April 2020 Cigar Reveal


Aganorsa Leaf - Connecticut

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Brand Aganorsa Leaf
Cigar Connecticut
Wrapper Ecuador Connecticut
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). But while Fernandéz controls a vast quantity of valuable acreage in Esteli, Nicaragua, he isn’t just a leaf man. The Aganorsa Leaf factory in Estelí is responsible for some of Nicaragua’s hottest cigar brands such as Warped, Illusione, Viaje, Foundation, and Gurkha. 
Review: Stogie Review
With the exception of my final third, the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut is a well made and delightfully blended cigar. By the end of the first third, I found my self thinking, man, this is such a great cigar. And it deserves praise for burning well, even when smoked slowly, the way I prefer. There are a lot of great tasting cigars out there that just don’t do that well. This is a regular rotation cigar for me, and I expect it will continue to be one for the foreseeable future. 
Review: Cigar-Coop
If there are any questions on whether Casa Fernandez could produce a Connecticut Shade cigar, the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut is going to provide a very quick yes. There are a lot of Connecticut Shade Cigars that claim to be stronger and fuller than your average mild to medium Connecticut Shade. At the same time, I’ve found that few actually deliver on this claim. The Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Toro is one of a select few Connecticut Shade cigars that deliver this bolder smoke. On top of this, the Aganorsa Leaf TABSA Connecticut Toro delivers plenty of flavor and a nice amount of complexity.

All Saints - Dedicación

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Brand All Saints
Cigar Dedicación
Wrapper Mexico
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Back in December (how long ago does THAT feel...?), Standard & Twain was proud to introduce to the world a new cigar brand called All Saints. That first cigar was a limited edition, pre-release called Solamente, and to say it was a success would be an understatement. It quickly became one of the most highly rated blind tasted cigars of 2019, and was our #2 cigar of the year. Not bad for a brand new cigar brand. Well once again we are the first to debut All Saints first regular production line: Dedicación. Like we said in December, chances are you've already seen All Saints founder Micky Pegg's work in the industry. That's because Pegg is the former VP of Sales at CAO Int., and has also worked for Felipe Gregorio and industry giant Davidoff. After departing from CAO, Pegg took a break from cigars and worked in wealth management. But it wasn't long before his two friends convinced him it was time to return with his own brand. Together they launched All Saints. Of his new cigar, Pegg said, “Dedicación is for every meaningful person in my life. From those working in the fincas to the families they support. And for the families in the States that support those guys that are on the road four or five days a week. And it’s for my mentors along the way like David Berkebile, Walter Gorski, George Brightman and, of course, Cano Ozgener (the late founder of CAO).”
Review:
Review:              Our Review
Even pre-light, Dedicación has already began appealing to our senses. It's beautiful to behold: a rigidly box-pressed cigar with a dark, silky wrapper. Once lit and smoking, we were quick to notice this cigar wasn't too dissimilar from All Saints first release, Solamente. Since that cigar was our #2 cigar of 2019, that's a good thing. There are rich notes of milk chocolate, coffee and caramel from start to finish, but the one difference here is the lack of spice through the nose or on the palate. It's been replaced by a creamy vanilla flavor, and the medium-bodied smoke makes it appropriate for both a midday or an after dinner cigar. The slightly short finish is forgiven by a slow burn that results in a 1.5 hour+ smoke. Overall this is a rich, balanced smoke that won't overpower it's malty, creamy tasting profile.