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Spotlight Brand: Warped Cigars El Oso

November 23, 2014 |

This bear won't bite.

El Oso literally means, “the bear,” and this cigar is one enjoyable beast. With an exquisite construction and a decidedly medium-bodied character, the Warped brand has created one handmade that any enthusiast can appreciate.

Warped debuted back in 2008. Originally blended at a family-owned Florida factory, the line put out just three lines before shutting down production completely. They relaunched in 2012 with a line of cigar accessories, and then delved back into cigars in 2014. El Oso represents a cigar several months in the making.

El Oso's blend begins with an Ecuadoran binder leaf securing a selection of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, all carefully hugged by a Habano Oscuro wrapper. The visual aesthetics are spectacular—a finer looking cigar is hard to find, and the amount of thought and effort put into each one is obvious. Notes of leather, sweetness, pepper, and cocoa are all present in force. Construction-wise, this one hits the mark, and the burn is long, slow, and cool. El Oso comes highly recommended.

Q & A: Thanksgiving Cigars?

With the big holiday coming up, what cigars do you recommend I enjoy after the big meal?

11/17/14 | by JC of Cleveland, OH


​Thanksgiving isn’t the time to go cheap on your cigars. And as a documented cheapskate myself, that’s saying a lot. Throughout the year, I’ve been known to stock up on some inexpensive, everyday blends but when the holidays roll around I like pick up something special. So after loading yourself up with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, you need to fire up something with some flavor. A mellow-bodied cigar will most likely get lost on your palate after the sensory overload of dinner. Stick to something strong. Diesel Wicked is a great, full-bodied cigar for the occasion. Oliva's Serie 'V' Maduro Especial 2014 is always a winner. And you really want something nice, La Palina Black Label is a pure gem. And no matter what you fire up this holiday, make sure to give thanks for all that we have. Happy Thanksgiving!

by Bryan


Sean G This Is No Gimmick
When Black Crown released the original Sons of Anarchy blend, I was skeptical. Popular show, boutique blend; seemed like a gimmick. That thought quickly washed away once I tried the first cigar. The blend was legit and enthusiasts everywhere seemed to agree as the cigars started to fly off our shelves.

Now that the Clubhouse Edition Chapel has hit our docks, any fear of this cigar being a gimmick is completely washed away. Made by AJ Fernandez and coming in hand carved boxes designed to mirror the iconic clubhouse table from the show, the cigar blows you away on pure aesthetics alone. And after quickly firing up one of these gorgeous gems, you’re hit with the familiar rich and flavorful profile of an AJ Fernandez cigar. The blend sets itself apart by the hints of sweetness that come from the tobaccos being aged in rum barrels. Even though the cigar is wrapped inside an Ecuadorian Habano, it reminds you more of a maduro. The cigar is incredibly balanced and pairs extremely well with the Dominican rum I’ve been hording in my liquor cabinet. Unfortunately, boxes of these classics will move fast but if you get a shot at them, don’t hesitate; this one is worth it.
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