Cigar Ratings & Reviews

Cigar Advisor Panel: Aganorsa Leaf / Casa Fernandez Reserva Miami Maduro Cigar Review – Video

CA Review Panel: Aganorsa Leaf/Casa Fernandez Reserva Miami Maduro Cigar Review (Video)

By the Cigar Advisor Editors

Aganorsa-Casa Fernandez Reserva Maduro Miami Toro
Country of Manufacture: Miami, Florida, USA
Size: 6″ x 54
Strength: Medium-full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morron
Filler& Binder: Nicaraguan Aganorsa Leaf

The Aganorsa-Casa Fernandez Reserva Maduro Miami Back Story
It all starts with the authentic Cuban seeds planted by Cuban farmers in the rich soil of Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley. As they grow, the plants are carefully nurtured to fruition, then cured and aged in the “old school” Cuban tradition. Only one more important ingredient is added – “time”. The result is the exquisite and unprecedented Aganorsa Leaf. These are the flavorful, aromatic leaves that lie beneath the dark Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper used for the Casa Fernandez Reserva Maduro Miami cigar. Made in Aganorsa’s boutique factory in Miami, Florida, the Reserva Maduro is said to have a bold heart while retaining great complexity and balance. It is best enjoyed after a hearty meal with a rye whiskey as a pairing.

Aganorsa Cigar Review

Gary’s Review
Construction and Overall Appearance: Stunning. The deep, dark chocolate color wrapper is entirely even with a polished, leathery-reddish patina; seamless rolling; perfectly applied triple cap.
Draw: Very good.
Pre-light flavor (cold draw): Mostly leathery with a hint of spice.
First few puffs: Sharp notes of black pepper followed by a tart citrusy note.
Retrohale: Smooth and woody with a trace of peppery spice.
Base flavors: Sweet spice, cedar, tart fruit, black coffee, cocoa.
Aroma: Excellent, with a sweet, leathery redolence.
Burn / Ash Quality: Even burn throughout with a firm grey ash.
Balance of flavors: Excellent.
Summary: I’ve admired a few cigars for their appearance over the years, but this Miami Reserva Maduro was really worth taking the time to inspect. Both samples, the baseline cigar and the cigar I smoked on the video, were flawless in every respect.
The foot took quickly to flame for a perfect light. The first few puffs were a peppery wakeup call followed by notes of tart fruit; then the sweet tobacco notes rolled in. The smoke was dense and aromatic with a velvety texture throughout. Also impressive was, even in the very early stages of this cigar I tasted notes of sweet spice, leather, black coffee, and cocoa with black coffee being the most dominant.
As the Toro pressed on toward its midsection, the cocoa notes became more prevalent. I felt like I was smoking a mocha-chocolate candy bar. The cigar eventually locks into a well-balanced, medium-bodied banquet of chocolaty goodness; a layer of black coffee lies just below that with accents of sweet spice.
Overall, a consistent, complex smoke with no bitterness, even in the final inches. Very impressive on every count; what I would classify as “a perfect cigar.”

Tommy Zman’s Review
Construction: Flawless
Draw: Solid
Pre-light flavor: Earthy
Toasting & Light: Fairly easy. No issues.
First Few Puffs: Spicy.
Base flavors: Coffee bean, citrus, dark chocolate, spice, black pepper.
Aroma: Woody.
Burn & Ash Quality: Very solid.
Balance of flavors: Well-balanced and extremely complex.
Summary: This company has been making quality cigars for some time, and now the Reserva Miami pushes their excellence over the top.
The very first thing you’ll notice about this cigar is the smooth and silky sheen of the Mexican San Andres wrapper, as well as how solidly made it is. It’s packed dense with tobacco and feels like it weighs almost twice as much as a regular toro sized cigar. And as packed with tobacco as it is, the draw is easy, as smoke just billows out from that solid white ash.
As far as body goes, it is very full-flavored – not strong, mind you, but loaded with complexity. Right off the bat it’s peppery on the palate, so you know it’s front-loaded with spicy ligero, but that gives way pretty quickly as things smooth out, while deep, rich flavors of coffee bean and dark chocolate enter on in. You’ll also get hit with an undeniable sweet component, a taste of citrus that no doubt comes from its shimmering Mexican outer leaf.
My first Reserva Miami was paired with an Elijah Craig bourbon, and my second one was paired up with Balvenie Doublewood Scotch. Both of those whiskies have a nice sweetness to them and were wonderful companions to the cigar, which, by the way is made right here in the United States (in Miami, hence the name).
If you like full flavor and complexity and don’t mind paying a little bit more for a true luxury stick, the Casa Fernandez Reserva Miami Maduro is something you’ll really want to experience.

Fred’s Review
Construction: Perfectly built, not over-packed. The San Andrés wrapper has a rich, brown coffee color with thin, black veins etching their way.
Draw: Excellent.
Pre-light flavor: Foot: Earth, minerals, basement must, salt, and so peppery it made me sneeze. Cold draw: Apple sweetness, heavy cream, cedar wood, and leather.
Toasting & Light: Fairly easy for all the ligero in it.
Initial notes: Warm toast, leather, earth, with a salted cracker flavor. After a few puffs a light peppery spice forms while the main notes are creamy, salty and bread-like with accents of cedar.
Base flavors: Coffee, brown sugar, cream, bread, leather, and pepper.
Retrohale: Bourbon-like sweetness with cedar and black peppercorns.
Aroma: Toast and citrus.
Burn / Ash Quality: The burn line is thin but slightly wavy. The ash is a bright white and slightly flakey.
Balance of flavors: While full-bodied this cigar took on a deeply complex profile that favored its rich, warm flavors
Summary: After the initial puffs- a plethora of leathery, woody, and lightly sweet brown sugar notes are revealed. Gradually cedar, leather, earth and pepper make their way back into the picture.
The Medio Tiempo leaves make a full presence mid-way through giving me a full-belly feel in the gut with a velvety caramel coffee note, heavy cream, and cedar. The sweet and bready flavors mesh into what I can only call sugar cookie flavor with a rich cedar and cream on the backend of a peppery finish. After the retrohale a pleasant nuttiness emerges from this increasingly complex smoke and by the last third I start to really feel the body on this guy.
Final Thoughts: Perfect to pair with a sweet bourbon or a malty Belgian style beer.
The finish is creamy and sweet yet beefy at the same time.

 

newest oldest most voted
Turo Saldana
Guest
Turo Saldana

I bought a 5 pack as soon as I saw the video. Can’t wait to try them.

Cigar Advisor Staff

Cigar Advisor Staff

The Cigar Advisor Staff is comprised of three good-humored, yet dangerously unpredictable writers who share over 75 years of premium cigar smoking experience. Traversing the tobacco landscape like smoke-shrouded Avengers, they wander (mostly because the fat one ate the map) in search of new leaf adventures armed with nothing but torch lighters and runcible spoons as their weapons. Each is equally knowledgeable on the matters and pursuits of the cigar lifestyle, with his own unique and capricious insights on various luxury, sports, automobiles and entertainment affairs - all served with good counsel for your reading pleasure.

Show all Cigar Advisor Staff's Articles
Aganorsa Leaf Famous 80th Anniversary Cigar Review Video Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Review Panel: Aganorsa Leaf Famous 80th Anniversary Cigar Review (Video)

The second of Famous Smoke Shop’s 80th Anniversary cigars comes from one of today’s hottest boutiques – and we’ve really been looking forward to getting it between our fingers. Did it make the grade? To see our review, click now…

Read More
now smoking Sept 17 2018

#Nowsmoking: Indomina By AJ Fernandez Robusto

Superb craftsmanship. Good smoke volume and excellent burn. A super-snappy treat for spice hounds…read more now!

Read More
cacover cbguitar shanespeal

Building A Cigar Box Guitar With Shane Speal

They call him “the king of the cigar box guitar.” Shane Speal, an avid cigar smoker, guitar player, woodworker, and author, is not only building some of the best cigar box guitars, he’s also serving-up a lesson in American history. Working out of his modest backyard shed in York, PA Shane takes pride in recreating the “poor man’s guitar,” which dates back to the turn of the 20th century.

Read More
top new cigars jan 26 2018 CAcover

CA Report: Top New Cigars – Jan. 26 2018

It’s the Super Big Game Day Edition of the Top New Cigars! This time, it's a couple of great victory cigars, along with a few Super Sunday kickoff smokes to get you in the mood for game day. See what's on the list in this latest new smoke report!
Read More