As I sat on my porch this past weekend, I wasn’t expecting too much from the little Robusto in my hand. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard great things about Warped Cigars and head honcho Kyle Gellis, but the diminutive stature and understated band on the Corto X50 belied a mouth-watering flavor bomb with a punch! The Corto (Spanish for short) is Warped Cigars first full-bodied blend, and Kyle plans to introduce a new size in the series each year at the IPCPR trade show in July, at which time the previous year’s size will then be retired.
CIGAR STATS: Blended at Casa Fernandez’s Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Corto X50 is a Nicaraguan puro measuring 4.5 x 50. It has a single stick MSRP of $8.95 but can be found in boxes of 25 for as little as $150, which is a steal at that price.
APPEARANCE: As I mentioned above, the band didn’t really catch my eye, but the Cuban-styled box press certainly did, as well as the medium-brown, practically vein-free Aganorsa leaf that surrounds the innards of this little beauty.
THE SMOKE: The Corto X50 starts off spicy but quickly dials it down to just the right amount of pepper. It is at this point that the flavor roller coaster starts its ride, and each time it comes back around it picks up a passenger or two, like black coffee and honey or leather and caramel. By the time the short little ride is over, your head is spinning and the flavors are just too numerous to mention, other than they were all fantastic! And the whole time that the amusement park was open, the draw was perfect and the burn required zero touchups.
VERDICT: The Warped Corto X50 is medium in strength and full in flavor, and if you can’t tell already, I absolutely love this cigar. Heck, halfway through the review I was already looking for boxes online. For more information about the Corto X50 or the entire line of Warped cigars visit: www.warpedcigars.com – Jason Zahner