Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

This year at IPCPR in Las Vegas, Warped announced a collaboration with Casa Fernandez Cigars to produce a line of cigars called Guardian of the Farm.  This new line was created by Max Fernandez of Casa Fernandez and Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars to pay tribute to the dogs that guard the tobacco farms in Aganorsa in Nicaragua.  Each cigar is named after one of the dogs on the farms and are a Nicaraguan puro.  Here is a list of the sizes:

  • JJ (Robusto):  5 1/4 x 50
  • Campeón (Toro):  6 x 52
  • Apollo Selección de Warped (Lonsdale):  6 x 44

Specs:

  • Wrapper:  Nicaraguan
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler:  Nicaraguan
  • MSPR:  $8.00 for each size for a single

Pre-Light and Construction

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The cigar is very well made. The wrapper is a smooth medium brown with a leathery appearance.  The cap is well applied and the cigar features a closed foot.  The draw is really nice, even with the closed foot.  I get notes of leather and earth on the cold draw.

First Half

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The cigar begins with a strong leather note along with a peanut note.  The cigar also has a sweet, buttery caramel note along with a black pepper note that is more dominate on the retrohale.   There is a slight espresso bitterness on the back of the palette as well along with a slight earthiness.  The cigar is in the lower end of the full in the beginning.

Second Half

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The last half of the cigars has more notes of leather, peanuts and caramel, but the sweetness has died down somewhat.  I’m getting a cedar note now and the espresso bitterness has increased along with the earthy note.  I also get a slight saltiness in the last half that enhances the other flavors. The body of the cigar also increased to more full bodied.

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Conclusion

This is another winner from Warped Cigars and Casa Fernandez.  Its a little bit more bitter than I like, but with all the rest of the flavors, its rounded out quite well.  This is great cigar for only $8.00.  With the Apollo being a limited release, pick some of these up soon as they probably won’t be around long.  There hasn’t been much from Warped Cigars that I haven’t enjoyed and this is no exception.  Definitely check these out at your local cigar shop.