Warped Lirio Rojo Corona

November and December are a cigar aficionado’s delight since many cigar makers release the last batch of their more rare and limited run cigars just in time for the holidays. Kyle Gellis and Warped Cigars certainly fall into that category with their Lirio Rojo line. Spanish for “red lily”, Lirio Rojo, is a seasonal release that ships only once and only during the Christmas holidays. 2020 marks the 6th year of production of the limited-edition line since being launched in 2015.

Bucking a trend and going against all marketing sense, Lirio Rojo comes buck naked – without a band of any type. Ask any cigar maker and they’ll tell you ‘we’re all selling a bunch of brown sticks…’ referring to the critical importance of differentiating from the others through branding and of course, banding. It’s a ballsy move, and while certainly not novel, going au naturel itself could prove to be the differentiator, but equally risky. Lots of hungry fans don’t seem to mind.

The line is only available in the single corona vitola, with the sole exception being 2019’s release. Curiously, the company decided to produce a 6.3/8”x42 lonsdale topped with a 109-style cap, a pre-embargo form with a shallow taper that is part parejo and part belicoso. Warped has used this unique styling cue on a couple of its other brands. The cigars can obviously be purchased as singles, but if you want more, you’ll have make room for the 50 count “wheel” (2019’s release was packaged in a traditional cabinet of 50).

Our Lirio Rojo is a corona that we purchased in January 2020, meaning this is most likely a hold over 2018 release since the coronas were not produced in 2019. The Aganorsa-produced Nicaraguan puro is not particularly attractive as it’s rough-hewn appearance is accentuated by a lumpy, semi-veiny surface and unkempt-looking foot. Saving the day from appearing like a fat cheroot is the hue of the corojo wrapper, which under a light sheen of oil is an appealing, mottled coffee bean coloring. The aromas are incredible offering sweet vanilla and milk chocolate from both the wrapper and foot. The cold draw is nicely open with a spiced raisin piquancy on the palate.

Our Rojo lit up quickly and wasted no time in providing a lush, sweet and toasty draw followed by smore-themed intonations of cocoa, marshmallow and toasted almonds. Some cinnamon notes come and go and the finish delights with crisp graham cracker. Medium bodied with floral hints of honeysuckle and savory hickory in the nose, a light spice evolves slowly on the tongue. Transitions are highlighted by med-full bodied, zestier profiles anchored by intonations of cocoa, hickory and wheat flour and an epilogue rife with lots of dark chocolate, cedar and dark roasted coffee.

This generous smoke producer is a burner and is prone to going out if you dilly dally (2 relights thanks to minor distractions). Otherwise, combustion is pretty solid and even thought it does get hot with about 1” remaining. The ash is weak and prone to tumbling at random lengths, but the draw is exceptional. The profiles aren’t terribly complex, but the blend works very well and feels well-rounded. Balanced and smooth, sweet and spicy, Lirio Rojo is a delightful fall/winter cigar with a delicious flavor palette that won’t keep you out long when the temps drop. – In Fumo Pax!

Recommendation: Boxworthy

Did you Know: In 2019, Warped changed things up and released a 109-capped lonsdale instead of the usual corona.

  • Profile: Medium
  • Vitola: Corona
  • Length / Ring: 5.5″ x 44
  • Purchased: Online
  • Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 [Jalapa]
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99, Criollo ’98
  • Production: TABSA
  • Blade: Xikar xi1
  • Fire: Colibri Firebird
  • Price Paid: $9 [Box $450]
  • Humidor Age: 11 mo.
  • Box: Cabinets of 50
  • Other Vitolas: N/A

N O T E S

Smoke Time: 0:52
Draw
: Open
Construction: Lumpy; light oil; semi-veiny; seamless; spongy foot; mottled, coffee bean hue; some tooth; struggles to hold 1+ ash.
Aromas:

  • WrapperMilk chocolate, vanilla
  • Foot – Same as above

Tasting Notes:

  • Initial: Sweet, toasty draw; intonations of cocoa, marshmallow and toasted almonds; warm graham cracker finish; hints of honeysuckle notes in nose; medium bodied; light spice develops on tongue; light hint of hickory on retro with accents on finish; more floral intonations; settles in to woody transition.
  • Transition: More robust and spicy; woody theme; dense hickory core; residual cocoa notes with wheat flour; Long finish of roasted coffee with residual graham cracker notes; more body; somewhat charred texture; more dark chocolate on finish.
  • Transition: Rich, dark chocolate core; toasty persona; nice blend of cedar and roasted coffee intonations; spice continues to build; dense, dark-roast coffee finish; gets hot with 1″ remaining.

Complexity: Excellent
Balance: Excellent
Touch ups2
Combustion: Very good
Weaknesses: Weak ash.
Recommendation: Boxworthy

Recommendation scale:

  1. Go-to
  2. Boxworthy
  3. 5 packer
  4. Yard ‘gar
  5. NR [No Recommendation]

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