I first heard about Warped Cigars from a friend at one of the Atlanta area cigar shops. One way or the other he got his hands on some or their sticks, really enjoyed them and encouraged me give them a shot. I think he also gave me a few to try, but you know how that goes. Cigars have a way of disappearing when they get into my humidor.
It’s not every day you hear about cigars named for Egyptian gods. (Anubis is the jackal-headed god, and their other line, dubbed “Osiris” is the name of the Egyptian god of the afterlife.) So when Kyle Gellis, the owner of the brand, contacted me for a review, I had an “oh yeah” moment. I already owed my friend an opinion on the smokes, this would be a great way to annoy two birds with one stone.
I really don’t have any confirmed background on these cigars. Interesting rumors, yes. But reportable facts, no. So it’s probably time to toast the foot of the Anubis.
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Price: MSRP $5.00
With a name like Anubus, you might expect the band to have a badass image of a Jackal head with Egyptian regalia, a la Age of Mythology (apologies for geeky video game reference). What you have instead is a blue, gold and red band featuring a black “Rampant Lion” similar to what you’d see on the Scottish lion flag. It makes for an unique fusion of cultures: Spanish, Egyptian and Scottish. OK, I know your eyelids are getting a little droopy at this point, so we’ll move on. (Hey, I’m only trying to land that dream job as a director of lifestyle marketing!)
The cigars smoked for this review were wrapped in a mottled darker leaf that was nice and oily. Looking over the sticks, I did find a flaw on one of them. It was a tough call as to whether it was a large patch, or a piece of wrapper that ripped an folded over in the rolling process. It wasn’t anything that looked dangerous to the smoking experience.
I also noted that while the sticks were mostly very firm, they had a few softer spots near the foot. The scent of the wrapper was a sweeter, almost honey compost, and I got some sweet cocoa in the cold taste. I also noticed a little bit of spiciness on the lips with one cigar.
The flaws noted in the pre-smoke turned out to be purely superficial. The softness noted didn’t translate to significant draw issues, and the odd wrapper formation didn’t lead to any cracking. But the cigar wasn’t completely free of burn quirks. One cigar had a slightly firmer draw than I prefer. I also had to relight each cigar once (at different locations) and correct the occasionally crooked burn.
However, the ash was attractive, solid, and grew to impressive lengths before falling off. The cigar that drew a bit tightly loosened up as it progressed as well. Overall, a decent burn without significant problems.
Before I get into breaking it down into thirds, I have to note that there was a little bit of inconsistency in the flavors from stick to stick. One cigar seemed to be fuller bodied and more peppery than the others. The rest were a little creamier overall.
The cigars started the show with a great roasted nut flavor with a ample amount of natural sweetness. I also noted chocolate, coffee and some pepper in this third.
As I started into the second third, I started to notice a certain texture to the mouth feel. It was somewhere between chalky and malty (think milkshake, not beer). It didn’t strike me as either a good or a bad thing, just something worthy of mention. In this third the nut flavor started to recede and a combination of creamier and darker chocolates picked up the slack. The pepper in the fuller stick started to become more prominent and I also picked up some coffee and some occasional rich sweetness.
In the final leg of the smoke the chocolate flavors became darker, and were occasionally slightly bitter and was often joined by a good black coffee flavor. The pepper I picked up in the previous thirds wasn’t as much of a factor toward the end.
Five bucks a stick is a great price. And even better, you don’t have to commit to a box to try them out. The Warped Cigars website sells them by the five pack.
As I settled down at the computer to write up this review, I lit up the last cigar and poured a cup of coffee. I found that if anything, I enjoyed the cigar even more than I did in the more structured water-only review environment. That isn’t to say smoking the other cigars was anything but an enjoyable experience. The Anubis Maduro Corona Gorda simply is a great tasting stick at a very comfortable price. I’d definitely recommend giving them a shot!
Win a Five Pack!
Knowing how popular Jerry’s giveaways have been in the past, I mentioned to Kyle possibility of giving one lucky commenter the chance to win some cigars. He liked the idea. So if you’d like to try the Anubis on for size, leave me a little comment love! I’ll select one by Wednesday of next week and you’ll get a free fiver compliments of Warped Cigars! (You must be of legal age, of course, and reside in the U.S. Sorry international readers, you know we love ya.)
Liked It: Yes
Buy It Again: Yes
Recommend It: Yes
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