” As for myself, this is definitely a cigar I would smoke again…. If you do find them and a box purchase is possible – do it.”
Wrapper: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Binder: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Filler: Aganorsa (Nicaragua)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)
Robusto: 5 x 52
Samples Provided for Initial Review: No
Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto (12/23/20)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 8 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
Coming in at #21 is the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto. This is an excellent cigar but lands on our list because of some of the peculiarities of the way we do our list. The Robusto was a one-time release in early 2020 that sold out rather quickly. While other sizes were re-released, the Robusto was not. We managed to review it late in 2020 – which qualifies it for the 2021 list.
Over the years Aganorsa Leaf has garnered a reputation for the ”leaf” (a.k.a. tobacco) it grows being some of the best produced in the world. The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf pays homage to that as it is 100% comprised of tobaccos grown on the Aganorsa farms in Nicaragua. The blend is described as Corojo ’99 dominant. The Robusto size is a box-pressed that measures 5 x 52.
The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto offers quite a lot in the way of complexity. This cigar produced notes of natural tobacco, earth, dried fruit, baker’s spice, cedar, and wood, as well as black and white pepper. One thing that was very clear during the evaluation process is that this is a blend/size combination that responded very well to aging.
This is the eighth year Aganorsa Leaf has landed on the Countdown. This included seven consecutive years from 2013 to 2019. Nicaragua is emerging as a dominant country on the list. Of the ten cigars we have unveiled moving up the Countdown, this is the sixth one from Nicaragua in 2021.
For details of the 2021 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2021 criteria.
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