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Warped La Colmena Reina
Inspired by the elusive cigars from the mysterious island we all know is close by, yet so far. La Colmena “The Beehive” is blended in old traditional Cuban methods, featuring entubado bunching, Cuban triple cap, and a historic Cuban covered foot, all masterfully rolled by true category 9 rollers all hailing from Cuba. – WARPED CIGARS
Kyle Gellis owner of Warped Cigars told CIGAR SMOKE– “Small Batch came to me wanting an exclusive and we talked about the idea while Andrew was at El Titan de Bronze with me. They loved La Colmena and we just organically started the project from there. The name came about after some variations and Reina just seemed to fit the bill the best.”
- La Colmena Amado No. 36: 6 x 46
- La Colmena Amado No. 44: 5 1/2 x 44
- La Colmena Unico Especial: 5 x 48
- La Colmena Black Honey: 5 x 48 – 60 bundles total
- La Colmena Reina: 6 x 48 – 200 bundles total
The Ecuadorian DesFlorada wrapper is light golden brown in color with some notable tooth, seam and vein. Rolled in the figurado shape it has a pointed cap and an unfinished foot. Offered in bundles of 10, each cigar is placed in cello and bound by a white paper. The outer packaging is gold foil with the word “REINA” looking like it was written in black sharpie. Along the bottom of the gold packaging is the Warped seal of authenticity, established date of 2009, guaranteed handmade cigar in the traditional Cuban method followed by old traditions, new method. In the middle of the seal is the word “WARPED” with the silhouette of a cigar sorter or roller complete with Panama hat. Pre light aroma had notes of saw dust, cedar and plain popcorn. The cold draw had significant resistance off the closed foot preventing a full open draw, however there were creamy nuances of natural tobacco.
- FIRST LIGHT
Upon first light notable resistance on the draw that lasts a few seconds. Once it ignites a full taste from the unfinished footer produces a rich nutty flavor of walnuts followed by a bitter leather taste. As soon as things settle down woody flavors of cedar and oak move up front. Sweet flavors of graham cracker with nuances of dry Cheerios and plain lightly browned wheat toast. A light spice is most notable in between draws of a black pepper dusting noted on the palate. The retro is producing clean white pepper through the nose at a medium level evolving into flavors of creamy hazelnut.
- CRUISE CONTROL BURN
Entering cruise control the core flavors are very woody in nature, cedar and oak with a leathery nuance are prominent. The sweet aspect of the La Colmena Reina are increasing, vanilla bean, burnt honey and nutmeg are present. Background flavors of dry toast and Cheerios are present as well. A light spice is still notable with fine black pepper on the palate in between draws giving the LCR a long chewy sweet and spicy finish. The retro has increased slightly with clean white pepper through the nose and throat evolving into flavors of light caramel and hazelnut.
- FINAL THIRD
In the final duration, I would classify the flavors as extremely toasty. Flavors of cedar and oak with a leathery nuance have been consistent throughout. A sweet flavor of lightly browned marshmallows have entered into the sweet realm of the flavor profile balancing in perfect with hazelnut and nutmeg. Consistent flavors of burnt honey, graham crackers, dry Cheerios and lightly browned wheat toast are distinct and present background flavors. Any reminder of black pepper spice in between draws has disappeared giving the LCR a sweet, toasty aftertaste in between draws. The retro has decreased with low level clean white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of caramel and hazelnut.
The construction of the LCR was very good despite a thin delicate wrapper. The burn line was crooked at times but straightened up pretty quickly, it did this off and on throughout all three examples, never causing a problem. The draw was wide open on the straight cut producing some serious smoke output that was extremely aromatic. On two examples the wrapper near the straight cut cracked a bit, but again it didn’t do anything to the integrity of the cigar. The ash was loose and flaky but held to the inch point. The strength of the LCR was in the MILD to LOWER MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse and what it lacked in strength it more than made up for in balance, complexity and taste. This Queen Bee reigns supreme in the La Colmena Hive.
- Walnuts off the unfinished footer
- Graham Crackers
- Dry Cheerios
- Plain Browned Wheat Toast
- Black Pepper/Light Dusting
- Vanilla Bean
- Burnt Honey
- Lightly Browned Marshmallows
- Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel/Hazelnut
Cigars For Review: Purchased
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Cigar Smoke Rate: 90
Size: 6 x 48 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian DesFlorada
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Factory: El Titan de Bronze