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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Edition One Cloud Hopper No. 53 Corona (Warped Cigars) - Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Edition One Cloud Hopper
WRAPPER: Nicaragua
BINDER: Nicaragua
FILLER: Nicaragua

FORMAT: Corona "No. 53"
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A., Nicaragua

PROFILE: Sweet/Savory
DELIVERY: Smooth/Crisp
PEPPER-SPICE: LOW | med | high

CONSTRUCTION: poor | OK | excellent

Overtones are raw (not green) to lightly toasted and filtered bright bits of sweet savoriness. Undertones are more toasty and slightly more rigid-bracing sour/bitter complexities. Some roasted warm saltiness sets into lips & cheeks. Past the 1/2, lightly toasted top-notes become well-toasted and the under-notes rise up thusly, as well. Crisp but shy-some of tangy & definitely not sharp. Quite mellow for a predominately bright cigar. Not acidic even to many notes could go that way. Excellently balanced & somewhat complex (particularly confined in undertones) altho not too terribly nuanced. Lacking in depth to a degree. Staves off blandness for the most part with some interesting bits hither-thither.
  • Pepper (white, black in 3/3)
  • Spice (ginger)
  • Chocolate (milk & cocoa butter)
  • Honey (malt)
  • Wood (cedar, fresh)
  • Coffee (latte)
  • Grains (oats, white bread)
  • Citrus (mandarin orange)
  • Cream (Marshmallow fluff)
  • Praline
  • Meat (fowl)
  • Earth (dirt)
Crisp clean body. Finish is short to moderate length'd and sweet/sour // sour/sweet flip-floppings. Smooth & soft but braced with a low-down rigidity. Nice cool temp. No real strength, proper, to speak of.

Combustion happens on an even line & @ an even pace. Slowly-so. Good smoke out-put both passive & active. Ash won't build long and displays loosely. Construction stays true from pre-light to nub insofar as no har/soft spots or sponginess. Top-leaf is a bit delicate, tho. Also, the draw tension wiggles around a bit but never hampers smoke to smoke-hole.

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

"Tucked away inside the Warped Cigars booth during the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show was a brand new line started by owner Kyle Gellis and his younger brother Devin.

"Named Edition One, the brand was showing off its debut line, a regular production Nicaraguan puro named Cloud Hopper that uses only AGANORSA tobacco. The cigars were shipped to retailers in August packaged in 50-count cabinets and are being produced at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory in EstelĂ­, Nicaragua.

"In an email with halfwheel, Kyle Gellis explained the meaning of the name Cloud Hopper: 'My younger brother Devin and I both travel a lot, we constantly share stories of our times traveling, in the air, etc. So Cloud Hopper was a term we used to describe our journeys, it was something we both share, the love of travel but sometimes travel doesn’t go as expected.'" - (2017)

"Edition One is the collective effort of Kyle Gellis (owner of Warped Cigars) and his younger brother, Devin Gellis. The company took shape after Devin sought to follow in his brother’s footsteps, asking Kyle to guide him through a path he’d tirelessly forged over the past decade with Warped  ...

"While Devin is taking the reins for Edition One, Kyle’s influence is very apparent. For starters, the cigars feature a clean and modern look, while managing to retain a vintage flair—something Warped is known for. In addition, the Cloud Hopper uses an all-Nicaraguan, all-AGANORSA blend, with production being handled by Tobacos Valle de Jalapa, S.A.—the EstelĂ­-based factory that handles most of Warped’s cigars. The most noticeable differentiator thus far is the price point, with Cloud Hopper coming in well below anything offered from Warped to date." - (2017)

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