Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Delire edition. This is a cigar where we assessed the several other vitolas in this line before, most recently the Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Illustre back in November 2013.
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Aganorsa)
Country of Origin: USA (Casa Fernandez Miami)
Delire: 6 x 50
The Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Delire is the fourth vitola introduced into Casa Fernandez’s Aganorsa Leaf line. The Delire added a 6 x 50 toro into this all box-pressed line. Aganrosa stands for Agricola Ganadera Nortena S.A and is the name of the large farming operation owned by Eduardo Fernandez in Nicaragua. Today Aganorsa grown tobacco is some of the most sought after tobacco in the industry. The name Delire is French for “delirium” or wild idea. The name comes from the intense flavor from the 5 year old Nicaraguan tobacco in the blend.
The Aganorsa Leaf Maduro made its debut at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show. It follows up the Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf cigar. The original Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf is made from 100% Aganorsa tobacco and features a Nicaraguan Corojo. The Aganorsa Leaf Maduro leverages Aganorsa tobacco for the binder and filler, but for the wrapper a San Andres Mexican wrapper is using – a staple of Casa Fernandez maduros.
With about nine months of age on this cigar in this size, it really has come into its own. There is a combination of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and earth present throughout the smoking experience. I would say the sweet chocolate notes are more prominent in the first half, and the second half see the coffee and earth notes become more prominent. There is pepper also present throughout the smoking experience and it does ramp up in the second half.
I found the Delire to pack the most punch of any of the fours sizes in the Aganorsa Leaf Maduro line. Both the strength and body started out medium to full, but by the second half they progressed to full. What I liked is that you get the power of this cigar, without it assaulting the palate.
The construction was excellent – delivering an excellent burn and draw.
Overall the Delire has been my favorite addition to the Casa Fernandez Aganorsa line. It’s a maduro that’s flavorful and packs a bit of a punch. I’d probably steer it toward a more experienced cigar enthusiast. It’s definitely one worthy of a box split.
Strength: Medium to Full (1st Half), Full (2nd Half)
Body: Medium to Full (1st Half), Full (2nd Half)
Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split
Original Assessment: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Illustre
News: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Delire (Toro) Coming (Cigar Preview)
Source: Cigars Provided by Manufacturer
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