JC Newman

March 09, 2021

Aganorsa Leaf Rare Leaf Reserve Robusto (5 1/4 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Aganorsa Leaf has released a new line called Rare Leaf. It’s a line designed to be a regular production line for the company’s Aganorsa Select retailers, but still incorporate some of Aganorsa Leaf’s best low yield tobaccos into the blend.

Blend-wise, the cigar features 100% Aganorsa tobacco highlighted by a café cover leaf from Jalapa over a double binder and filler tobaccos of predominantly Criollo ’98 with a just touch of Corojo ’99.

“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,” stated Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a press release. “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.”

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Aganorsa Café (Jalapa)

Binder: Aganorsa (Double)

Filler: Aganorsa (Criollo ’98 with a touch of Corojo ’99)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacos de Valle Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Vitolas Offered

Robusto: 5 1/4 x 52 (SRP $10.99) REVIEWED TODAY

Toro: 6 x 54 (SRP $11.50)

Titan: 6 x 60 (SRP $12.10)

The cigar is quite dense feeling. It has a nice feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet orange citrus, apricot, quite a bit of dry nutmeg, leather, and an earthy black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at an 8. A very sweet start with lots of nutmeg.

At the first third (27 minutes) the cigar has changed from the light up. The extreme sweet flavors at light up have toned down. The nutmeg has really risen causing the extreme sweetness to decrease. The leather notes have also moved up. The cigar is still very sweet but not as sweet as it was before. The cigar has more depth now. The finish is one of nutmeg and leather with light citrus notes. There was nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is not quite as good now as it was at light up but it's still good enough to rate 94.

Moving through the second third (49 minutes) the cigar has not changed a lot. The same basic flavors and enjoyability are still there but the nutmeg and leather have slightly increased. They have not increased enough to change the score but it they keep increasing they will. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is now a low grade medium to full bodied. I still had citrus and hints of apricot, hints of orange peel, abundant dry nutmeg, slightly elevated leather, and black coffee. I held the score of 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 12 minutes. I thought it would last longer based on how it felt in the hand before light up. The cigar burned evenly to the end. The nutmeg and leather continued to slowly rise. Not to an extreme but they were elevated from the second third. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. This is a very good cigar and it's much better after 2-3 weeks in the humidor. The elevated nutmeg and leather did not hurt the score much but I lowered it to 93 for the final third.

Overall Score: 93.67


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