Cigar Review: Warped Flor del Valle “Sky Flower”

Cigar Review: Warped Flor del Valle “Sky Flower”

Warped Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo ’99)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo ’99 & Criollo ’98)
Size: 5 5/8” x 48
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $12.50

Overall Rating: 9.6

Warped Cigars has been on a role that is quite hard to match, and has produced some amazing cigars like the La Colmena and El Oso, yet even by Warped’s already high standards the Flor de Valle Sky Flower is an amazing cigar. While it is similar in profile to the rest of the Flor del Valle line, the Sky Flower makes use of high priming medio tiempo tobacco that only grows on a small percentage of tobacco plants. As medio tiempo is a high priming leaf, it gets more sunlight and nutrients than the rest of the plant, and tends to produce a fuller flavor and strength when used in a cigar. Because of the rarity of the medio tiempo tobacco used the production of the Sky Flower is very limited, yet it also manages to make for one of the best cigars on the market. The Warped Flor del Valle Sky Flower is a wonderfully flavorful and complex cigar that is certain to become a favorite of avid cigar enthusiasts.

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Pre-Light: When it comes to looks the Warperd Flor del Valle Sky Flower is a beautiful cigar. The band is similar to the standard Flor del Valle band (which is one of the best looking bands I’ve ever seen), but is in a black, teal and gold color scheme. The dark Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper has a slight reddish tint to it, and makes the band stand out nicely.

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Notes of spice, leather and wood come from the Corojo wrapper. The unlit foot has a mix of spice, cedar, citrus scents along with a very unique floral note. A fairly easy cold draw allows through flavors of grass, spice and graham cracker.

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Burn: A great draw allows through a good amount of smoke. From start to finish the Sky Flower is an even burning cigar. A beautiful white ash clings tightly to the foot of the cigar.

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Flavor: The Warped Sky Flower begins with some very unique, yet very mellow spice. Almonds, mild cedar and sweet natural tobacco are the main flavors present during the first third of the cigar. Occasional hints of orange peel creep occur then quickly fade before reappearing again later. On the retrohale there’s a great mix of red and black pepper. Although, the flavors in the cigar blend together in such a way that it has one of the most unique flavor profiles I’ve ever experienced. From time to time, there’s a coffee note that is never very strong. In the second third of the Sky Flower, a ground black pepper note mixes with baking spices. There’s a subtle lavender floral note that peeks out from behind almonds, cedar, orange citrus and sweet natural tobacco flavors. During the transition to the final third there’s a sugary sweetness that reminds me of beignets from Cafe Du Monde, and this mixes with a very subtle coffee note to reinforce the Cafe Du Monde memory. Coffee becomes the dominant flavor in the final third of the Warped Sky Flower. The flavor profile is rounded out by almonds, subtle cooking spices, mild red pepper and sweet natural tobacco. The Sky Flower is a very flavorful cigar that’s extremely hard to put down.

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Overall: What Kyle Gellis has been doing with his Warped Cigars has been quite impressive, as they seem to be producing no misses. The Warped Flor del Valle is a great cigar, but the Flor del Valle “Sky Flower” is a phenomenal one. From construction to flavor to price to the 10-count boxes, everything about this cigar is near perfect. It is so extremely complex that it is almost impossible to put a name to all the flavors that occur while smoking the Sky Flower. The cigar manages to be in the sweet spot where a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts can enjoy it. Few people have smoked as many or a wide a variety of cigars as I have in the sixteen years that I’ve been smoking cigars, so it should mean something when I say that the Flor del Valle Sky Flower is one of the best cigars I have ever had the pleasure to smoke. It has quickly become one of my all-time favorite cigars. Personally, I bought a box of Sky Flower when they arrived at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, and then was mad I did not buy more. (I have since rectified that situation somewhat.) The only bad thing I can find about the Warped Flor del Valle Sky Flower is that the production is very small, making it an extremely hard to find cigar. I’d highly suggest picking up the Sky Flower when you can.

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Pairing: The Warped Flor del Valle Sky Flower pair well with a wide range of beverages, however I suggest trying it with a bottle of sparkling water at least once, this is done with all cigars reviewed on to allow more of the flavor to come through. The Sky Flower pairs nicely with a glass of Pinot Noir or other lighter bodied red wine, like the Fess Parker Pinot Noir. The rum drinker will find the Skyflower compliments many Dominican and Cuban sipping rums. A strong cup of coffee or cappuccino pairs very well with the Warped Sky Flower.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)