Tasting Notes – Warped: The Haunting – Smokingpipes.com

Tasting Notes – Warped: The Haunting – Smokingpipes.com


– Hey everybody, I’m Shane Ireland
and welcome to another
episode of “Tasting Notes.”
I have a special guest joining
me for this episode today.
– Hello everyone, Jeremy Reeves here,
head blender of Cornell and Diehl.
– You probably never seen
this guy before, right?
(laughing)
So yeah, Jeremy’s in house
because we have a really
exciting release coming up soon,
just in time for Halloween.
It’s the first collaboration
between Warped Cigars
and Cornell and Diehl,
more specifically, between
Kyle from Warped Cigars
and Jeremy Reeves.
So, tell us a little
about the project, Jeremy.
– Man, I’m really excited about it.
You know, Kyle came and visited, and–
– You guys got your hands dirty.
– Yeah, he was really interested in pipes,
really interested in pipe tobacco.
He was pretty immediately interested
in the idea of Warped
actually having something
in that category.
And so we put our heads
together and kinda came up
with something that I think
is really, really great.
It is certainly pipe tobacco.
It is certainly a Virginia kind of flavor.
But it also, I think it’s equal parts
Virginia pipe tobacco and cigar–
– Character.
– Character all in one blend.
I think what we came up
with is really delicious,
we were both over the moon about it and
we’re smoking it right now.
– We’re smoking it right now.
Before we get into that,
I’ll say too for those
unfamiliar with Kyle,
he has been making and
blending his own cigars
for well over a decade.
He grew up around the
cigar business as well.
So, it was really interesting.
I was fortunate enough
to witness some of this,
and as somebody with like no experience,
obviously I’ve smoked
quite a lot of stuff,
but I’m not a blender,
I don’t know anything about tobacco really
other than what I like
and what I don’t like.
But it was really interesting
to watch these two guys
come together and sort of geek out
and get really mad scientist with it.
You know, forgive the
Halloween thing, but really,
so just smoking tons and
tons of different components.
You guys were using clay
tester pipes, I think,
for most of the process.
And then getting their hands dirty
blending up the initial batches
of some of these prototypes.
And what we ended up
with, also the Haunting,
we’ve landed on that.
And this is exclusive to Smokingpipes.com,
it is a limited release that
is seasonal for the fall.
Just in time for Halloween,
limited to 2000 tins this run.
And, like I said, I was
really interested in it
because as someone who is
primarily a Virginia smoker,
I do like to branch out and smoke things
with Dark Fired in them,
smoked with Perique in them.
The occasional English mixture,
there’s not a ton of cigar
component pipe tobacco blends
on the market as it is.
And as I was learning
how to be a pipe smoker,
and really trying a lot of stuff
over the last 10-12 years.
Many of the cigar blends
that I encountered
also featured Latakia.
And I think that those two components
play really well off of each other
and they are really
interesting in combination,
but the flavor of the Latakia
combined with the cigar
creates something for
me, that while enjoyable,
is utterly different then smoking a cigar
on it’s own.
– Yes, absolutely.
– So, my understanding Jeremy is that,
tell us a little about the
components here actually
before I continue.
– So, Red Virginia from North Carolina,
Bright Virginia from Canada
and then the cigar
component which, basically,
you’ve got almost equal portions,
Virginia, Virginia Leaf and cigar here.
Cigar makes up actually just
shy of 40% of the blend.
It’s a double A grade Dominican Corojo.
Has sort of an earthy,
an earthy mid range note,
not really deep base, but
like that mid-range note.
But then, over the top of it,
it’s got this really interesting,
sort of spicy complexity.
– To me I get, it’s picante as well.
– Yeah, I get hints of cinnamon,
something kind of like
cinnamon and nutmeg.
– Interestingly enough,
the flavors that I get
really remind me of a nice
rye or a nice bourbon.
– Yeah, absolutely.
– And obviously we took that opportunity,
especially because it’s technically fall
even though it’s like 90 degrees
in South Carolina right now,
we’re having a little bit of
an Autumn dram here as well,
but really like the warming spices,
the nutmeg, the cinnamon,
there’s even some notes that
I wouldn’t go as far as saying
vanilla, but kind of in the same way
that like an ex bourbon cask
can add some vanilla
qualities to a scotch whisky.
– There’s sort of a creamy,
sweetness that is underlying
and it seems to ebb and flow in the smoke.
At least what I’m smoking.
– I mean the finish for me is mostly dry,
but it’s still a dry finish
that activates your salivary
glands a little bit.
It’s not just super sharp,
but also you are getting
some of the tanginess,
and breadyness, and a little
bit of the grassy notes
from the Virginia’s.
I would have guessed visually
that there was Bright Virginia in this,
but smoking it, I think
the Red Virginia comes
through quite a bit more.
So basically, it’s like a
Virginia with a condimental leaf
that happens to be cigar,
that’s just doing something
a little bit differently
than Perique would do.
Or that, Dark Fired leaf would do.
– Sure, and this is an instance,
where, like I’ve said, 37.5%,
so we’ve hardly used it condimentaly.
– Its true.
– It makes up a significant
portion of the blend which is
one of the reasons, I think,
that the cigar character
makes itself so present
in the smoke compared to other
cigar leaf featuring blends.
– Sure, sure, because it’s
not a small percentage.
But like I said, I think
that, I wouldn’t limit this
to people who enjoy cigars
and enjoy pipe tobacco.
I think that if you enjoy
either, or if you enjoy both,
you’re gonna love it.
But more importantly, if
you’re into natural tobaccos
and if you’re a Virginia smoker,
and if you like a natural
tobacco character coming through,
if we never told you what was in this,
you’d be scratching your head.
But probably, because you enjoyed it a lot
and you’re trying to figure
out really what that is.
‘Cause it has a unique character.
For me, this is a singular
mixture in the sense that
I’ve smoked a lot of
different cigar blends
that feature either a
little bit of cigar leaf,
or cigar leaf and Latakia,
and this one preforms and
tastes a lot different.
It also scratches the itch
of wanting to smoke a cigar,
but not wanting to dedicate
two hours to a Churchill
or something like that.
I also think the room
note is quite pleasant.
– Oh yeah!
– You’re gonna get away with smoking this
in your living room,
whereas maybe your wife wouldn’t let you
light up a Toro or something like that.
So yeah, like I said, really interesting
to see these two guys
play with this project.
And we’re really excited about the product
and what came out of it.
I think it’s a perfect
mixture for this time of year.
I think it pairs very well
with your favorite spirit,
particularly your favorite brown spirit.
And the other thing I wanted
to talk to you Jeremy about is,
I personally think
there is a lot of aging
potential for this.
– Oh yeah, absolutely.
– Like, I’m gonna grab a bunch
of them and lay them down
because I’m pretty sure
after five, ten years,
this is gonna be incredible.
– Yep, I think so.
You know, there’s some
elements of the flavor
that sort of remind me of Sansepolcro.
Which is, you know, obviously
there’s a lot more Virginia
and a much smaller portion
of condimental leaf in Sansepolcro.
But, the Virginia character
is really where your aging
potential is gonna come from,
’cause the cigar leaf has
virtually no sugar to it.
But there is plenty of
highly sugared leaf here
that is going to lead to a lot of aging.
– And there are some fermented
notes going on here as well.
I would guess that that’s the Corojo,
like that slightly tangy
fermented kind of note.
But also too, this is,
I don’t say this a lot
about pipe tobaccos,
or about whiskys,
this is about as velvety,
satiny smooth of a smoke,
the mouth feel is great,
it produces a ton of smoke,
it burns and behaves really well.
But honestly, like
smoothness is not something
I typically comment on,
it’s extremely smooth.
So Jeremy, before we sign off,
I actually meant to ask
you, what pipe is that?
– This is a Former Sandblast Billiard.
– Beautiful.
– Thank you.
And what are you smoking?
– I’m smoking a prototype
actually, IMP Nosewarmer.
It’s one of just a few Meerschaum
pipes in my collection.
I’ve really been enjoying
my Meerschaum pipes lately.
And yeah, I’ve been smoking
this for a few weeks.
It’s coloring up a bit and
it’s a great tasting pipe.
Once again, thanks to everybody
that was involved in this project.
Kyle of Warped Cigars, Jeremy Reeves,
thanks for joining us Jeremy.
– Thank you!
– Good to see you guys,
have a happy Halloween
and good luck with the haunting.

5 thoughts on “Tasting Notes – Warped: The Haunting – Smokingpipes.com

  • Sounds like a fantastic blend for the autumn hunting and fishing adventure. Sad that it is difficult to test this when you live in Sweden😢

  • Is this going to be a regular addition to your line-up. Or is it just for this season, cause if it is I'll need to get a couple of them for my cellar.

  • Very interesting indeed, goes without saying of course (order placed already) but i am interested in what Jeremy have to offer, give i liked his billy bud blonde vs the original. Thank you for your efforts it is highly appreciated.
    Kindest regards
    Al janabi

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