The Warlock brand, with its gothic lettering, silver-on-black cigar bands and outlaw name, was quite a departure for cigar giant Altadis U.S.A. Inc. It has the edgy look of many a hot boutique cigar brand. Regardless of the image, the cigars are delicious.
Virtually every other Nicaraguan cigar factory makes its home in Estelí, but Warlocks hail from Condega, crafted by Omar Ortez at the Agros Tobacos Industriales cigar factory. Condega is a well-known tobacco growing area with a balance—the leaf is not as strong as that in nearby Estelí, nor as elegant as that grown farther north, in Jalapa.
Warlocks are designed to be strong, and they deliver, with power from the initial puff and a salty, leathery and earthy flavor that ends with notes of wood.