Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

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Cigar Details: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Agricola Ganadera Norteña
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $12.50
  • Release Date: February 2024
  • Source: Wooden Indian Tobacco

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the box pressed Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto is medium brown and has some lightly raised veins. The foot is covered with excess wrapper that is folded over, the seams are smooth and the caps are very well applied. There are two bands, with the primary being the traditional design for the line and the secondary being white, gold and brown and denoting the anniversary being celebrated for this store exclusive. The aroma from the wrapper and covered foot is a mix of cedar and earth. The pre-light draw brings cedar and a light floral note.
Seth: This Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto is the best Supreme Leaf I have come across. Best AGANORSA release in a while as well for appearance. Lovely Colorado wrapper with small to medium sized veins throughout. Nice closed foot, and firmness with the cigar. Beautiful cap applied. Aromas of rich earth, warm spices, leather, tobacco and damp wood. Great press to the cigar.
John: The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with the cigar details and an integrated tear space to remain intact when opened. For artisanal complications, the cigar is box pressed and has a closed foot. There is a primary Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf band, along with a secondary band split into two sections. The top section indicates 1964 – 2024 and the bottom section in black on gold indicates 60th Anniversary. I weighed the cigar at 16.8 grams and measured the humidity with the HumidiMeter Pro at 61.5%. Nosing the cigar, I was able to pick up sweet fermented tobacco, raisin and mild earth from the wrapper. As the foot was closed, I was not able to pick up on any distinct aromas.
Jiunn: The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto has a Colorado wrapper shade showing nice even oiliness. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the head is well wrapped and capped. Pre-light aromas provide cedar, floral perfume and hay.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with lightly toasted cedar, earth and some bold black pepper. At a half inch in, there a faint chocolate note on random draws. The retrohale is toasted cedar and earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the black pepper comes on late in the draw and has a long finish. As the third comes to a close, the toasted cedar is just ahead of the earth, with black pepper a bit further behind, and still some light moments of chocolate. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with a nice earthy and wood profile. Bits of tobacco, leather and warm spices as well. Cocoa and coffee beans also. Medium to medium-full in strength and body.
John: My review started with tobacco sweetness, chocolate, baking spices and a combination of earth and espresso through the finish. There is a delayed, sharp minerality on the post draw. As the first third continues, a full blast of pepper is present on the retrohale and it pushes into the post draw almost completely overwhelming the profile. As the pepper recedes to medium minus some creaminess establishes on the retrohale. Hay and wood come into the mid profile some time later. Chocolate is driving the center of the profile and carrying into the finish with some pepper accents for the remainder of the first third.
Jiunn: The first third is surprising. Why? Because Aganorsa Corojo hasn’t tasted like this in years. It’s almost too good to be true. Am I tasting biscuits, graham crackers, ginger snap cookies, cedar, accented black pepper spice and toasted nuts? Yes I am! Medium plus strength and medium body to solidify the good flavors.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth becomes even with the toasted cedar up front. The retrohale is now toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the earth now has a slight lead in the profile and the faint chocolate note has gone away. At an inch and a quarter, the toast level increases a bit. As the third comes to a close, the earth is slightly ahead of the toasted cedar, with black pepper now a fair bit behind. The strength remains at medium.
Seth: The second third is right in line with the first. Bits of cocoa, coffee beans, leather and tobacco. Wood and rich earth present as well. Medium to medium-full in strength and body, the cigar has a nice consistency from the first third.
John: The second third gets going with sweet tobacco and a wood that extends into the finish, bringing some minor tannic accents. Chocolate at light strength returns to the center of the retrohale and has a light pepper finish. Medium strength earth joins the post draw by the bottom half of the third, lingering heavily on my palate.
Jiunn: What happened here? Feels like a bait and switch. The profile is now all about medium-full strength with mineral tannins and raw cedar. A major part of the soft notes are entirely gone. Wow, robbing me.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper picks up a bit. The retrohale remains toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is earth just ahead of the toasted cedar, with black pepper just a bit behind that. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third smokes as well as the second, and that has not been the case recently for AGANORSA releases. This cigar really keeps that flavor profile. Bits of minerals popping up towards the end, but still between medium and medium-full in strength and body.
John: Sweet tobacco again leads off in the last third, with the medium strength earth still lingering on the finish. An acrid component joins the post draw by the mid point of the final third.
Jiunn: Yea, it definitely was a bait and switch. The profile continues to be medium-full strength, medium body, with mineral tannins and raw cedar. I need to sign up for Better Help now.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn line was a bit wavy at times, and the cigar went out once at the midway point, requiring a re-light. The ash held on in about inch and a half increments.
Seth: Very good burn from start to finish.
John: I found the burn almost uniformly straight through the entire review.
Jiunn: Burn performance was perfect. Even burn, ample smoke production, tight ashes and cool burning temperature.

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Very nice draw.
John: The draw had some resistance to it, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Draw performance was on point, providing the ideal balance between air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with lightly toasted cedar, earth and some bold black pepper. A faint chocolate note showed up on random draws. The second third saw the chocolate note depart, and other than that, just some slight transitions in flavor fullness the rest of the way. The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto started well, with the faint chocolate note providing a nice nuance, but from the second third on, the profile was fairly average once the earth took the lead in the profile. I didn’t find this vitola all that different than any of the others, so not sure it would make sense to chase after this more limited version and would just try any of the other sizes if I wanted to come back to the blend.
Seth: The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto was a good cigar, and a consistent one as well. All samples produced the same smoking experience which was to my liking. It has been a while since an AGANORSA smoked at this level, and this reminded me of some early AGANORSA/Casa Fernandez releases. It’s not as refined as their offerings during that golden era, but a really good blend. A really good Nicaraguan puro.
John: After reviewing the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto, my overall experience saw a promising first third after the intense pepper dissipated, with the complexity of the profile falling off in the second third. The last third was flat compared to the remainder of the cigar. The burn was perfect while the draw had some resistance to it. I find the price point on the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto to be attractive, but I don’t believe the profile is engaging enough for me to want to revisit it. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 51 minutes.
Jiunn: This Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Gran Robusto was an emotional roller coaster. I went from !!! to ??? to 🙁 all within about 1.5 hours. The first third was tremendous, truly reminding me of the good days of Aganorsa Corojo. But unfortunately, it was too short lived, as the remaining two thirds reverted back to the current trend of Aganorsa mediocrity. I still stand behind #MAGA

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.90

Cost/Point

$2.12

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Seth Geise

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$1.81

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.80

Cost/Point

$2.16

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.45

Cost/Point

$1.94

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