It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I smoke and review La Colmena by Warped Cigars. This review will be of the Unico Especial size, which was limited to only ten thousand cigars. It comes in at 5×48 and features a tapered head and closed-off, pigtail-style foot. This cigar features an Ecuadorian Deflorada wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
The wrapper gives off a wood and coffee aroma. As the foot is closed, there are no aroma notes from the foot. On the cold draw, I find some bitter leather and earth flavor. Once lit, the draw opens up with spicy coffee, cinnamon, and leather. On the finish, I find black pepper, and through the nose, there is a toasty earth and a mild bitterness.
After twenty-five minutes, the first third closes out. Performance is stellar as the burn stays razor sharp and the stick emits huge plumes of smoke. On the draw, I pick up some cinnamon alongside a very herbal coffee and some honey. Through the nose, there is grass with lemon tea and toast. The finish is delicious with smooth, buttery leather on top of some honey graham cracker and brown sugar notes. The flavors are very Cuban-esque. Body falls in the medium-to-full range while the strength is a steady medium.
The second third finishes at fifty minutes. The draw offers me more herbal coffee with the introduction of vanilla and citrus. The retro-hale is slightly spicy with more lemon tea paired with some hay and toast. On the finish, I find tons of honey with floral toast, corn, and buttery cream. Both the strength and body are now at the medium mark.
One hour and fifteen minutes gets me to the end of the final third. On the draw, I’m delighted with a sweet earth mixed perfectly with lemon grass and toast. Through the nose, there is some leather with a perfume-like earth and some black pepper. The finish is superb with a bomb of honey and lemon on top of a vegetal cedar. There is no change to strength or body as they both finish out at the medium mark.
La Colmena is a phenomenal blend reminiscent of some of the most delectable Cuban cigars. This stick has a very high level of complexity, and the flavors melt together perfectly. I can honestly say this is one of the best cigars I’ve had this year, and I highly recommend trying it out. Even though the price is steep around the $15 mark, you won’t be disappointed!