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For the last two months, I’ve had this Warped Sky Flower on hand and have been itching to review it. @lccj2008 says it tastes like S’mores, and it’s generally passed around the Warped Fan Club as being an outstanding cigar.
Even though it’s under the Flor de Valle name, Sky Flower sports a slightly different band because it’s a slightly different cigar. Cigar Coop reports on it here. Apparently Sky Flower uses “some of Aganorsa’s prized high priming medio tiempo primings into the blends.”
I’m pairing this today with a new drink from the Sirens, an iced Latte Macchiato.
Warped Sky Flower – First Thoughts
The wrapper itself has a very woodsy aroma to it. Like going for a walk through home depot. The foot, though, smells like a dream! Marshmallow, vanilla, I’m even picking up what reminds me of a faint Linen smell in candles. Rolling with a shallow straight cut this morning.
Warped Sky Flower – First Third
Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Toasted Graham Crackers, Vanilla, Cream, Milk Chocolate,
Holy moly! Flor de Valle is my go-to Wednesday offering to the Warped Gods for #WarpedWednesday. This Sky Flower, though, needs to be added to the rotation asap. Lots of flavors reminding me of camping with the kids.
Very first puff is smooth, gentle, and filled with graham cracker and marshmallow. @lccj2008 you nailed it buddy! Haven’t had much chocolate yet, but this is wonderful. Subsequent puffs are stronger, rougher, and taste like toasted graham cracker. The retrohale kicks like a mule early on.
There’s grittiness to the smoke making it very textured and enjoyable. Warped Skyflower is savory despite my initial preconception based off the wrapper and foot inspection.
Imagine if you tried to make S’mores in the house and decided to warm the graham cracker up a bit in the oven. Then imagine that you toasted the shit out of it. THAT is how this cigar is tasting right now! Sounds weird? I promise it’s not.
I just took a moment to order a box of these. They’re that good!
As I get past the first inch, the mule kick of a retrohale subsides and the toasted graham cracker becomes less toasted and sweeter. Vanilla, cream, and a faint trace of milk chocolate work their way into this cigar.
There’s only one problem with this cigar: the binder/filler are burning quicker than the wrapper. Makes it want to go out on me, and twice now I’ve tapped the ash off and touched it up with the torch.
Whereas the original Flor de Valle is more subtle, delicate even, the Sky Flower tends to be more in your face and flavorful. I think of Warped as producing sophisticated, subtle cigars yet this one maintains plenty of sophistication without having to be discerning.
Warped Sky Flower – Second Third
Burnt Caramel, Flan, Grilled Steak, Toasted Marshmallow
NOTE: You can always tell when it’s about to need a little torch work, because the toasted graham cracker yields quickly to that sweet, soft, vanilla profile. Figured I would go ahead and scorch the wrapper up a bit on the latest relight, see if that helps it keep up some.
Entering the second third, and using the above noted procedure, I’m pleasantly surprised that the toasted graham cracker notes have transitioned into more of a burnt caramel profile. It’s sweeter, creamier, less gritty, and smoother than the first third. Like a flan with caramel that was cooked a little too much. Again, sounds weird? Nope! It’s great.
Oh yeah… been loving this cigar with a Latte, but just popped the cork on some Zaya rum and BOOM! Any and all toasted or burnt flavors are removed and we’re left with a superb flan flavor! Zaya and Sky Flower would make a perfect dessert pairing!
Now back to coffee. Because it’s 1100 am. Approaching the half way mark and we’re back to the camp fire flavors of the first third. So much about this reminds me of camping… Flavors like the crunchy bit off grilled steak. Flavors like toasted marshmallow. Flavors like toasted graham cracker. Even the smoke off the foot brings back memories of walking through the woods in the evening.
It’s very smooth now, and the retrohale is no longer punishing. Picking up woodsy notes when blowing it through the nose, again like camping and cooking with wood chips.
Getting sweet vanilla notes again, and sure enough! Sky Flower needs a touch up. Quick reading suggests that it’s a bad lighting method that causes this, but I’ve gotta say that this is the first time I’ve noticed an issue. Not sure of the exact cause, but I don’t think it’s how I light the cigar.
Warped Sky Flower – Last Third
Oak, Brazil Nuts, Almond Nougat, Toasted Graham Cracker, Caramel
As we begin the last third of the Sky Flower, I’ve gotta say that despite the wrapper / burn issues it’s been a pleasant experience. Also, despite not having a lot of transitions and mostly holding to a toasted graham cracker profile, I’m not bored with it.
Beginning the last third as always and dropping the ash, Sky Flower opens up with an interesting Oak note. We’ve continued to progressively become smoother and easier to retrohale. After yet another torching, we’re greeted with a distinct Brazil Nut flavor when blown through the nose.
It’s interesting how what was a very dry smoke earlier, is now oiler and thicker. The cigar isn’t spongy, but the texture of the smoke has changed. While the strength has depreciated noticeably, the presence (body) of the cigar has amplified.
There’s an almondy nougat flavor developing amidst the toasted graham cracker background as well.
Rum? Ok. Man, Zaya really is a winner with the Sky Flower. Brings out so many nuances of vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, and even kettle corn in the last third.
Back to coffee, and with a little less than two inches left there’s still plenty of caramel, graham cracker, and an Oaky presence.
Near Perfect Draw
Wrapper burns slower than Binder/Filler
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