Team Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto

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Cigar Details: Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: TABSA
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $9.95
  • Release Date: March 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The medium brown wrapper covers the oval pressed Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto and also folds over to cover the foot. There are some slightly raised veins present and the seams are smooth but fairly easily visible. The head is finished off with three very well applied caps. The band is pale yellow, orange and blue and has the company logo and name up top and the line name in script below. The aroma from the wrapper and covered foot is sweet cedar and light baking spice. The pre-light draw brings wood and a light sweetness. There is also a mild spiciness present on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto comes with a marbled Colorado wrapper that is oily and leathery in texture. It has noticeable veins present throughout and has a closed foot. It is giving off an aroma of sweet earth, rich tobacco, leather and spices, and that is on the foot and wrapper. It is firm throughout and well-constructed. On the sample I smoked with photos, there is a minor imperfection in the wrapper. It happens.

Pre-light Experience

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto has a chocolate brown wrapper with varying levels of dark color throughout. The cigar also has a closed foot and seems to have a slight box press. Aromas from the cigar included bread and bright baking spices. From the closed foot, I was still able to detect sweet raisin and molasses.

Pre-light Experience

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto has an attractive light roast coffee brown to the wrapper. The soft pressed cigar has an even bunch and roll, tight seams, well pressed veins and a multi-layered head. Aromas from the wrapper give heavy barnyard and cedar. Aromas from the foot give aggressive white pepper and cedar. Cold draw reveals white pepper, roasted nuts and leather.

First Third

The cigar begins with musty wood and baking spice. At a half inch in, the mustiness transitions to more of a smokiness. The retrohale is musty wood and light baking spice. At an inch in, the wood is more defined as oak and gains a light toasted note. The third wraps up with the smoky and toasted oak along with baking spice. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens with a nice subtle almond sweetness. I am picking up some dry walnut notes and it has some peppery spices present as well. Red and white pepper. There are touches of anise and cinnamon as well, and it has a finish that is delivering espresso, leather, oak and earthy notes. I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in strength, and the body and flavors are right there as well.

First Third

Baking spices and bread open the first third, with a clean finish into the post draw. The baking spices are intensified on the retrohale, and medium to medium-full into the post draw. A lingering red pepper flake and sweetness join the post draw not long after. I noticed a significant amount of smoke production. As the first third progresses, a nice mid profile sweetness joins in. Bread on the retrohale intensifies to medium, just under medium-full. A lighter cedar is anchoring all the flavors together, just underneath. By the 15 minute mark, a creaminess joins the retrohale. At the halfway point, mild earth joins the center of the profile, and lingers between draws.

First Third

The initial half inch shows a plethora of creamy bread and subtle barnyard funk. Past that point, a bouquet of spices join in (baking spices, cinnamon, white pepper) as well as cedar. There’s also some thin tannins on the rear palate. Strength is moving towards a medium-full while the body is a solid medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, it continues with the smoky and light toasted oak along with the baking spice. The retrohale is now just musty oak. At three quarters of an inch in, the toasted note leaves the oak and the baking spice disappears. The third wraps up with just smoky oak. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows a lot of the same traits that were present in the first third. I am picking up those dry nutty qualities and it is paired with some red pepper, anise and cinnamon. With that are the espresso, leather, oak and earth notes from before. I have found that the strength has come down to a medium level, but the body and flavors are right between medium and medium-full.

Second Third

Bread and cedar lead into the second third at light plus. Earth returns settling in at medium strength. The bread harmonizes with the earth as the second third progresses. Mild citrus joins the retrohale. By just over the 1 hour mark, earth falls to light plus. At the halfway point, creaminess settles into the profile. Some minerality joins in shortly after.

Second Third

The second third shifts to a profile highlighting the spice notes (baking spices, cinnamon, white pepper) more so than the softer creamy bread and nuttiness. This is especially noticed on the retrohale. Strength is now a steady medium-full while the body is still medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the smokiness transitions back to mustiness. At a quarter inch in, the oak gains some char. At three quarters of an inch in, the char increases a bit. The retrohale is musty and slightly charred oak. The cigar wraps up with the charred and musty oak. The strength in this third remained at medium.

Final Third

The final third to Supreme Leaf shows a return of the flavor profile that was present in the first. I am seeing a rise in the peppery spice notes, red and white pepper and it is pairing with the walnut, earth and sweet almond notes. The finish delivers those espresso, leather and oak notes, and it is a long finish. Like the first third, I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in body, strength and flavors.

Final Third

Creamy cedar with an earth chaser as the cigar moves into the last third. Cedar settles into the center of the profile, and lingers on the post draw between each puff.

Final Third

The final third’s flavor profile becomes dull. The lighter and softer notes of creamy bread and dried nuts are gone, making the profile centered around the cedar and spice bouquet. Strength and body finishes medium plus and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout. The cigar went out near the end of the first third and required a re-light. In the second third, I needed to do a touch-up to keep everything burning in unison. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was not so great from start to finish. While it was easily corrected, the cigar itself required some touch-ups.

Burn

The ash had some flakiness through the smoking experience with a consistent one inch ash. The cigar goes out halfway into the first, requiring a re-light. It goes out again in the second third requiring another re-light. A minor tunnel develops in the last third requiring a touch-up.

Burn

Quite a bit of burn issues. The cigar showed some slight tunneling and uneven burn that resulted in two re-lights and multiple touch-ups.

Draw

The draw was pretty snug but didn’t seem to cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with musty wood and baking spice. Fairly quickly the mustiness transitioned to a smokiness. Later, the wood became more defined as oak and gained a toasted note. The second third saw the toasted note and baking spice depart. The final third saw the smokiness transition back to mustiness and some char joined the oak. The construction was OK as there was a re-light and touch-up required and the draw was a bit snug. Strength was medium the whole way. The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto started out with a good flavor profile, but as some components began dropping out, it became average the rest of the way. I was hoping that the combination of flavors from the first third would continue on the rest of the way, but that wasn’t the case. With the announcement of a Toro vitola coming, I’ll be interested in giving that a try, but I’m not sure I’d really return to this one.

Draw

The draw throughout was solid. It had a nice level of resistance which led to a slower smoking experience.

Overall

Overall, I was pleased with Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto. I thought it delivered a solid flavor profile that while consistent from start to finish, was enjoyable. It had a nice balance between strength, body and flavors, and that makes it a cigar that would be approachable by many smokers. I enjoyed the nutty, spice and espresso notes that the cigar delivered. The price is great as well, so a box purchase is not out of the question. I would not consider this a game changing cigar for the company, but a positive addition to the portfolio. If you are a fan of AGANORSA tobacco, I believe this will be one you will want to smoke and one that you will buy multiple times when available. I say available because almost every retailer who purchased these early on are sold out.

Draw

The draw had roughly 1/2 to 1 notch of resistance, but still in the ideal zone.

Overall

The Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto had a really good first third, a good second third and a fairly average last third. Flavors included baking spices, bread, red pepper flake, sweetness, cedar, creaminess and earth. I have to assume the significant burn issues had a negative impact on the flavor profile. I’ll be smoking additional Supreme Leaf cigars because the overall experience was good and the first third was rich and complex. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug but overall a non-issue.

Overall

As with practically anything that comes out of Aganorsa Leaf, it is either good or great. For me, the Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Robusto was a good cigar highlighting a good mix of soft/white notes, earth and spice. The final third lost that balance, shifting to earth and spice, but it was a good first couple thirds. I’m looking forward to seeing how this cigar does with another 6 months of rest. But as is, I still think it’s worth it.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.81

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.70

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.77

Cost/Point

$1.47

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$1.56

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