Last week, we discussed what we felt was the most significant, but least talked about story at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show – namely the Connecticut Shade releases coming from Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA). This is significant because this is a factory not known to work with a lot of Connecticut Shade. TABSA is the factory owned by Casa Fernandez. As a part of its own cigars that it markets, Casa Fernandez has also added a Connecticut Shade offering to its portfolio. At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, the company unveiled its Aganorsa Leaf  TABSA Connecticut line.

Aganorsa refers to the tobacco grown on the Casa Fernandez farms. This tobacco has become world-renowned and is the signature tobacco used on Casa Fernandez brands and the products coming out of both TABSA and its Casa Fernandez Miami factory. In 2016, the company has opted to use this as a brand name on its Connecticut Shade offering as well as a Corojo and Maduro offering.

The Aganorsa-grown tobacco is used in the binder and filler for the Aganorsa Leaf  TABSA Connecticut, but the cigar itself is wrapped in a Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade cigar. There will be three sizes of the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut – each will be box-pressed and offered in 20 count boxes.


At a glance, here is a look at the Aganorsa Leaf  TABSA Connecticut by Casa Fernandez:

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (TABSA)

Vitolas Available

Robusto: 5 1/2 x 50
Churchill: 7 x 48
Toro: 6 x 52