Last week I had the pleasure of smoking both the Warped Corto and Futuro right off the truck at my favorite cigar lounge, Governors Cigar & Pipe.  I made an immediate appointment with Clinton to do a side-by-side review of the Warped Corto this morning.

Warped Corto

My initial impression was that the Warped Corto was almost like a Futuro Fuerte – a stronger, more flavorful version of the same.  Today we’ll be picking it apart a little more carefully and giving it our utmost attention.  I’m excited to see how it smokes on it’s own, instead of as a second to the Futuro.

We’re pairing this cigar today with espresso and the Governor – espresso, milk, and white/dark chocolate from Union Mill Coffee in Monroe, LA.  Kyle, from Warped, suggested we pair it with espresso.

Warped Corto – First Third

Clinton:  Dry, and a little spicy with an acidic twang.  At the end of the first third it’s not quite as dry and smoothes out with leather, earth, and dark cocoa.

Dave:  My initial thoughts Dry, leathery, robust and powerful.  In your face without overpowering the senses.  Glad I picked this one up again today, it’s perfect with our coffee pairings.  There’s not a lot of spice up front except through the retrohale, and I’m not sure I’d call this a full bodied cigar.

Definitely a full flavor cigar, but more of a medium body at first.  Retrohale is a little harsh, hard to distinguish the differences because of the kick.  I’m picking up more earth than coffee.

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Warped Corto – Second Third

Clinton:  I’m picking up some sweetness.  Almost a mix between vanilla and marshmellow sweetness.  The body itself is getting fuller and it’s no longer dry.  God it’s good. It’s almost oily like the Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, just not as thick.  Weird because it’s not an oily cigar.  Now it’s making me think of a full-bodied Connecticut wrapper sweetness, reminding me of the San Latano wrapper’s buttery sweetness.

Dave:  Ashed it upon entering the second third and definitely found that mellowness that Clinton was talking about.  It’s definitely getting sweeter, easier to retrohale, almost a maduro like sweetness. Just before the halfway mark and I’m picking up that barnyard flavor that you can smell off the Futuro wrapper.  Very subtle, but it’s there. It’s moving back and forth between a dry leather and a wetter, more full bodied hay and barnyard profile for me.  Really quite enjoyable.

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Approaching the exact halfway mark, and there’s a definite coffee flavor present.  Maybe an Americano with a touch of milk.  It’s not in your face, it’s more laid back and keeps you guessing.

The Warped Corto is complex in both the flavors present and in how quickly the entire experience changes.

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Warped Corto – Last Third

Clinton:  The smoke coming off the wrapper is almost like beef jerky.  On the last third there’s a roasted coffee flavor on the finish.  Dark roast more than espresso.  Definitely coffee on the finish with some dark chocolate – it’s a lingering, long finish.

After removing the band, Clinton says the retrohale is smooth going out, but has a little sting on the after effects.  The sweetness continues to diminish and it’s a little dryer with more coffee flavor-forward.  The finish is a lot dryer with a little pepper.

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Dave:  A little hay might be in the background with more of a coffee profile.  Sometimes it’s creamy like a latte, and other times it’s a little sharper like an espresso.  It’s constantly changing between a dry, tickle the back of your throat experience, and a wetter, sweeter experience.  When I say wet, I mean how the smoke feels in your mouth – like a Guinness Draught instead of Guinness Stout.

Espresso definitely brought out the sweetness for both of us again at the end.  It gives a different texture to the cigar in general, almost like a creme or cream, masking any possible bitterness.

And then it hits us…. Caramel!  Clinton reminds me that caramel is just butter and sugar and it’s exactly what we’ve both been trying to describe for the last 10-15 minutes.

Excellent way to finish this amazing Warped Corto experience.

Warped Corto Review
9 Reviewer
9.3 Cigar Noise Network (8 votes)
Pros

Complex

Full flavor

Great with coffee/espresso

Cons

Burned uneven

Summary
The Warped Corto is my favorite offering from Warped to date. Flavorful, powerful, complex, highly enjoyable!
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What Other Folks Are Saying: 8 Make some Noise
My first Warped...definitely won't be my last!
I was really excited to try this as my first Warped cigar because I'm a huge fan of box pressed cigars. The draw on this was perfect, the burn perfect...and the flavor was awesome. I got some nice caramel and roasted nutty flavors. I will definitely be smoking more of these in the future!
March 31, 2016, 4:09 am
Value9.3
Burn10
Draw10
Flavor10
Enjoyment9.4
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I've now smoked three of these beauties with the same nuances each time, and unfortunately, the same issues each time. The good~ tasty stick from foot to cap. For me it was very dry and leathery the entire first third. At the third mark, my last stick got a purge and the mellow began with what I can only describe as light coffee with lots of cream. 2nd third was smooth and offered consistent flavor throughout. I found the retrohale a bit harsh quite frankly. That was surprising from what I found to be a mild-medium bodied cigar IMO. Last third, one more purge, and the stick became a bit fuller bodied and I started catching some sweet notes...like caramel sweetness. That sweetness was very understated however. All three Corto's were nubbed! Now, the bad...burn line corrections needed on all three offerings and not just once. It was very uneven and the last one I smoked tried real hard to run on me. All in all, this would only be a morning smoke for me, albeit a damn nice one. I can live with the burn line issues as long as I'm not having to torch the delicious wrapper endlessly.
March 23, 2016, 7:30 pm
Value8.5
Burn7
Draw9.5
Flavor9.3
Enjoyment9
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This smoke was a new one for me acquired it from Small Batch's new COTM. Really a great small compact smoke. Prelight had a nice aroma of sweet caramel n light hay aroma. Cigar started w black and red pepper that was fairly strong especially on retro hale. The corto then settled in nicely w a touch of spice n rich creaminess w light caramel notes. The ash was solid holding on for a inch at s time n was a nice grey white ash. Cigar transitioned well into some sweet light fruit flavors that I really enjoyed. This thing smoked like a chimney on a cold winter morning with it just pouring from the foot. Burn line has been exceptional from start to finish. This cigar was the strongest from the warped line that I have tried to this point. The body of the cigar lasts a long time leaving a nice finish. Would definetly say this cigar is on the medium/full range just the way i like them. Really enjoyed this cigar and will be purchasing more in the near future
March 10, 2016, 12:57 am
Value8.6
Burn9.5
Draw9.3
Flavor8.8
Enjoyment8.9
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another great cigar by warped
definitely agree that the cigar became more complex as you progress through the thirds. instead of identifying caramel at the end, it was more like a toasted pecan pie flavour for me. still very good. didn't have burn issues and was an enjoyable smoke throughout.
January 25, 2016, 2:58 pm
Value9
Burn10
Draw10
Flavor10
Enjoyment9
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Great little stick it surprised me with all the flavor burning right threw them
December 5, 2015, 12:02 pm
Value8.7
Burn9
Draw9.3
Flavor9.3
Enjoyment10
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Damn tasty stick! Great review, I was looking for Caramel, and found it. Great flavors, love the size as well. Going to make for a kick ass winter stogie!
November 4, 2015, 11:51 pm
Value9
Burn9
Draw9.4
Flavor9.3
Enjoyment9.4
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Great review! Can't wait to try it. The flavor profile sounds right up my alley.
November 2, 2015, 9:59 pm
Value8.9
Burn9.1
Draw8.5
Flavor9.9
Enjoyment9.7
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Awesome stick. Didn't have the burn issues with mine. Maybe got lucky. Started and ended great.
November 2, 2015, 7:01 pm
Value9
Burn9
Draw9.8
Flavor9.5
Enjoyment9.5
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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