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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great with coffee/espresso
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