Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries

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Cigar Details: Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Esteli and Jalapa
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli and Jalapa
  • Factory: TABSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: April 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries is a marbled medium brown with very well pressed veins. The seams are easily visible as they are slightly raised while the head is finished off with a very well applied triple cap. The foot has a half inch of exposed binder and filler that is roughly cut to give that shaggy foot notation. There are two bands, both carrying a dark blue and gold color combination. The primary denotes the line name while the secondary denotes the sub line and company name. The aromas from the cigar are pretty light with the wrapper giving tobacco sweetness and the foot providing wood, stone fruit sweetness and pepper. The pre-light draw is cedar with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

With a rustic Colorado wrapper, the Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries sports a marbled brown wrapper with some reddish brown coloring throughout. There are small to medium sized veins present and there is a nice shaggy foot on the finish. The cigar is firm and leathery in texture, and I am getting aromas of minerals, strong spices, earth and barnyard.

Pre-light Experience

The Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries has a UPC with a tear tab that keeps the UPC sticker intact when the cellophane is opened. The cigar is double banded with a Lunatic primary band, and a Torch AGANORSA Leaf secondary band. The foot is unfinished, with a roughly quarter inch gap of wrapper missing. Nosing the wrapper, I picked out sweet bread, tobacco and wood. From the foot, there was raisin and tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries has a blotchy, not uniform, near Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head wrapped well. Aromas from the wrapper tell a strong wet barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot gives spicy red pepper and cedar. Cold draw gives shortbread cookies and red pepper spice.

First Third

The cigar begins with cedar and mild baking spice. As the burn reaches the wrapper, the baking spice picks up and some creaminess joins the profile. At an inch in, the baking spice is fairly intense while the cedar and creaminess are in the background. The retrohale is musty wood and baking spice. At an inch and a half, the baking spice has mellowed and is even with the cedar and cream. As the third comes to a close, the creaminess has transitioned to mustiness and remains even with the cedar and baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering some damp barnyard qualities with red and black pepper on top of that. There are some faint Asian spice qualities present and the finish is of earth and minerals. It has a slight sharpness to it and I would classify the cigar as being medium to medium-full in strength and body.

First Third

The first third begins with cocoa, baking spices and a spicy cedar to finish each puff. Bread and cedar comes into the middle of the retrohale, just passing the 5 minute mark. By the 15 minute mark, graham cracker adds to the retrohale. Tannic cedar joins the retrohale in the bottom of the first third.

First Third

The first third’s profile focuses on minerals and spices. Distinct baking spices, earthy minerality and red pepper spice. These notes are long and lingering especially on the finish, where it never dissipates until the next draw. Full retrohales are tough as the red pepper spice is too full and scorching on the nostrils. Strength is medium plus, body medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, some earth joins the profile. At a half inch in, the baking spice has departed. The retrohale is now musty earth. At an inch and a quarter, the cedar is very faint with the earth and mustiness even up front. The strength in this third remained at slightly above medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the same qualities from the first third, delivering mineral spice qualities, black and red pepper, and barnyard. Like before, medium to medium-full in strength and body with a slight bit of sharpness present on the end.

Second Third

Toasted earth and cedar, with ground coffee accents define the beginning of the second third. Dark earth sits on my palate through the post draw after each puff. As the second third settles in, that dark earth falls off the profile.

Second Third

The second third continues the trend of baking spices, minerals and red pepper spice. There’s also an added layer of built up char, deteriorating the profile a bit. The char build up also lengthens the finish, but not in a good way. Retrohaling continues to be heavy with spice, but I also get some tart cherries. Strength is starting to ramp to full, while the body maintains medium.

Final Third

The final third continues on with the musty earth and faint cedar. At a half inch in, some char and bitterness join the profile. The retrohale remains musty earth. The cigar wraps up with the musty and charred earth with bitterness right behind and faint cedar in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Final Third

The final third is right in line with the second third and I am getting some mineral qualities, barnyard, damp earth, black and red pepper. It has a sharpness present that is unpleasant as well. Like before, it smokes between a medium and medium-full level.

Final Third

There is graham cracker and toasted earth on the initial draw, with cedar and heavy earth on the post draw. As the last third settles in, the profile becomes harsh and bitter earth.

Final Third

The final third’s flavor profile has the char note seep in a bit too much. It’s heavier on my palate. And with the fullness in strength, this combination is off-putting. Body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy but always self-corrected. The ash held on in two inch increments.

Burn

Burn was awful. Cigar constantly was going out, needing to be touched-up, etc.

Burn

The burn started out fairly straight but then started to have issues remaining lit. The cigar went out in the bottom of the first third, requiring a re-light. It went out again at the halfway point, requiring a re-light. It went out a third time in the last third, requiring a re-light.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. Only negatives resulted from a couple fairly decent touch-ups.

Draw

The draw started a bit snug, but as the cigar went on, it continued to tighten up and a draw tool provided no relief.

Overall

The Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries started well with a nice combination of flavors, but dropped down in the second third as some components dropped out and then dropped some more in the final third as the char and bitterness joined in. The draw just kept tightening up as the cigar progressed and may have led to the strength increase. I was enjoying how the cigar started and it was unfortunate that it degraded as it progressed. I’m slightly intrigued to return to this to see if a better draw would allow the profile to shine a bit more. I’d recommend trying one to see what you think of the experience.

Draw

Draw was inconsistent throughout all samples. Sometimes it was too tight and sometimes too loose. Terrible.

Overall

This was just a poor cigar and a terrible release for AGANORSA. The flavors were lacking and unpleasant, the construction was awful and the draw was terrible. I am going to pretend I did not smoke the Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries and that it does not exist. Why AGANORSA would release a cigar of this degree is beyond me. The highlight of this entire cigar were the two cigar bands and the shaggy foot.

Draw

The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries was a disappointing experience. As the burn struggled, so did the flavor profile, starting out promising in the first third but ultimately becoming harsh and bitter by the last third. I would not likely smoke another Lunatic Torch in the Visionaries format. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Draw

The draw on the other hand was perfect, striking the ideal resistance and air flow.

Overall

This isn’t what I was expecting out of Aganorsa Corojo ’99. Being heavily spice and mineral driven, I got little or no soft notes of bread, nuts and even citrus, which is what I tend to expect. The profile was leaning too much into being sharp and charred, which ultimately made the Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries an overall average experience.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$1.92

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

3.12

Cost/Point

$3.21

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John McTavish

SCORE

4.95

Cost/Point

$2.02

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.20

Cost/Point

$1.92

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Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Lunatic Torch Visionaries
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