Aganorsa Leaf

Rare Leaf by Aganorsa Leaf

AGANORA RARE LEAF

First; I have been a big fan of Aganorsa Leaf for years, even before when the company was Casa Fernandez. I feel honored and humbled to share these next few moments with you in regards to this dynamite creation. 

When one thinks of rare leaf, what comes to mind? Well, that’s exactly what I typed into my search engine and you know what popped up? Two topics to be specific; mind altering plants AND the four leaf clover. In fact, there was a question that happened to appear in my search “what is the rarest leaf?” Answer: The Four Leaf Clover Collections and to be documented that the most leaves found on a clover stem was 56 found in Japan. But this article is not being typed up for you to learn about clovers, yet; this article will in fact assist in broadening your horizons AND maybe learn something new today in regards to this absolutely fine cigar by Aganorsa Leaf named “Rare Leaf”

It’s always nice when you have that moment to enjoy a tasty cigar. It’s even nicer when you have enjoyed that tasty cigar and then learn about the dedication that goes into making it. Which is why it gives me great joy to share my experience with you and learn about what serious dedication that not only goes into the process of day to day operations within Aganorsa Leaf BUT the utmost quality that Aganorsa Leaf produces within this “Rare Leaf” for YOU to enjoy. 

“First you crawl, then you walk, and then you run. It’s a process you can’t skip or else it comes back to haunt you” spoken from Eduardo Fernandez, owner of Aganorsa leaf. The man who had a dream and followed his dream; in 1998 his dream had become a reality. In 2021 Aganorsa Leaf introduced another reality into this world, the release of a new line of cigars named “Rare Leaf Reserve”. As the Name indicates, it is a line to showcase some of Aganorsa’s low-yield tobaccos. Typically when a blend uses a significant amount of low yield tobaccos, it will be limited. But for the Rare Leaf Reserve, Aganorsa Leaf wanted to showcase some of its rarer tobaccos as an ongoing production. In order to do this, the Rare Leaf Reserve was made available to retailers that are a part of the “Aganorsa Select” program. 

There are two tobacco crops that Aganorsa Leaf is known for; Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ’98. Over the past few years, it is the Corojo ’99 that has gotten much of the attention. The blend for the Rare Leaf Reserve is described as being predominantly Criollo ’98. The blend consists of 100% Aganorsa farm-grown tobacco. “A constant challenge is utilizing tobaccos to create blends which are outstanding expressions of our signature flavor and aroma while still producing them in quantities viable to sustain production consistently rather than just as one time limited editions or available only sporadically throughout the year,” said Terence Reilly, Aganorsa Leaf’s VP of sales and marketing “Rare leaf will be the first project using selections of our leaf in short supply that will be maintained in regular production. In order to achieve this, Rare Leaf will be available only to our Aganorsa Leaf Select Retail partners.” 

Lets get into this Aganorsa Café Nicaraguan wrapper, Criollo ’98 double binder, Criollo ’98 with a touch of Corojo’99 dubbed the “Rare Leaf Reserve”. After taking a few dry draws I discovered my palate was picking up a bakers chocolate, some dried fig with a hint of cedar notes. Not a bad profile (for me) to pick up before lighting up. Upon light up; immediately a full strength of flavor came through, not a super strong smack you in the head kind of strength but a very robust, swirling notes of salted milk chocolate, white/black peppers, and cinnamon. Certainly wasn’t expecting the explosion of goodness right off the rip but definitely peeked my curiosity to say “WOW, what’s next” 

The first 1/3rd calms down and settles in to a nice bakers spice profile with some dried dates, toasted walnuts, cocoa, and a super subtle hint of dried cherries . Very smooth, consistent, exactly what you would hope for on the start of an amazing journey. The second 1/3rd stayed consistent with certain profiles like milk chocolate, dried dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, with a very light cedar taste coming through. During this second 1/3rd session I did run into some tunneling issues, nothing that had taken away from the complete enjoyment of my experience, through my years of smoking cigars I’ve learned a few tricks to fix such issues without altering the cigars taste or construction. With that said, problem was fixed; a few touch ups with my single flame touch and moving on to the last 1/3rd of the cigar. Some notes that came back around were the hints of white and black peppers. I want to take a second to express what I mean when I say “White and Black” peppers. For me; white pepper has that soft subtle almost creamy kind of peppery taste, yet; black pepper, well, most of us know that profile of black pepper and I will say that I get more white pepper profiles then black pepper but that spice of the black pepper still lets my palate know what I’m experiencing. Continuing on my journey, I will say that some nice dark rich chocolate and molasses came through which was adding to the nice finish of this Rare Leaf Reserve cigar. 

There is currently three different sizes and come in boxes of 15 that are offered: Titan (6×60) $12.10, Toro (6×54) $11.50, Robusto (5 ¼ x 52) $10.99. So, your step is to find your nearest “Aganorsa Select” brick and mortar shop and pick yourself up one, two, or a box! You will not be disappointed! And I’ll leave you with another inspirational quote from the Owner of Aganorsa Leaf Eduardo Fernandez “Along the way, people say that it can’t be done… America taught me that it can be done.”

Wrapper –  Nicaraguan Jalapa

Binder – Nicaraguan Criollo

Filler – Nicaraguan

Website: www.aganorsaleaf.com

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 pints.

Lunatic Hysteria By Aganorsa

Lunatic Hysteria Aganorsa Aganorsa Hysteria is third cigar that Aganorsa Leaf (formerly known as Casa Fernandez) has created for Famous Smoke Shop, joining the Aganorsa Famous 80th and Siboney Reserve. Created to expand their Just For Retailers series and inspired by the Def Leopard song it is the one of the newest installments in the series. (OK maybe the Def Leopard thing inst true but it should be.) Incase you didn’t know the Just For Retailers series are cigars made exclusively for brick and mortar stores to help support them. So you might think, “Wait a minute, if these are to support B&M shops why does Famous have an exclusive blend for them when I buy cigars on line from them?” Well if you’ve never been there Famous has a large B&M along with a large restaurant attached at their warehouse in Easton PA and has been gracious enough to host several DR Meetups there. If you haven’t had the chance to go there I would recommend making the trip.

The wrapper is dark bronze in appearance with medium veining, nearly invisible seams and a closed foot. It feels firm to the touch with little yield when pressed between the fingers. The construction is solid and the cap cuts fine leaving no damage to the body. From the body I smell a lot of hay and cedar. The cold draw offers lots of licorice, tobacco and sweat tea flavors with a resistant pull.

As soon as it is lit the first few draws are loaded with pepper. Quickly the pepper drops to the backgrounded a more earthy flavor come to the front. The burn is even and the smoke production is plenty and light on the tongue. As I am a fast smoker I found the draw to be a little tight but after relaxing how hard I was trying to pull, it became easier to smoke.

When I reach the second half of the Lunatic Hysteria it becomes more full bodied and spicy. it is still earthy but with nuts with plenty of spice on the finish making it a real delight. Burning evenly through the entire session and loading the room with great smelling smoke I bring this one down to a nub.

Even though this is a JFR cigar the advantage of making an exclusive for Famous is that you have access to them even if you’re not in PA. With a full body and flavor its a great cigar that’s flavors make it enjoyable to anyone. Whether you’re in Easton or you have to hop on to their website at least pick up a fiver of these, you will not be disappointed.

Wrapper – Mexican San Andrés maduro

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Price: From $26.00 for a five pack and $100 for a box of 20

(Available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop.)

Website: Aganorsaleaf.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints

 

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Maduro

Aganorsa Signature Selection MaduroAganorsa Leaf has been in the game for a while, I just didn’t know how much they were into it… until recently. While smoking a few of their cigars I decided to do some homework and, before I get to the review, here’s a bit of what I found out.

Originally named Casa Fernandez it was in 1998 that Eduardo Fernandez went to Nicaragua with a dream: to grow the finest tobacco in the world that captured the very essence of the Cuban cigars of old.  To do this, he traveled to Cuba and assembled a world class team of Cuban agronomists who worked at the highest levels of Cubatobaco, in many cases for over half a century, and brought them to Nicaragua.  These men oversaw the production of tobacco during the heyday of Cuban cigars, knew exactly the taste they were famous for, and recognized they could recreate the style and aroma of Cuban leaf using traditional Cuban methods in conjunction with the resources available to them in Nicaragua. The tobacco they cultivated is named Aganorsa Leaf as an acronym for his farm named Agricola Ganadera Norteña S.A.

As a vertically integrated company, Aganorsa Leaf oversees the entire production process—from seed to ash—guaranteeing every cigar consistently produces maximum pleasure. Every cigar rolled in their factories in Nicaragua and Miami is composed their highest grade Aganorsa Leaf, and is crafted under the watchful eye of Eduardo, his son Max, and their team of Cuban supervisors. When you smoke one of our world class blends, you will experience the difference between ordinary tobacco and Aganorsa Leaf. Try one today and taste the superior flavor of AGANORSA.

OK, on to why you’re really here, how was this cigar?

Visually the Signature Selection Maduro is a great looking cigar. The wrapper is dark brown in color with hints of red when the light hits it just right. Light veining and seams that you have to search to find. It has a soft velvet finish to it and the body feels dense. The cap cuts easily and creates no damage to the body. The smell offers aromas of hay, cedar and leather with these notes stronger at the foot. The preflight draw had earthy flavors and a hint of cocoa.

The first half tasted of chocolate, earth, and a white pepper finish. With a profile in the medium body range it’s a smooth smoking cigar. It provides plenty of pleasant smelling smoke that has a good weight to it, burns evenly and produces a light grey ash that holds on for about an inch.

The second half is where the fuller flavors start to come into focus. at this point it transitions into flavors of coffee and chocolate with a spicy pepper finish. While these flavors are full it never feels overwhelming and remains a easy smoking, medium bodied cigar. Then burn is nothing short of perfect and the smoke gets more heavy and dense as you smoke, filling the room with its aroma.

In the end I thought this was a great cigar to smoke and now wish I had picked up more than just a few. I grabbed the Belicoso size and but I’m sure each size is equally as good. After looking into the blend I found that for this cigar they are using medio tiempo, which is not only rare but, very rich in flavor. If I had to guess this is the secrete ingredient to rounding out the overall flavor f this smoke. From novice to expert this is a solid stick to try out. When you see these in your local B&M make sure to pick some up.

Wrapper – Nicaraguan Corojo

Binder – Nicaraguan

Filler – Nicaraguan

Don’t Forget Medio Tempo is added in there

Price: $10.00

Website: Aganorsaleaf.com

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 pints