Flor del Valle is a line of cigars introduced by Warped Cigars at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Testify. Flor del Valle marked the first venture that Warped Cigars would collaborate with Casa Fernandez’s TABSA mill in Esteli, Nicaragua. As a part of this collaboration, Warped Cigars would also be able to apply Casa Fernanez’due south Aganorsa tobacco to produce a Nicaraguan puro. Earlier this year, Warped Cigars appear a special limited production off-shoot of the Flor del Valle called the Heaven Flower. The Heaven Flower differs from the rest of the Flor del Valle line in that it incorporates some of Aganorsa’s prized loftier priming medio tiempo primings into the blends. Recently, I’ve had an opportunity to sample the Flor del Valle Sky Flower. Warped Cigars has certainly been a company on the rise in the by 12 months – and the Sky Flower is some other outstanding release that certainly validates what Warped is doing.
Medio tiempo one of the highest priming leafs that merely grows on a small pct of tobacco plants. Being medio tiempo is a high priming leaf, it is a leaf that gets the most sunlight and nutrients, so it tends to produce a fuller force, fuller-bodied cigar. Given this grows on a small percentage, this leads to a limited product of the Sky Flower.
Without farther ado, allow’s break down the Flor del Valle Sky Flower and come across what this cigar brings to the table.
The Flor del Valle Sky Flowe uses a like profile to the remainder of the Flor del Valle line, but as mentioned, it incorporates the high priming medio tiempo.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Corojo 99
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 and Criollo 98
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (TABSA)
The Flor del Valle Sky Flower will exist a 5 5/8 x 48 Gran Corona. It will be packaged differently from the rest of the line in that it will come in 10 count boxes (as opposed to 25 count boxes for the other frontmarks in the line).
For reference purposes, we list the other three vitolas of the Flor del Valle line, but these do not utilise the high priming medio tiempo.
Las Brumas: 4 one/ii ten 48
Cristales: half-dozen x 42
Gran Valle: 5 1/2 10 50
The Sky Flower’s Corojo 99 wrapper has a mix of dark caramel and colorado cherry coloring. At that place was a light blanket of oil on the wrapper’southward surface. Overall, I considered the surface of the wrapper to exist smooth. There were also some visible veins, merely well-nigh of the wrapper seams were well hidden.
The Sky Flower shares is similar to the rest of the Flor del Valle line. It is a band of mostly gold and black design with some sky bluish mixed in. Sitting on the center of the band is a blackness ring. Going around that ring is the text “FLOR DEL VALLE HECHO A MANO”. There are also ii heaven blue seashell like designs on the left and side. Each has a gold stripe with the text “WARPED” on it.
Grooming for the Cigar Experience
Earlier I fired up the Sky Flower, I went with my usual option of a directly cut to remove the cap. One time the cap was removed, I proceeded with the pre-light describe. The dry depict delivered a mix of cedar sugariness-spice, oak, nut, and some pepper spice. Overall I considered the pre-lite describe of this cigar to be fantabulous. At this point I was ready to light upward the Flor del Valle Sky Blossom and look what the smoking stage would deliver.
The start to the Flor del Valle Sky Flower provided a mix of red pepper, natural tobacco sugariness, and nut. There also was a subtle mesquite woody note present. It wasn’t like a fire-cured note, but information technology definitely created an interesting dynamic in the flavor profile. Meanwhile the retro-hale provided a mix of black and pepper.
During the kickoff tertiary the natural tobacco sweetness and nut were the primary notes. I found the both of these flavors to alternate in intensity. The ruby-red pepper notes were a close secondary notation while the mesquite notes remained on the subtle stop – and distant
Late in the second third, the nut flavors morphed to more of wood and oak flavors. Meanwhile, the natural tobacco notes remained in the forefront. Going through the final third, these notes continued, but the ruddy pepper increased. As the cigar came to a close, while the red pepper was more prominent, it never overpowered the palate. In addition, at that place was no harshness at the end of this cigar. The Sky Blossom finished with an ideal nub – house to the touch and cool in temperature.
Burn down and Draw
The structure of the Flor del Valle Sky Flower was top notch. This is not surprising because last twelvemonth, nosotros awarded the Casa Fernandez operation (which includes TABSA) the 2014 Cigar Coop Factory of the Yr award. The fire and draw reflected this excellent construction.
The burn remained on a straight path with a sharp burn line for virtually of the cigar experience. There were some occasional bear upon-ups along the way. The resulting ash had a argent-gray color to it. The ash was business firm and came off the cigar in nice clean chunks. The burn down rate and burn temperature were ideal.
The draw was as well excellent. It had a touch of resistance – something that I think makes the draw platonic. Most importantly, I constitute this to be a low maintenance cigar to derive flavor from.
Forcefulness and Torso
Overall, I did find the incorporation of the medio tiempo to impact the strength and body of the Flor del Valle Sky Blossom blend. What I also loved is how both attributes progressed throughout the smoking feel – while at the same fourth dimension maintaining a nice balance.
The Sky Flower started out as a medium strength, medium-bodied cigar. Past the middle of the offset third, this cigar was in the medium to full range for both attributes. Gradually both attributes continued to built upward, and by the terminal tertiary, both crossed into the full range.
The Sky Blossom was an excellent cigar from start to finish. It delivered a nice mix of flavors – and I really enjoyed how the strength and body evolved forth the mode. I’ve tasted other Casa Fernandez offerings that utilize medio tiempo in the blend. Cigars such as the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva and Viaje Exclusivo Leaded are just 2 cigars that have showcased the richness that the medio tiempo has to offer. Now Warped Cigars’ Sky Flower can be added to that list.
The addition of the Sky Flower puts a fuller cigar in terms of strength and torso into the Warped Cigars’ portfolio. As a result, I’d probably steer this to a more seasoned cigar enthusiast. As for myself, this is a cigar I’d easily smoke once again. It is hands worthy of a box purchase.
Burn down: Excellent
Strength: Medium (Start), Medium to Full, Full (Final Third)
Body: Medium (Commencement), Medium to Total, Total (Last Third)
Assessment: four.0 – Box Worthy
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