Bite Size Review: Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 5205
Cigetiquette – (si-ˈge-ti-kət) conduct or procedures required by cigar community’s best practices or prescribed by authority to be observed in public and social life.
No, Cigetiquette is not a real word nor is it officially defined. But maybe it should be. We’ve all seen the videos of the ice cream-licking bandit: the guy who casually removes a container of ice cream from the grocery store freezer only to have a lick or two of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, then put it back. Or how ‘bout the people in the grocery store who sip from the self-serve soup ladle at the salad bar as if we’re a community of Vikings drinking from the same bowl– then drop the ladle back in the soup. Yep, they’re out there. Well, some of these same people are wandering the aisles of our favorite tobacconists.
Yes, it’s open season on cigar molesting. I’ve seen them. My friends have seen them. Surely, we’ve all seen the guy who takes a cigar out of the box, shimmies it out of its cellophane and presses it up under his bushy-mustached nose while taking long, labored sniffs – then tosses it back in the box. Or how about the guy whose pre-light ritual includes repeatedly licking the cap and then borrows your cutter while you’re busy picking what looks to be mustache hairs off your new Fuente. Intentional or not, clearly some people are clueless as they sip, lick and fondle public goods with impunity.
When I purchased the cigar for this review, I got to experience shove-cigar-under-nose-then-put-it-back guy firsthand. And it wasn’t just one cigar. All I kept thinking was, “what would John Wick do?,” but I couldn’t find a pencil. So, I stood staring at my tray of cigars and wondered. Nope, all secured, including my lone Lonsdale from Warped: the Maestro Del Tiempo (MDT).
Kyle Gellis’ all-Aganorsa Leaf puro debuted at the 2016 IPCPR show in 2 production sizes – Lonsdale and Rothschild – followed by a limited-run Robusto dubbed 6102R. Translated “Master of Time”, Maestro Del Tiempo is the product of painstaking rummaging through the farms and vaults of Casa Fernandez with a focus on blend, not release scheduling. Warped has held it’s numerical code names close to it’s vest, but cursed with a watch fetish, I recognized the 6102R as a model of watch by Patek Philippe. Sure enough, 5205 and 5712 are also models from the famed Swiss watchmaker. Coincidence? Only “time” will tell.
The aesthetics of the long, elegant body of the MDT is accentuated by it’s caramel hue and seamless roll. Our Lonsdale is oily and lumpy, but for the most part the MDT is solid throughout save for some spongy spots near the foot. Nicely aromatic, the MDT offers notes of leather and a floral essence from the Corojo ’99 wrapper and sweet cocoa from the foot. Unfortunately, the cold draw is annoyingly tight, but still manages to get a raisinesque essence on the palate.
It wasn’t difficult to overlook the tight draw when I was warmly greeted by a fantastic draw of toasted oats followed by a mesmerizing mélange of vanilla bean, oak and graham cracker notes on the retro. The long finish of oats and hints of graham cracker accompany a light spice. A bit of cracked pepper appears late as does a chewy, plumminess that would endure throughout the smoke. The character is warm and light…and delicious. Transitions don’t disappoint as the draw improves to serve up woody profiles mixed with notes of cedar, coffee, almonds and chocolate.
MDT’s combustion is nearly flawless save a wavy burn here and there and the draw improves exponentially through transitions. The ash is strong for most of the smoke but weakens late and our Lonsdale produces a good amount of smoke. The body remains medium and the texture throughout is warm and smooth even as the spice picks up. Complexity is breathtaking at times teasing you to just take a bite out of it – it’s that darn good. When you smoke a really good cigar, the experience not only transcends time, it’s time well spent. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: A third vitola, the 6102R Robusto [5.25”x 48], was released as a limited run with an adjusted blend that features medio tiempo tobacco with availability in only 100-count cabinets (limited to 150).
- Profile: Medium
- Vitola: 5205 [Lonsdale]
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6 3/8″ x 42
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 Clara
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99, Criollo ’98
- Blade: Xikar Xi1
- Fire: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $9.26 [Box $231.50]
- Humidor Age: 10 mo.
- Box: 25
- Other Vitolas: 5712 [Rothschild – 4.5″x52]
N O T E S
Smoke Time: 1:13
Construction: Double cap, seamless; lumpy; oily; some veins; solid but with a spongy foot; caramel coloring; holds 1+” near-white ash; good smoke producer.
- Wrapper – Floral, leather
- Foot – Cocoa
- Cold Draw – Raisinesque
- Initial: Wonderful draw of toasted nuts; notes of vanilla bean and oak on retro; warm finish of toasted oats and a hint of graham cracker (also noted on retro); a chewy, plummy essence; light spice on tongue; hints of cracked pepper; develops notes of baked bread on finish/retro; finish becomes more nutty.
- Transition: (Draw improves) Woody, chocolate core; uptick in spice; residual oak with some cedar tang added; hints of leather, honey and oats on retro; more almonds and coffee on the warm finish.
- Transition: (draw continues to improve) Woody profile; maintains spice level; baked bread noes more prominent; residual nuttiness; long finish of toast and espresso.
Touch ups: N/A
- 5 packer
- Yard ‘gar
- NR [No Recommendation]