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Warped Upper Realm
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: The Burn Ward

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member ninfiction (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the Warped Upper Realm.

The Upper Realm is an exciting release from the mind of Kyle Gellis, limited to just 250 boxes of 200 cigars. Aganorsa Leaf was tapped to produce these Nicaraguan puros that feature a Corojo 99 wrapper from Jalapa, a binder from Esteli, and filler tobaccos from Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa. "The blend is deliberately transitional, and clearly showcases each individual region," said Kyle Gellis. "This is the first time we are using so much EstelĂ­ and Criollo material, and it celebrates the essential raw power of Nicaragua and the EstelĂ­ region, and it delivers a powerful, primal taste."

Warped Upper Realm

Upper Realm
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3.5 star rating based on 1 Review(s) (1 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with 23 year Speyside

Pre-Light: 8 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar is on the oily side. Some dark spots and prominent veins and seams. Typical Warped fashion with an ornate band. It's hard to read the name of the cigar but the little pops of color on the filigree look nice. There is a sweet scent and the smell of fermented tobacco. Nice pliable cap and the foot is a bit squishy.

Lighting and Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

The burn is wavy. The ash holds on strong. End of the first ash is dark grey and fade to a lighter grey towards the burning end. The first ash held strong for the first third. The ash starts to get flaky and shedding. I end up ashing more frequently. The cigar requires a few more touch ups. The cigar went out on me in the final third.

Construction: 19 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar is soft and squishy. The cap is well applied and looks great. The wrapper has a bit of a mottled looking. The ash didn't want to cooperate. The cigar feels like it's underfilled. The draw was good for the most part. There were a few times I had to take a lot of puffs to get the cigar burning right and get a good volume of smoke.

Flavor and Aroma: 32 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar starts off a bit spicy. The flavor is reminiscent of a bourbon aged cigar, similar to the pappy cigar. There's a grassy note. The taste is a bit on the milder side with pretty prevalent pepper notes. There's an underlying sweetness with a strong mineral taste. The pepper notes are a bit strong coming through the retrohale. The smoke coming off the cigar has a floral aroma. The taste is coming in with herbal notes and the pepper has subsided.  The pepper was gone by the end. The taste was underwhelming at the finish but the aroma was still nice from the burning end.


I did not have the best experience with this cigar. It fell short of many of the other Warped cigars I've smoked. Thanks Ninfiction for this cigar. I don't think I'll be picking up another one of these.

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