Back in December 2019, AGANORSA Leaf began teasing a new release that would focus attention on what the company considers is its biggest strength: its tobacco.
Appropriately named Supreme Leaf, the new release debuted in just one vitola—a 5 x 52 box-pressed robusto vitola priced at $9.95—during the Tobacco Plus Expo 2020 that took place in January before shipping to retailers in March. The company produced just 500 boxes of 10 cigars for the cigar’s first run at its Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory in Estelí, though also noted that it is not a limited edition.
Fast forward to last month, when the second size began shipping to stores, albeit with triple the number of cigars and at a slightly higher price point. The Supreme Leaf Toro consists of a 6 x 54 toro gordo priced at $10.50 each that is limited to 1,500 boxes of 10 cigars.
There have been two releases in the Supreme Leaf line so far.
- AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto (5 x 52) — 500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars)— $9.95 (Box of 10, $99.50)
- AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro (6 x 54) — 1,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (15,000 Total Cigars) — $10.50 (Box of 10, $105)
- Cigar Reviewed: AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
- Wrapper: Nicaragua
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Length: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 54
- Vitola: Toro Gordo
- MSRP: $10.50 (Box of 10, $105)
- Release Date: July 2020
- Number of Cigars Released: 1,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (15,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Visually, the AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro is covered in an attractive mocha brown wrapper that is velvety smooth to the touch with no major veins to be seen. In addition, although it is extremely dense when held in your hand, the cigar is quite spongy when squeezed, and there is a noticeable lack of oil present. The aroma from the wrapper is a combination of strong peanut butter and milk chocolate—almost reminiscent of a peanut butter cup, albeit with less overt sweetness—cedar, leather, earth, and slight espresso while the cold draw brings flavors of cedar, cinnamon, leather, earth, dark cocoa nibs, hay, bread and black pepper.
The flavors of the AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro start up immediately after lighting the uncovered foot: distinct flavors of sweet cedar interspersed with dark chocolate leading the way on the palate. Additional notes of creamy nuts, gritty earth, bitter espresso beans, cinnamon and hay flit in and out as well, along with a touch of spice on my lips. In addition, the retrohale features a distinct raisin sweetness combined with black pepper, while a mild jalapeño note is noticeable on the finish. Construction-wise, the draw is excellent after a straight cut, and while the burn is very far from perfect, it is not quite bad enough to need correcting as of yet. The overall strength ramps up early and has no issues reaching a point close to medium by the time the first third comes to a close.
While the main flavors in the profile of the Supreme Leaf Toro don’t change much—the cedar easily hang onto the top spot—there is a significant increase in both the spice on my lips and black pepper on the retrohale, both of which become aggressive enough to impact the profile in a major way. Lesser notes of cinnamon, sawdust, citrus, coffee grounds, earth and leather bring up the rear. There is also significantly more raisin sweetness and jalapeño pepper on the retrohale and finish respectively. Thankfully, the burn has evened up nicely and the draw continues to impress, but the overall strength has also increased—albeit slowly—reaching a solid medium by the end of the second third.
Unfortunately, both the jalapeño on the finish and black pepper on the retrohale increase enough to start drowning out some of the minor flavors in the profile of the AGANORSA Leaf during the final third, although the sweet cedar and dark chocolate combination still leads the way. Secondary notes of barnyard, cinnamon, leather, bitter espresso, floral and earth that flit in and out, and while the raisin sweetness on the retrohale is sticking around, there is no doubt it is overwhelmed by the pepper at certain points. Both the burn and the draw continue to impress and the overall strength increases enough to easily hit a point well on its way to the full mark by the time I put the nub down with a bit more than an inch remaining.
- I have always loved having the covered foot on cigars, not only for how it looks visually but also due to the fact that I get a blast of the flavor of whatever wrapper is before the full profile starts after burning the main part of the foot.
- If you are just starting to retrohale, this is absolutely not a blend you want to practice on, due to the aggressive black pepper that really picks up around the start of the second third.
- Interestingly, all three of the samples I smoked for this review featured a minimum amount of smoke production in the first third that picked up noticeably in the second and final thirds. That is not to say that the smoke production was less than normal in the first third—it was not—just that there was noticeably more of it in the final two thirds.
- The ash on this vitola is extremely flaky, enough so that it fell in small chunks multiple times per cigar with no provocation whatsoever.
- Overall, this cigar had one of the most unattractive burns I have seen in quite a while, but it rarely had any negative effect on the profile itself and only needed to be corrected on two samples.
- For some reason I can’t explain, it really annoys me that the AGANORSA in AGANORSA Leaf is meant to be capitalized while the Leaf in the name is not. Editor’s Note: Sometimes the company refers to the name as Aganorsa Leaf. — CM.
- Formerly named Casa Fernández, the company changed its name to AGANORSA Leaf in April 2018 in order to transition from a name that references its owner to one that ties in with the larger agricultural empire of which it is a part.
- AGANORSA Leaf advertises on halfwheel.
- The cigars for this review were purchased by halfwheel.
- Final smoking time averaged one hour and 51 minutes for all three samples.
- If you are looking to purchase any of the AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro, site sponsors Atlantic Cigar Co. and JR Cigar have them in stock now.
I enjoyed the one Supreme Leaf Robusto I smoked quite a bit and the Toro shares a number of similarities with its smaller sibling, so it is no surprise that I feel mostly the same way about the new toro in the same blend. Having said that, starting around the beginning of the final third, the combination of jalapeño on the finish and black pepper on the retrohale is strong enough to mostly overwhelm not only the once dominant notes of creamy cedar and dark chocolate on the palate, but also the raisin sweetness on the retrohale. Overall, the AGANORSA Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro is a good cigar now, but I think six months to a year of age will be plenty of time to bring some much-needed balance to the final third, which would make it an overall more complete experience.