Cigar Review: Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa Corojo 99)
Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo 99)
Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo 99 & Criollo 98)
Size: 6” x 44
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Overall Rating: 9.1
Warped Cigars has developed a cult following in recent years among avid cigar enthusiasts. With a string of hits like the La Colmena, El Oso, Flor del Valle Sky Flower and Maestro del Tiempo 6102R, this small boutique brand has taken a lot of Top Ten spots, including No. 1 on our Top Ten Cigars of 2015. The latest addition to the long list of limited production hard to find cigars from Kyle Gellis’ company is the Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped.
Pre-Light: The Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo is another beautiful cigar from the collaboration between Warped and Casa Fernandez. The cigar’s black and gold band features an American bulldog, the guardians of Casa Fernandez’s farm. A secondary Selección de Warped band (the same as on the Maestro del Tiempo 6102R) sets the Apollo apart from the rest of the Guardian of the Farm line. The khaki colored Corojo 99 wrapper has a nice bit of oil to it, and is devoid of any large prominent veins.
There’s a strong leathery aroma from the Corojo wrapper of the Guardian of the Farm, with hints of oak and nuts also noticeable. Due to the covered foot of the cigar there are no unique scents coming from the unlit foot. A slightly firm cold draw, likely due to the covered foot, allows through notes of oak, leather, sweet grass, sea salt and subtle spice.
Burn: Once lit, the draw on the Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo is perfect, and allows through plenty of flavorful smoke. From start to finish the burn line on the Apollo is razor sharp. The cigar holds a good quarter or half inch of ash before it falls off without any warning, so when the ash gets to that length it’s important to ash the cigar unless you want a shirt covered in ash.
Flavor: The Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped begins with some pleasant sweet spice, nut and oak notes. As the cigar gets going there is a good mix of spice, oak, leather and nut notes on the palate. On the retrohale there is a mingling of all spice and herbal spice. There’s a blend of sweet and saltiness to the profile of the Guardian of the Farm Apollo. During the transition to the second third of the cigar, the oak flavor begins to come to the foreground, as a coffee-like note joins the existing flavors. Oak, coffee, nuts, subtle hay and mellow spice notes combine together throughout the second third of the cigar. The spice begins to come back as the cigar enters the last third, along with a bit of black pepper. Wood, leather, spice and pepper continue through to the end of the cigar.
Overall: I’ve been a big fan of Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars for some time now. The new Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped is one of those cigars that I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced at the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas. There’s a lot going for the Apollo. The construction of this cigar is phenomenal. While less complex than other cigars in the Warped portfolio, the flavors that are present in the cigar are quite pleasant, especially with the mix of sweetness and spice in the first half of the Guardian of the Farm Apollo. Fans of Warped’s other cigars (especially La Colmena) will find that the Guardian of the Farm Apollo is worth picking up. Personally, I did like the Guardian of the Farm Apollo, but there are other cigars from Warped that I liked more.
Pairing: The Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo goes very well with a coffee of cappuccino, while also pairing nicely with a high quality sipping rum. I personally like the Kirk & Sweeney 12 Yr. Old Rum when it comes to pairing with this cigar. The scotch drinker will find something like the Glenmorangie Lasanta will also compliment the Apollo’s flavor profile.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)