At the beginning of the year, Warped Cigars announced its newest release from the collaboration work between themselves and Casa Fernandez. The cigar would be called La Hacienda, translated as The Estate, and would be the second line that was created with Casa Fernandez. It is the follow up line to the three/four vitola line known as Flor Del Valle, and both lines are Nicaraguan puros composed of AGANORSA tobacco. I have been a fan of the work that Warped Cigars and Casa Fernandez have done thus far, and that comes from the traditions and skill sets that Casa Fernandez has with the excitement and respect for the past that Warped Cigars has. Warped Cigars has yet to produce a dud or even a slight disappointment in my opinion, so today I look at one of their newest releases, La Hacienda Gran Robusto.
For this review I went with the Gran Robusto vitola/offering and it is a 5 1/2" by 52 ring gauge cigar. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro that is composed of AGANORSA tobacco, and is rolled at TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua. I was not informed of the tobacco breakdown with the cigar, but I imagine that the cigar has a Corojo '99 wrapper. The Gran Robusto comes with a silky smooth wrapper and it has a nice light oily finish. The triple cap is placed well on the head of the cigar and the overall coloring of the cigar is that of milk chocolate and it has a nice dark Natural coloring. The wrapper is giving off an aroma of tobacco, spices, and lemon peel, while the foot is giving off an aroma of floral, herbal, and spice notes.
The first third opens up by showing some great spice notes that are paired with this lemon citrus quality. It is completed with some nice oak and leather qualities, and it has a finish of earth and tobacco. There is this barnyard quality present as well, and it gives off this modern interpretation of an old-school cigar. It has some strength and body to it, which comes with the AGANORSA tobacco, and I would classify it as being medium-full in that department. The flavors match that and make for a great smoking experience. The construction is solid so far and while the burn line is not razor sharp, it is not producing this terrible wavy burn line which makes for a laboring smoke. The ash has a nice charcoal color and it is holding on firmly to the end of the cigar. It has a cool draw, and with the draw is a nice bit of smoke.
As I move into the final third of the cigar, I find that it continues to grow and show those strong pepper and lemon notes. There is a rise in the cinnamon and leather qualities as well, and it has a much more pronounced earthy finish. There is a nice sweetness with tobacco qualities present as well, and it is a very enjoyable puro. I love what is delivered with AGANORSA tobacco, the flavors can be terrific, and this is that type of cigar.The body and strength continue to smoke at that medium-full level in this third and it is matching the flavors perfectly. In terms of construction. the cigar has been smoking perfectly since the second third and it is producing that great charcoal ash on the end. The draw is cool and smooth to the nub, and I am ready to smoke another one following this finale.
I do not believe La Hacienda is the best cigar that is offered by Warped Cigars, but it is a great everyday smoke and a nice rotation cigar with Flor Del Valle. I look at Flor Del Valle as being an everyday cigar, except for Sky Flower that is, and in my opinion La Hacienda and Flor Del Valle are those two lines that you rotate back and forth daily between a solid robusto or corona gorda offering. It is in the evenings or weekends that you smoke offerings from El Titan de Bronze or the Sky Flower, but for the day to day smoke, the grunt you may say, choose between La Hacienda or Flor Del Valle. La Hacienda has a little bit more spice and citrus qualities, less sweet than Flor Del Valle, and it is nice offering of AGANORSA tobacco. I usually do not get this type of flavor profile with AGANORSA tobacco either, so it was a nice change of pace. I am giving this cigar a solid 89 rating and look forward to smoking more of these offerings and trying our the corona gordas.
Seth's Humidor Rating: 89