JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto by Aganorsa Leaf
The JFR or Just For Retailers brand by Aganorsa Leaf was created in 2005 to support brick and mortar retailers. The brand gained a strong foothold in the large ring gauge market with the 2011 release of the JFR 770. But they wouldn’t stop there with releasing huge ring gauge cigars. In 2015, the lunatic line was added to the brand with an 8 by 80 Mambo. Since I am not a large ring gauge smoker, I am sure glad Aganorsa added in the manageable Short Robusto to the Lunatic Line that I have up for review today.
The JFR Lunatic line is manufactured in Nicaragua and is available in Maduro or Habano wrapper options. The JFR Lunatic Maduro utilizes a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos grown by Aganorsa. Available sizes include Short Robusto (4 1/4 by 52), Short Titan (4 1/4 by 60), El Chiquito (4 1/4 by 70), Jackhammer (8 by 60), and Mambo (8 by 80). The cigars come packaged in 28 count boxes except for the Mambo (24-count) and Jackhammer (35-count) and will run you between $6.20 for the Short Robusto to $9.20 for the Mambo.
You can purchase the JFR Lunatic Maduro from our good friends at Famous Smoke Shop.
Vitola:: Short Robusto
Size: 4 1/4 by 52
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Smoke Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
The JFR Lunatic Maduro wears a dark chocolate wrapper that is coated in a fine tooth and raised veins. Sugar-like crystals glisten on the wrapper that feels like fine-grain sandpaper. There is not a soft spot to be found on this firmly rolled cigar.
The wrapper aroma presents a mixture of earth, barnyard, chocolate, and dark fruit notes. Even though the foot is closed, I am still able to pick up on a cedar woodiness and pepper spice. The triple cap cuts clean and opens up a near-perfect draw. Big woodsy notes are found on the cold draw with some faint, dry baking spices. A medium heat lingers on the lips.
The JFR Lunatic Maduro opens with a dark earth and black coffee profile. A black pepper spice follows closely behind and dark fruit notes are in the background. Huge volumes of smoke pour out of this Short Robusto as it burns evenly while a brilliant white ash forms.
The profile settles as I make my way into the second third of the JRP Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto. The earth is still the dominant flavor, but not as heavy on the palate. A yeasty quality and dry cocoa move into the profile. As I move the smoke through my nose, I find the pepper to be brighter than expected.
I am beginning to feel some of the strength this 4 1/4 by 52 cigar brings to the table as I enter the final leg of the cigar. As the earth develops to a deeper note of dirt and diesel, the smoke becomes a bit drying in the mouth. A meaty, savory quality joins up as I move into the last inch and half of the JFR Lunatic Maduro
The JFR Lunatic Maduro Short Robusto comes in at a wallet-friendly price of $6.20 and delivers a dark, earthy, and spicy profile in the medium to full range. Even though the core flavors held throughout the smoke, there were some noticeable changes in each third. The strength progressively increased as the cigar burned with a near-perfect burn-line The JFR Lunatic Maduro provides a great bang for the buck.