Top 9 Cigars of 2019: #3 Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

 

Over the  next 9 days we’re counting down our picks for the top 9 cigars of 2019. Some of these cigars are new and some are not and all cigars were aged in our humidors a minimum of 2 weeks. All of the cigars selected achieved a minimum rating of “Boxworthy” and achieved the highest marks in all 10 of our recommendation criteria.- In Fumo Pax!

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Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

 

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  • Profile: Medium
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length / Ring Gauge: 5.25″ x 50
  • Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98
  • Price: $9.12 [Box $228.00]
  • Box: 25
  • Other Vitolas: N/A

 

The rich, seamless golden-brown hue of the Corojo skin is eye-catching and imparts enticing aromas of honeysuckle, cocoa and citrus. Construction is solid, though I found the draw to be on the tight side, but not unpleasant. The oily 1988 came to life with an overtly savory essence punctuated by notes of charred wood and black pepper. Swirling around creamy underpinnings are leathery notes with hints of citrus and caramel preceding a long, rich woody finish. All transitions offer outstanding complexity, near perfect balance and a lush, delicious coffee-based finish that becomes the anchor throughout. This thing is just plain delicious.

 

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