Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #10 Warped Flor Del Valle

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:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that later)
  2. Top Cigars of 2014 (more on that later)
  3. Top Cigars Released in 2014 (the basis for this list)

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.
Get into the discussion and share YOUR Top List here.

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Comment by Stefan Lindblad on December 8, 2014 at 12:20pm

I smoked through the ones I won from Cigar Chat. This is a very good cigar. It did not make my top 10 (though, if I had a top 20 it would definitely be in). 

Comment by Charlie on December 8, 2014 at 2:29pm

I smoked 3 if each size of the Flor del Valle and they are just ok to me, very similar to other CF blends. I did enjoy these but the La Colmena takes the cake in every aspect for me and will be the only Warped cigar in my top 10 of 2014.. Not a bad start...

Comment by KRUK aka Tobacco Whore on December 8, 2014 at 7:40pm

I thought the La Colmena was my least favorite of the three. The OSO Cub is #1 and this is #2. So much hype for the Colmena, but just didnt live up to it for me. Wonderful thing about cigars... =)

Comment by Charlie on December 8, 2014 at 10:15pm

Yea the El Oso Cub, PaPa and MaMa were my least favorite....palates are so funny lol

Comment by Matt Ross on December 9, 2014 at 11:16am

I have not smoked any of the Warped stuff yet, but I want to track them down. 

I think its important to note that that these are group lists - a cigar might be someone's #1 cigar, but didn't work for anyone else on the panel and end up ranked lower than a cigar that everyone rated #10, for example.  Its important to understand when thinking through these and discussing further.

Comment by RobbyRas on December 12, 2014 at 11:13am

Obviously, I loved this cigar and gave it a 91 rating... I did prefer the La Colmena to this one, but the group as a whole was more into this profile... either way, dig them both... great way to start the Top 10 list


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