As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. In keeping with tradition, each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation group list would look like.
Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year. Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:
Like last year, the fact that the 5 reviewers live in different parts of the country and Canada (and, thus, have access to different cigars) and have vastly diverse palates, produced some interesting results.
The #1 cigar on our consensus list showed up on 4 of the 5 total lists, the most any cigar appeared meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers. Its worth noting here that my list is not included in the Cigar Federation list as a means of remaining impartial in producing this content - I will share it after completion of the site's list.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. We're also trying to get the FedHeads involved. How does your list match up? Join the discussion and get involved here.
Without further adieu, I unveil #10 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #9.
#10 Warped Flor Del Valle
2014 has been a bit of a coming out party for Kyle Gellis and Warped Cigars. With several new blends and accessories debuting at this year's IPCPR, Warped Cigars has been a hot topic throughout the industry. Perhaps no blend inspired more discussion, though, then Flor Del Valle. While most blends produced by Warped Cigars are rolled at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, this is the first to be completely Nicaraguan as it is made at Casa Fernandez' TABSA factory in Esteli.
Flor Del Valle is comprised entirely of Aganorsa tobacco - a Jalapa Corojo Rosado 99 wrapper surrounding a double binder of Corojo and Criollo and Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 fillers.
Flor Del Valle, which translates to Flower of the Valley, is currently available in two sizes: Cristales 6x42 and Gran Valle 5.5x50. Several other sizes are expected soon including a 5x50, 4.5x48 and 6.5x52.
"The Flor de Valle sported a Jalapa Corojo Rosado wrapper that had a nice velvety feel to it. The wrapper gave off notes of hay and peanut butter while the cold draw offered flavors of roasted nuts."
"The Flor de Valle started out with some buttery and toasty notes with some mild hints of oak. It reminded me of a nicely oaked chardonnay."
"A mild creamed coffee note showed up pushing the floral notes to the background. As I progressed toward the mid point the flavors thickened and the creamed coffee was joined by a honey sweetness."
"The body of the cigar was in the medium-minus range while the strength pushed to a medium-plus. The strength snuck up on me a bit. This is not a powerhouse at all, but it can creep up on you."
"This was an exceptionally unique Nicaraguan cigar."
"The Flor de Valle will take you on a ride. It had everything I want in a cigar: complexity and balance of flavor, not overpowering, enough flavor to satisfy the modern palate and enough nuance to thrill the seasoned smoker."
You can read Rob's full pre-release review of the Warped Flor Del Valle here.
You can read our coverage of the Warped Cigars booth at IPCPR2014 here.
You can watch Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars on CigarChat here.
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