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.