Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto
Good afternoon! While its still in the 100’s here, only much, much more humid, I decided to brave the heat with an Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto and a bottle of Side Project’s Pulling Nails Saison.
The Good Stuff:
Aganorsa Leaf has been on a tear in recent years and has climbed its way to the top of just about every “top 10 cigars of..” list out there, including our own. The Supreme Leaf is the newest offering from the brand hitting the marketing just a few months ago. Produced at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory in Nicaragua the details on the blend are pretty scarce. From what I can gather its all-Nicaraguan makeup leans corojo 99 dominant. The cigars come packaged in boxes of 10 starting at $9.95 a stick. While the initial release of a single 5 1/2 x 52 format hit the market in limited quantities of only 500 boxes, a Toro 6 x 54 format recently hit, and flew off shelves just as fast as it landed. Big thanks to Anthony over at Cigars International for helping me get my hands on these elusive sticks.
- Size: 5 1/2 x 52
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan
- Binder: Nicaraguan
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Body: Full
- Strength: Medium/Full
- Price: $9.95
- Pairing: Side Project Pulling Nails (Saison 6% ABV)
The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf starts off with a very rustic looking medium brown wrapper thats coated in patches of orange, yellow, and darker brown. The wrapper itself feels very thin and a bit brittle with a slightly toothy texture and a trace amount of oils. The foot of the cigars covered by the wrapper leaf extending and folding over the foot of the cigar. The wrapper sports some medium sized veins and lots of natural webbing in the tobacco leaf as the soft-box-pressed body leads up to the cigar’s double-wrapped cap. The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf is polished off with a big, bold yellow orange and purple band with the Aganorsa Leaf crest along side the words “Supreme Leaf” embossed on the front of the band.
The wrapper on the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf gives off a very pungent ginger and natural tobacco aroma while the foot of the cigar is much of the same with a touch of spice coming through. The cap cut clean and easily using my Xikar XO double bladed cutter. The cold draw produces a ton of sweet cedar, honey, and natural tobacco flavors.
The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf starts off with a whole mess of deep cedar notes wrapped around honey, caramel, soft leather and spice notes with some light floral flavors and a nice saltiness thats left on my lips after each puff. As I get passed the first few draws a nice citrus flavor peeks its head in as well. The draw is perfect, and comfort due to the soft-box pressed format is awesome as well. Each tiny little puff kicks out huge clouds of thick, gray smoke which hang around for a considerable amount of time before dissipating. The burn line is razor thin and dead even leaving behind a trail of tightly compacted light gray ash which held on for almost an inch before giving way.
Into the second third of the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf and the flavors are really coming on. The cedar, honey, and caramel are still leading the charge along with some great floral and leather notes over light cashew and spice. The retrohale brings out a ton of the spice which is very subtle during the standard smoking experience. The brunline is still dead even and razor thin. I close out the second third with a pretty decent little nicotine kick.
Into the final third of the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf and the flavors have really pushed this cigar well into the full-bodied arena. That cedar just won’t let up, backed by honey, cashew and soft spice with some very light leather notes, this is a great mixture of flavors. It took me almost two hours to take this cigar down to to the nub and I experienced no harshness, nor extended heat. Be prepared for that final third though, the nicotine really comes though and almost crests the full/medium-full department.
The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf has been flying off shelves, with good reason, its a fantastic cigar. I have always been a fan of the brand and thier newest releases have just been on a whole new level. The flavor profile for the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf is complex, and really showcases the superior quality tobacco in which the company uses. The price is VERY affordable and in my opinion much lower than what I’d drop on a cigar like this. Lets just hope they start coming in more regularly so I can stock up and keep them on hand for my regular rotation.
Side Project’s Pulling Nails (batch 7) is a combination of the best wild and blonde ales the brewery released that year aged in bourbon barrels. Coming in at 6% ABV this blended saison starts with a very strong acidic lime, backed by tangerine, white grapes, and a great mixture of light funk and bold sourness. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp before the beer finishes with more mouth puckering lime and white grapes. This is an ideal sour to enjoy on a hot, summer day and the flavors, while they weren’t similar to those found in the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf paired really well with the cigar.