Agile Cigar Reviews are cigar assessments where we 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 giving a score for the first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Corona Gorda. This is a cigar previously assessed in the core line back in December 2020 in the Robusto size and more recently on The Smoking Syndicate in the Torpedo size.
Wrapper: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Binder: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Corona Gorda: 6 x 46
Earlier in 2021, Aganorsa Leaf released the third size of its small batch Supreme Leaf line in the form of a Corona Gorda. Over the years Aganorsa Leaf (previously known as Casa Fernandez Cigars) has garnered a reputation for the ”leaf” (a.k.a. tobacco) it grows to be some of the best produced in the world. The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf pays homage to that as it is comprised of 100% of tobaccos grown from the Aganorsa farms in Nicaragua. Packaging-wise, the Supreme Leaf stands out because of its bold and vibrant color scheme on both its band and box. The Supreme Leaf series has proven to be one of Aganorsa Leaf’s most sought-after cigars. Not only does the allocation sell out fast to retailers, but the retailers sell their inventory of Supreme Leaf quickly. Today we take a closer look at the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf in the Corona Gorda size.
The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf consists of 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos from the Aganorsa farms. The blend is described as Corojo ’99 dominant. Production is handled at the company’s TABSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Corona Gorda size measures 6 x 46. An allocation of 2,000 ten-count boxes was produced of The Corona Gorda. Each release of the Supreme Leaf has focused on a particular size. Prior releases of the Supreme Leaf were Robusto and Toro offerings and, more recently, a Torpedo offering.
The Supreme Leaf Corona Gorda started out with notes of natural tobacco, earth, orange rind, baker’s spice, cedar, and a mix of black and white pepper. Early on the natural tobacco notes emerged as the primary note. The earth, baker’s spice, cedar, and pepper settled in the background. The orange rind notes increased in intensity and by the time the cigar was in the second third, these notes joined the natural tobacco in the forefront. Toward the end of the second third, the cedar and pepper notes increased in intensity, but didn’t quite make it to becoming primary flavors.
The flavors delivered by the Supreme Leaf Corona Gorda started as medium-bodied and just before the final third, they progressed into medium to full territory. These flavors were countered by medium strength. The burn required minimal touch-ups to maintain a straight burn path and straight burn line. As for the draw, it was on the tighter side. While normally I prefer some resistance, this was tighter than I prefer.
To sum things up, the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Corona Gorda simply did not live up to the excellent experience that I got with the Robusto size. The flavors delivered were in a similar wheelhouse of the Robusto, but they didn’t perform as well. One note I made with the Robusto is that the cigar performed well over a 9 month period. I smoked The Corona Gorda over a 7 month period, and I didn’t see the same level of improvement. Size matters, and with this blend while the Robusto performed spectacularly, the Corona Gorda was several notches below. In this case, I’d recommend trying a sample and seeing if this is the cigar for you.
Key Flavors: Natural Tobacco, Earth, Orange Rind, Baker’s Spice, Cedar, Pepper
Burn: Very Good
Complexity: Medium Plus
Body: Medium (1st 2/3), Medium to Full (Last Third)
The Smoking Syndicate Review
Ben Lee of The Smoking Syndicate and Cigar Coop recently assessed the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Torpedo and gave it a 91. Note this is a different size and is included for reference purposes.
Value: Try a Sample
Previous Assessment: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto
News: Aganorsa Leaf to Release Supreme Leaf Corona Gorda
Brand Reference: Aganorsa Leaf
Photo/Video Credits: Cigar Coop/The Smoking Syndicate