Cigar Reveal #89


Aganorsa Leaf - Signature Selection Maduro

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Brand Aganorsa Leaf
Cigar Signature Selection Maduro
Wrapper Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description After more than two decades in the business, entrepreneur Eduardo Fernández has become a major player in Nicaragua’s cigar industry. His agricultural operation, Aganorsa, has made him one of the largest growers of premium cigar tobacco in all of Nicaragua (he owns about 1,200 acres spread out through Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega), and the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Estelí is responsible for some of Nicaragua’s hottest cigar brands such as Warped, Illusione, Viaje, and Foundation. Of his own cigar, the Signature Maduro, Fernández said, “This has been a long dream of Aganorsa going back 20 years to grow and naturally ferment a maduro cover leaf from our best fields in Nicaragua. It is in honor of Arsenio Ramos (Aganorsa's longtime blender) and a testament to his guidance and knowledge that we are finally able to introduce a Cuban seed Corojo Maduro leaf under shade in Jalapa for the cigar lovers of Nicaraguan leaf.” 
Review: Halfwheel Having tried a couple of the regular AGANORSA Leaf Signature, I was eager to see what the Maduro release brought to the table. What I found was a blend that traded in a good portion of the pepper that was present in the original version for a rich raisin and earthy sweetness that really helps the balance in the overall profile. While not the most complex of blends, the richness of the dominant flavors made for a very enjoyable cigar, and the construction was a non-issue for the most part. In the end, the AGANORSA Leaf Signature Maduro is a very nice followup to what was already a pretty good blend to begin with, and one that will hit a lot of buttons for a lot of people.
Review: Cigar-Coop While the flavor notes of mocha, pepper, and earth might seem common for a maduro cigar, there was something intangible about these flavors that really clicked with the Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro Robusto. There was a robustness of the flavors produced from this cigar. While this wasn’t the most complex of flavor profiles, the cigar still excelled in terms of the flavors delivered. One point of note is I found dry boxing for about 1 to 2 weeks had a big impact on these cigars. I live in the Southeast U.S. and these cigars arrived at retailers during the humid summer months – and I’ve heard they smoked on the wet side. The 1 to 2 weeks really made a big difference. The Aganorsa Leaf Signature Maduro Robusto is a cigar I would steer to a more seasoned cigar enthusiast. As for myself, this is a cigar I would smoke again – and it’s one that garners box worthy consideration.