March 2020 Cigar Reveal

Warped - Serie Gran Reserva 1988

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Brand Warped
Cigar Serie Gran Reserva 1988
Wrapper Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description This is the second cigar from Warped that we've featured this year (there was the Cloud Hopper in January). That's because Warped's founder, Kyle Gellis, and the cigar makers at Aganorsa in Esteli, Nicaragua, are making some of the most interesting cigars around. The Reserva 1988 is no exception, and it was recognized a few months ago as the #3 cigar of the 2019 by Cigar Aficionado. The number 1988 refers to the birth year of Gellis, who will turn 32 in 2020. It only comes in one size: a 5 1/4 x 50. I guess he figured when you've found a great blend, why mess with it? Stick with what works, and this blend is plenty working. We found that the first third of the 1988 consistently starts with a load of spice that eventually slows into rich flavors of coffee and cocoa. These notes are prominent throughout and fairly easily discernible, but there are also subtle wood notes of oak and cedar. All of it together results in one of our favorite cigars featured so far this year. 
Review: Cigar Aficionado *2019 #3 Cigar of the Year 🏆*  The blend is a menage of Nicaraguan tobaccos grown by agricultural giant Aganorsa that come together brilliantly with a balanced profile of malted chocolate, coffee bean and an earthy undertone, all of which reflect the packaging: noticeable but never obtrusive and with tasteful restraint.
Review: Halfwheel I have been a fan of Kyle Gellis creations for a long time, and look forward to new releases from Warped whenever I hear about them. The Serie Gran Reserva 1988 was no exception, and I found it to have a profile that is full of both richness and nuance, with a wonderful ever-present white pepper note on the retrohale and maple sweetness on the finish that increased the complexity in the flavors quite a bit. While the dominant flavors shift from earth to almonds and oak as the smoke progresses, the profile is exceedingly creamy throughout. While I did not enjoy the Serie Gran Reserva 1988 quite as much as the Black Honey, it was close enough for me to recommend it wholeheartedly to those who are looking for a full-flavored, medium-bodied cigar.