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Corto X50 Warped Cigars
The Corto is being called Warped’s strongest cigar to date. It made its debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention in a single vitola, the X50, a Short Robusto that is slightly box pressed. The name Corto translates to “Short” and that is what the Warped Corto will debut as, a short flavor burst. Kyle Gellis, founder of Warped Cigars said the Corto isn’t a spice bomb but is a balanced offering of multiple spices and a rich complexity that promises to keep the smoker engaged throughout the entire experience. The Corto is a Nicaraguan puro made at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The time has come said Kyle Gellis, our first full bodied brand, Corto, has arrived at HQ and is shipping out to our family of retailers! We are extremely excited about releasing our first full bodied blend to you, but while we say its “full bodied” its our version of full bodied. This 4.5×50 vitola comes with a slight box press and is made up of entirely 100% Aganorsa leaf. Available in 25ct SLB’s. Corto has started arriving to Warped retailers all over the country.
The wrapper is light brown in color with minimal seam and vein. The label is dark blue in color with “CORTO” printed in blue font “WARPED” is printed above and below. The semi box pressed vitola has a rounded cap with a wide open foot. Pre light aroma has sweet notes of natural tobacco, cedar and a hint of honey. The cold draw produced flavors of tea and floral notes.
Upon first light there’s an array of hearty flavors right off the bat! Charred cedar kicked right in with a slight bitter element. Black pepper spice is strong, felt all the way in the back of the throat. Sweet notes of toffee and burnt caramel added to the long sweet and spicy finish. The retro produced a slight sting in the nose from a black pepper blast, nuances of cocoa with a floral note aftertaste. Very impressed with the first inch as the flavors are very enjoyable and bold.
CRUISE CONTROL BURN
Plumes of creamy white smoke are producing flavors of cedar and a refined black pepper spice. Gingersnap, burnt caramel and toffee are balancing in with the spicy flavors still experienced in the back of the throat and palate. In between draws a lingering nuance of pepper spice on the lips and tongue is prevalent. The black pepper on the retro has decreased slightly allowing nuances of a powdered cocoa aftertaste.
Into the final duration there are bitter notes of orange peel evolving into a citrus nuance. Black pepper is still at a respectable level. Sweet flavors of caramel and toffee have been consistent and continue to add to the sweet and spicy finish. Roasted almonds, leather and bergamot have appeared on the aftertaste in-between draws. The retro has decreased in intensity allowing flavors cocoa and dried fruit on the top and back of the palate.
All three examples smoked for review performed identical in both strength and flavor. The V-Cut had the perfect amount of resistance producing an over abundance of thick creamy white smoke. The burn line was razor sharp with the ash holding to the half inch point, at times it just seemed to fall off without warning causing a bit of a mess but easily brushed off. Zero re-lights were required and the smoking duration was just under an hour. The strength of the Warped Corto X50 was in the FULL BODIED range with a balance of FULL FLAVORS that was an enjoyable smoking experience from start to finish. Warped cigars is the Cigar Media Association’s brand of the year for 2015.
- BLACK PEPPER
- CHARRED CEDAR
- BURNT CARAMEL
- ROASTED ALMONDS
- BLACK PEPPER ON THE RETRO, POWDERED COCOA, FLORAL NOTES
Would I smoke this again? Yes, upon completion of this review 2 additional 5 packs were ordered.
Cigars purchased from: Atlantic Cigars
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke rate: 9.2/10
Size: 4.5 x 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (TABSA)