Cigar Review: Warped El Oso “Papa”

Cigar Review: Warped El Oso “Papa”

Warped Cigars
Country: USA (Miami)
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 48
Strength: medium
Price: $12.50

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Overall Rating: 9.0

Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars has been producing some of the best new boutique cigars on the market. The El Oso is a great medium bodied cigar, manufactured at the well respected El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. The El Oso comes in 10 count boxes, and only 150 cigars are produced per day by El Titan’s category 9 rollers. Especially in the belicoso vitola, the El Oso is flavorful cigar that is certain to impress even the most sophisticated cigar enthusiast. If you’re unfamiliar with the Warped brand, the Warped El Oso “Papa” is a worth searching for.


Pre-Light: Belicoso shaped with a sharp point at the head of the cigar, the El Oso is a beautifully constructed cigar. The dark chocolate brown wrapper sets off the simple blue and silver band perfectly. The band on the El Oso manages it be simple, classy, beautiful and perfectly themed all at the same time. A blue bear with a crown sits in the center of a silver background.


A mild mix of leather, cedar and spice comes from the unlit wrapper of the El Oso. There is a slight chocolate scent to the unlit foot of the cigar. A very easy cold draw allows through wonderful chocolate flavors with hints of cedar and pepper.


Burn: Like everything coming from the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, the Warped El Oso is  wonderfully constructed. The entubado bunching allows for a perfect draw. The cigar puts out a good deal of flavorful smoke. A fine white ash clings nicely to the El Oso “Papa” as it burns.


Flavor: The Warped El Oso begins with flavors of leather, black pepper and sweet chocolate. On the retrohale there is a mingling of black pepper and leather that is not too strong. An interesting sweetness that occurs during the first third that calls to mind images of Hawaiian sugar cane. The first third During the transition to the second third of the El Oso there is a great occurrence in the background of the cigar’s flavor profile. Leather, pepper and chocolate still dominate, but cornucopia of background flavors that seem to occur in varying degrees including dark cherries, coffee, cedar, anise, earth, hay and grass. The final third is a mix of pepper, leather and sweet chocolate that increase in strength through to the end.


Overall: Warped has had some very impressive releases such as the La Colmena, and the El Oso is yet another wonderful cigar. Flavorful with just the right amount of pepper, the El Oso is a cigar that should age quite well. Personally, I enjoyed the El Oso a great deal. I’m quickly jumping on the Warped bandwagon. While I’ve smoked the El Oso in every vitola, the larger “Papa” belicosso is the vitola that showcases the blend in the best possible way. If you’re going to try the El Oso a try, I highly suggest trying the “Papa” before trying the “Mama” or “Cub” sizes. While some smokers may think the price is a bit much, considering the quality of the cigar and that it is made in Miami, the price is actually quite fair. With production limited to only 150 cigars per day, the Warped El Oso is not an easy cigar to come by, but is definitely worth seeking out.


Pairing: A cup of cappuccino or espresso pairs extremely well with the El Oso. The scotch drinker will find the Tobermory 10 or Bunnahabhan 12 pair quite nicely.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)