Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro

Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro

Casa Fernandez Cigars
Country: USA (Miami)
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 54
Strength: full-bodied
Price: $8.90 MSRP

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Overall Rating: 8.8

Casa Fernandez is one of those brands with a very loyal fan base, and deservedly so. Also known as Tabacalera Tropical, Casa Fernandez controls every step in the cigar making process from farm to factory. (Their tobacco is used in some My Father, Tatuaje and Alec Bradley cigars.) The cigar is produced by their factory in Miami and extremely well constructed. The Aganorsa Leaf Maduro is an impressive full-bodied cigar with some very unique flavours. This is one of the better cigars to come out of the IPCPR Trade Show in 2012, and at the price is well worth adding to your humidor.

Pre-Light: The red and cream colored band of the Aganorsa Leaf Maduro is set off nicely against the dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. Its box pressing only adds to the look of the cigar, and to how its natural feel in the hand. This is a well constructed cigar with an easy pre-light draw. Cocoa and wood aromas come from the unlit foot. The wrapper is a bit on the dry side so it is important to be careful when cutting the Aganorsa Leaf Maduro so as not to crack the wrapper.

Burn: The burn of the Aganorsa Leaf Maduro is mostly even, and when there is an uneven burn it quickly corrects itself. Of the five cigars I smoked for this review, only one needed the occasional correction with my lighter. The draw is extremely smooth and easy.

Flavor: This cigar begins leafy with just a tad of spice to it. As the cigar gets going hints of chocolate, oak and sourdough bread make for an interesting smoking experience during the first third. The second third of the cigar is dominated by chocolate flavor with just the slightest hints of cherry and oak. Chocolate, coffee, oak and an earthiness all mix together nicely. One of the great things about this cigar is that the flavors are unmuddled through to the very end. This is a very hard cigar to put down.

Overall: Mexican San Andres wrappers are a major trend in the cigar industry right now. Everyone seems to be releasing a cigar with a San Andres wrapper. Few cigars have made such good use of this flavorful wrapper as Casa Fernandez because of their ability to control the product from seed to cigar. I was very pleased with the flavor of this cigar, as the cocoa and coffee are some of my favorite cigar flavors. This cigar has all the hallmarks of one that will age well, and is worth making space in the humidor for a few.

Pairing: A glass of Fonseca Quinta Do Panascal Vintage Port is a wonderful compliment to the Casa Fernandez Arganorsa Leaf Maduo. The Balvenie 17 DoubleWood, Glenmorangie Lasanta, Penderyn Welsh Single Malt, Macallan 30 and Aberlour A’bunadh are all great whisky choices for pairing with this cigar.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)