Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44

Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44

Warped Cigars
Country: USA (Miami)
Wrapper: Ecuador (Deflorada)
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 5 1/2” x 44
Strength: medium
Price: $14.50

Overall Rating: 9.3

With so many boutique brands on the market being started by cigar industry celebrities, it is rare for a new brand to burst onto to the scene with the kind of quality, style, character and positive press that Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars has. While many boutiques fail to live up to the hype, Warped seems to surpass the hype. Although owner Kyle Gellis’ company began in 2009, in the last year and a half the company has really come into its own. With cigars coming from El Titan de Bronze and Casa Fernandez, Warped has quickly gained a reputation for flavorful high quality cigars with a unique character. The company has yet to produce a mediocre or even average cigar, and is sure to have multiple cigars on many peoples “Best of” lists for some time to come.

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The Warped La Colmena is a cigar that manages to be both traditionally classic and uniquely new at the same time. Rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami by category 9 rollers from Cuba, the La Colmena is a cigar with a very traditional look. The La Colmena is a complex cigar with flavors of oak, nuts, citrus, herbal spice and white pepper making for a wonderful smoking experience. The name La Colmena translated to “the Beehive,” which seems appropriate both because of the entubado bunching and sweetness of the cigar. The La Colmena is definitely worth taking the time to seek out.

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Pre-Light: The Warped La Colmena Amado No. 44 harkens back to Cuban cigars of old, with its pigtail cap, covered foot and entubado bunching. The small orange and brown band has a strong Miami Art Deco look to it, and captures the beehive name of the cigar while standing out nicely against the honeycomb colored wrapper. This is one of those cases where the band and the cigar seem to be a perfect match for each other, rather than the band being a simple afterthought.

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There is a sweet cedar and hay aroma to the delicate Ecuadorian wrapper of the La Colmena. A slightly tight cold draw allows through flavors of cinnamon and graham cracker.

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Burn: The burn on the La Colmena is razor sharp from start to finish. An easy draw generates a good deal of flavorful smoke. The ash on the cigar does tend to fall of unexpectedly, so watch your clothing.

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Flavor: Upon lighting up the La Colmena, there is a burst of attention catching white pepper. There is then a mix of sweet woods and roasted nuts that seem to form the core of the first third’s favor. Occasionally, there is a hint of lemon citrus that really compliments the white pepper notes. At the transition to the second third of the cigar, there is a slight herbal spice that briefly joins the white pepper while fading back into the background. The strength of the cigar picks up to a surprising level around the halfway point, and is just barely on the cusp of full. The second third of the La Colmena is dominated by oak and white pepper, but there are also subtler background notes of walnut, cashew, honey and wheat toast. On the retrohale, mild white pepper and herbal spice are easily detectable. The final third of the La Colmena seen the slight lemon citrus note pop back up occasionally, while the white pepper and oak remain fairly consistent. The La Colmena is a wonderfully flavorful cigar.

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Overall: The Warped La Colmena is a special kind of cigar. There is a wonderful mix of oak, white pepper, lemon citrus and nuts that coalesce into a unique flavor profile. Many times when a cigar is hyped on Twitter and Instagram it is a disappointment in reality, but the La Colmena is a great cigar that is certainly worth seeking out. Personally, I loved the La Colmena. Whenever I reach the end of the cigar I find myself disappointed that it did not last longer. Just smoking this cigar makes me wish I was in West Palm Beach on the deck at The Breakers or sipping Cuban coffee in Abacoa. Unfortunately, the price is may be a little high for some smokers (although we don’t take that into account when reviewing cigars). Still, the complexity and quality of this El Titan de Bronze rolled cigar makes the price seem reasonable. I highly suggest giving the La Colmena a chance, because it is a really wonderful cigar. Warped has set a high standard with the La Colmena, and I’m enthusiastic about future releases from Kyle Gellis’ company.

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Pairing: I suggest trying the La Colmena with a sparkling water, as this allows the full complexity of the cigar to come through. This is a cigar that goes really well with a cup of Cuban coffee or espresso. I’ve also found that a nice sipping rum like the Zafra 21 really adds a whole different level of enjoyment to this cigar.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)