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Notes: Rich... Regal Louisiana perique commands attention as deep, complex notes of dark fruit and chocolate envelop the palate.

Poised... With balance and grace, the flavors of fine Virginia leaf and alluring, matured burley enhance the perique's lavish character.

Elegant... A sumptuous selection of cigar leaf, pressed and steamed into an exquisite cavendish, bestows unsurpassed delicacy and mystique.

Known for their boutique, Cuban style cigars, Warped is curated and supervised by founder Kyle Gellis, an entrepreneur and lover of all things bespoke and luxurious. He has a taste for finery and approaches his ventures with rigorous standards of perfection that are applied to the slightest of subtleties. Such a mindset translated naturally when Warped expanded into pipe tobaccos in 2019, seeing Kyle Gellis collaborate with Cornell & Diehl's Jeremy Reeves to create nuanced blends, marked by quality components and intriguing flavor profiles that align with Warped's "be exclusively different" mantra.

Joining Warped's selection of pipe tobaccos, Gellis and Reeves present Warped's Kings Stride as a regular production mixture. The blend's moniker is taken from one of Kyle's high-end wines, with matching logo. Like the Cabernet Sauvignon, Kings Stride pipe tobacco is rich, poised, and elegant — a crumble cake boasting a combination of Louisiana perique, five year aged burley, and a unique cavendish comprised of pressed and steamed cigar leaf, for a natural profile that's free of added flavor to showcase the quality tobaccos' inherent notes.

BrandCornell & Diehl
Blended ByGellis and Reeves
Manufactured ByCornell and Diehl
Blend TypeOther
ContentsBurley, Cigar Leaf, Perique, Virginia
CutKrumble Kake
Packaging2 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Medium to Strong
None Detected
Medium to Full
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable, Tolerable, Strong
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2849)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

The spicy, raisiny, plumy, earthy, woody, stewed prune-like Louisiana perique is the lead component, but not by much. The peaty, woody, muddy, coffee-like, mildly grassy, vegetative, floral, smoky, leathery, cedary, lightly sour, creamy and spicy, herbal, tart and tangy citrusy, rough edged AA grade Dominican Criollo cigar cavendish offers abundant support. The bold burley provides a lot of toast, earth, wood, some nuts, bare sweetness, some sharp sourness, and a floral quality in an important secondary role. The Virginias supply some tart and tangy citrus, tangy dried darker fruit, earth, wood, bread, a little grass and a floral note. They are just above being a condiment. The strength is a step past the medium mark. The taste is a slot past that level. The nic-hit is medium. Won’t bite or get harsh, though I recommend a moderate puffing cadence to insure the latter possibility. This easily broken apart crumble kake contains a little moisture, but needs no dry time. Well balanced, complex and nuanced, you will notice nearly every aspect in every puff. It burns cool, clean and a tad slow with a lightly inconsistent, mildly sweet, sour and spicy, floral, savory flavor that translates to the pleasantly lingering after taste and stronger room note. Leaves little dampness in the bowl. Requires a few relights. Not an all day smoke, but it certainly is repeatable. I suggest a wide bowl to fully capture all of the characteristics of the various flavors.


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Big Train Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Big Train (116)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Tolerable

This is the first Warped blend that I have tried and it's a knockout . Upon opening the tin note is excellent .The perique is very apparent . Plenty of prunes and other stewed fruit goodies to meet your nose . The crumble cake easily comes apart , I didn't need a knife . Packing it rather loose , because of the crumble cake format , a slight touch of the flame was enough to insure a proper lite . This is a perique forward mixture but the five year burley really adds a sugary quality . We have seen excellent VaPers before but this one is really different from any other treatment that I have seen . The cigar leaf , that has gone through the cavandish process, is the real star of the show . What an innovative idea . The smoke is amazingly complex . One minute you are smoking a VaPer and the next a unique cigar , and the following they are all working together . Every puff is an adventure This is a never before tobacco , the cigar leaf is the wild card that makes it so . It is rare to try sometging totally different and this tobacco was simply unexpected .

7 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2034)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Warped - Kings Stride.

The tin holds just one chunk of kake, unlike some where it arrives in several pieces. In my tin there was enough already broken away for my first pipe but after the initial 'easy' fill I found it an exceedingly simple tobacco to work with! The hydration suited me; I like it to be a little moist. The aroma's fruity yet slightly sharp.

Even though a touch moist my first bowl lit easily. The smoke? Lovely! I get a leading taste from the Perique. It only leads by a smidgen at first but as the bowl progresses the fruity, sour, flavour strengthens. The Virginia and Burley give impeccable support, with the usual Virginia-zest and some very 'warming' Burley notes. The Cigar Cavendish is unusual in flavour; the process has removed any 'dry' cigar nuances and made the it taste more creamy and luxurious. So, it isn't a blend awash with flavours of 'stale' cigars! It burns wonderfully, without a bite to be had!

Nicotine: medium. Room-note: not too bad.

Kings Stride? No wonder sold out quickly, it's smashing! Highly recommended:

Four stars.

Pipe Used: Yavuz

Age When Smoked: 12/09/19

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moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (215)
Medium to Strong None Detected Full Tolerable to Strong

Kings Stride is a cigar-based blend from the Warped Folks at Cornell & Diehl that uses the same cigar leaf Cavendish as their Until the End blend, but IMO KS makes better use of this leaf, by putting it in a starring role, with a more simpatico supporting cast. My tin is dated 5-18-20. Inside are soft, moist, thin and fairly wide ribbons pressed into what has come to be known as a krumble kake. The ribbons range from tan, to red-brown, to dark brown, to black. The tin note is funky, mushrooms over rotting hay and wild flowers, peat and loam, with dark fruit leather and moldering fig under that, with a top note of sour milk and dark chocolate. There is a significant barnyard component here that also comes out in the smoke. It handles, loads, lights and smokes down fine, with lots of smoke. First up and leading the charge is the cigar leaf Cavendish, which is both strong and smooth, also floral,with proud but civilized cigar spices through the course of the smoke. Next is the sour Perique, stewed figs and dates, well melded with the sweetened, grassy, bready, dark fruit leather VAs. The aged Burley is nutty, woody, quite fragrant, floral, and bitter, and it may well be the source of the barnyard thing. It's more than gratuitous here. This is a complex blend that is somehow both strong and restrained. Of note: there is no Latakia, and it is not missed in this blend. Tastes are full. Room note is tolerable. Aftertaste is a long, drawn out tapering off of the best of the smoke.

Reading the above, my first thought is that the parts do not sound nearly as good as the whole turns out to be. This is a first class blend that will certainly benefit from aging and rest, both. Four Stars.

Pipe Used: cigar leaf briars, circa #5

Age When Smoked: right from a young tin

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Similar Blends: Compare/contrast to Warped Until the End, or GLP Key Largo.

2 people found this review helpful.

Antonius Blok Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Antonius Blok (152)
Strong None Detected Full Strong

Upon opening the tin I found a kake with some loose chunks and crumbling tobacco on the bottom, which gives off an aroma that already points to a va / per / bur, with a barnyard smell (totally according to moniker) that reminds me of Old Joe Krantz, but with the addition of a slightly different nuance of tobacco, which I assume will be the cigar leaf. It falls apart very easily, simply by pinching the tobacco. It is slightly damp, but this does not prevent it from being loaded directly from the tin and that after the first ignition it does not cost too much to keep it on.

Once underway, I have the impression that the intensity with which the ingredients were captured during the cold sniffing are perfectly translated during the smoke, with the same proportions, something that does not always happen with pipe tobaccos. It produces a fairly creamy smoke and is highly flavorful, inviting you to linger on, without even a hint of bite. The amount of nicotine is noted.

Age When Smoked: 4 months

Similar Blends: Similar to Old Joe Krantz -Cornell & Diehl- with the addition of the cigar leaf.

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Badmedicine Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Badmedicine (38)
Medium None Detected Medium to Full Strong

Bottom Line: Not quite what I expected. It's rare to find a cigar-leaf blend that actually tastes like a cigar, let alone one that uses a more niche wrapper leaf like Corojo. The description of this intrigued me; I used to work at a cigar-centric B&M, and I always had a weakness for our house-blend Corojo puro sticks. I loved the combination of wood and sweet spices this leaf tends to bring. Mix that with red Virginias and a good whack of Perique? Say no more. Well, it seems my initial hunch was partially correct. The notes of Corojo leaf are front and center; if anything, they are overbearing. Although I can occasionally get the pepper of the Perique and some woodiness from the Virginias, the flavor of Corojo overwhelms them. Smokes dry, both in terms of moisture and flavor. Can get a little bitter if abused. Room note will not make you any friends; again, the Corojo dominates with its characteristic "Barnyard" scent. Body is not quite as heavy/creamy as some cigar blends can be; a Corojo characteristic again. Nicotine is not outrageous, but the flavor might be a bit rich to be an All-day blend. I feel like I would like this blend better if the Perique and Virginias were increased, and the Corojo Cavendish and burley backed down. That said, it achieves what it sets out to do. It's certainly different. Feels like it might appeal more in colder weather, but I can't stand having more than three open tins at a time; one has to be finished to try something new. As I always do with new blends, I bought two tins. This review is based on the fresh product; I will update after 6 months to a year.

Pipe Used: Bones Sausage, Charatan Egg

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

Similar Blends: A Corojo Puro dipped in rye whiskey.

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LiterarySmoker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LiterarySmoker (135)
Medium to Strong None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Knowing that I like full bodied VaPer blends, this one sounded interesting. This blend has a typical VaPer with added Burley and Cigar Leaf Cavendish. The tin is simple in an elegant way. When I opened my tin I found a typical C&D crumble cake mostly dark brown in color. When I first opened the tin a strong smell of Perique mustiness took over the tin note. Now that I have had my tin open for a while I smell musty, plummy Perique, bready matured Red Virginia, and slightly nutty Burley. The cake is a little moist, but not too wet to crumble and smoke. It does take a light fairly easily as most of C&D's crumble cake's do.

When I light the blend it takes on the character of a well made VaPer. The first thing I taste is the Perique, it's plummy, dark fruity, and it gives a lot of spice on the retrohale. Coming up behind the Perique is the Burley with nuttiness and earth; it adds a lot of body to this blend. The Virginias are bready, and just a hair citrusy and rounds out the blend. The cigar Leaf Cavendish is interesting, like the other two blends I've reviewed it adds a floral complexity and a herbal note to the overall experience. This one would be an excellent blend to agree.

The taste is a Medium edging toward medium-full. It does fill my mouth but in a soft way. The strength is a medium-strong, the amount of Perique really boosts the nicotine, but in a way that makes me satisfied. The room note is typical of a VaPer. I think this could easily be an all day blend, especially for those of us who like VaPers with a heavy Perique content.

Pipe Used: Peterson Short 150 Bulldog

Age When Smoked: New

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