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The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Aganorsa Cigars

Cigar Advisor’s Essential Aganorsa Cigars Tasting & Buying Guide

Updated June 2023

Even if you’ve never bought an Aganorsa Leaf cigar, chances are, you’ve already smoked one. Companies like Warped, HVC, Illusione, and many more have trusted them to provide the highest quality tobaccos since 1998, when Eduardo Fernandez, Aganorsa Leaf’s founder, emigrated to Nicaragua. His goal was to produce the world’s finest tobaccos – tobaccos that would serve as time machines to the rich Cuban flavors that enthusiasts enjoyed before the Revolution. To fulfill his legacy, he visited Cuba and brought back with him some the best in the business, many of whom had worked in the Cuban tobacco industry for more than 50 years. This allowed Eduardo’s crop to recreate the style and aromatic appeal of Cuban tobacco varietals.

In 2002, Eduardo purchased Tabacalera Tropical from Pedro Martin, and it was rebranded into Casa Fernandez. After a decade of cultivating tobacco for other manufacturers, the first Casa Fernandez Cigars arrived at retail in 2008 – and Fernandez finally had blends to call his own.

Working with industry legends like the late Arsenio Ramos, former head of Cubatabaco in Pinar del Rio, Aganorsa Leaf carved out a legacy of success in an industry that is notorious for its difficulty breaking into.

One of the secrets to this success is vertical integration. Unlike many other manufacturers who blend with sourced tobaccos grown by outside farmers, Aganorsa Leaf is solely responsible for each of their blends from seed to store with very few exceptions, and that allows them to have much more control over their creations.

“You have to control your destiny. You have to grow your own tobacco,” says Eduardo.

Today, the company is moving to rebrand under the name Aganorsa Leaf, so that the leaves for which they are so famed will be synonymous with the brand.

“Aganorsa tobacco is our strength,” said Terence Reilly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the company’s press release regarding the rebranding. “It’s essential cigar aficionados associate our cigars with the incredible leaf we grow. Changing our name to Aganorsa Leaf is a crucial step toward that goal.”

The quality of Aganorsa’s tobaccos is legendary and it’s been said smoking their cigars is a validation of everything that’s good and right in the world. So, when looking for a new name that marries Aganorsa Leaf’s core cigar lineup to their sublime tobaccos—La Validacion was the perfect choice. Only the names have changed, however, as each La Validacion blend contains the same recipe of first-class Aganorsa tobaccos and delivers the same richness and depth that further validates their quality.

Aganorsa Leaf handles operations out of two primary factories; Tabacos Valle de Jalapa, S.A. (known as TABSA for short) in Esteli, and Tabacalera Tropical in Miami, Florida. The company is also one of the largest producers of tobacco in Central America – and has most recently attained a top ten spot in Cigar Aficionado’s 2018 picks with the JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto, and that’s not including the other three times they’ve made it to the top 25.

In early 2019, Famous Smoke Shop was proud to partner with them on the Aganorsa Leaf Famous 80th Anniversary blend.

For the Advisors’ Guide, we’ve done a quick review of more than 20 Aganorsa and Casa Fernandez cigar lines currently available at Famous Smoke Shop. Those picks are arranged below starting with the Aganorsa selections, followed by the Miami-made picks under Casa Fernandez; then come the JFR and JFR Lunatic cigars, and we close with Aganorsa’s budget New Cuba picks. As we say each time, reviews are subjective and our palates may differ which means we may not hit on the exact same flavors you encounter…but we expect that each of these short reviews will give you the fundamentals about the cigars, how each smokes, and give you the details you need to decide which one is right for you. And be sure to let us know about your Aganorsa experience with a comment below.

Aganorsa Leaf La Valadicion Connecticut Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto (5¼” x 50)
Strength: Medium-plus
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Solidly built with a slightly rounded box-press. Wrapper was even in color, but a little “dirty” in appearance, with a slightly lopsided three-seam cap.
Draw: Very good.
Pre-light flavor: Some saltiness with a hint of raisins.
Toasting & Light: Very easy with a single jet lighter. First impressions are earthy and peppery, with pepper getting up into the olfactory.
Base flavors: Earth, pepper, oak, toasted-nuts, sweet spice.
Retrohale: ZOWIE! A flood of pepper.
Aroma: Sweet.
Burn & Ash Quality: Excellent burn with an eye-liner-thin burn line. The ash was grey marbled and very firm through the first inch, yet ashed easily. No relights or touch-ups required.
Balance of flavors: Excellent.

Summary: A peppery start settled down after the first inch, offering more of an oaky flavor with some sweet spice entering the mix. Shortly after, a toasted-nut flavor and more sweetness float up to the surface. By the midsection the flavors were smooth, well balanced, and put out a good volume of creamy smoke with some peppery spice lingering on the finish. For the last act, the sweetness faded off into the distance, while the oakiness remained; for the most part, the cigar turned more earthy and peppery with just a hair of sweetness in the mix.

Suffice it to say. . . the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto made an enjoyable morning cigar. I would also say that the Connecticut would be the ideal entry cigar for either new cigar smokers or first-time Aganorsa smokers. It’s not necessarily lighter in flavor – quite the contrary – it’s full-flavored and spicy, but the milder wrapper allows more of the core Aganorsa leaf flavors to come through. – Gary

Aganorsa Leaf La Valadicion Habano Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6” x 52)
Strength: Full +
Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano Aganorsa
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Light brown in hue and toothy with a Cuban-style triple cap. Well rolled.
Draw: Adequate.
Pre-light flavor: Sweet and spicy.
Toasting & Light: Buttery and toasty.
Base flavors: Buttered popcorn, black pepper, spices, and toast.
Retrohale: Extra spicy and dried fruit on the finish.
Aroma: Savory.
Burn & Ash Quality: Thin burn line, firm ash, and burns cool.
Balance of flavors: Wow!

Summary: Originally released in 2016 as Aganorsa Leaf TABSA, the Aganorsa Leaf Habano has undergone the same rebranding that you may have seen from many of their lines, but the only thing that’s been affected is the packaging itself, not the blend or flavor.

There’s such a fantastic balance to be enjoyed, and it’s out front immediately. I get a strong note of buttered popcorn with an underlying accent of black pepper, spices, and toast. As the cigar progresses, that buttery nuance comes and goes, and when absent, it reveals a dry nuttiness that straddles the line with earthy flavors. It’s clear that Aganorsa Leaf Habano offers rapid-fire complexity, so if you’re the type who appreciates changes, you’re going to be in for an interesting ride.

Let’s talk about strength for a second. The blend here is quite potent, especially up front, and by no means is this cigar for anyone who’s recently gotten into the game. If you retrohale in the first third, be prepared for a near eye-watering ordeal, but also, be prepared for a current of deliciousness. Your reward for braving the fire is a lush mixture of spice and dried fruit, so along with your eyes, your mouth will be watering, too.

I smoked this cigar some months ago, and don’t remember it being this good. Don’t get me wrong, it was good then, but this sample was incredible, and that proves a notion we often discuss, that different times of day, and even cigars you smoked previously within that day, all impact your experience.

As I made my way toward the second half, Aganorsa Leaf Habano backed off in its punchiness, but the flavor never subsided, even throughout the finale.

Some cigars kick your ass for the sake of kicking your ass, but this one makes it worth it. – Jared Gulick

Aganorsa Leaf La Validacion Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6 ¼” x 52 Toro Box Press Strength: Full Wrapper: Mexico San Andres Maduro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Smooth, dark, with a nice box press.
Draw: Open.
Pre-light flavor: Dark chocolate, pepper, fruit sweetness.
Toasting & Light: No issues.
Base flavors: Dark Chocolate, black pepper, espresso, earth.
Aroma: Combination of savory and sweet.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even burn, Solid ash.
Balance of flavors: Perfect.

In a haze of smoke, the Aganorsa Leaf La Validacion Maduro reveals its dark and mysterious core. Dark chocolate and pepper lead the way, while a subtle sweetness forms in the background. The medium to full-bodied smoke builds, accompanied by a white ash atop a rigid burn line. A nutty aroma lingers, as earthiness and oak join the profile midway. Pepper evolves into a cinnamon spice, joined by a lingering sweetness. The strength gradually intensifies to a fuller bodied terroir, while the dark chocolate grows even darker with a delightful bitterness. Deep in the second third, espresso notes add depth, and a pleasing caramel aroma emerges. The full-on pleasure-ride persists with added spice and caramel flavors lasting until the final draw. This cigar defies expectations and outperforms its price. The Aganorsa Leaf La Validacion Maduro leaves an indelible mark in the smoky abyss.

Aganorsa Leaf La Valadicion Corojo Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Robusto (5” x 52)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo Aganorsa
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Light walnut brown in hue with impeccable craftsmanship and a slightly tucked foot.
Draw: Smooth and consistent.
Pre-light flavor: Raisins and honey.
Toasting & Light: Toast and grains.
Base flavors: Nuts, coffee, caramel, and butter.
Retrohale: Flowery and strong, but not as strong as most of their lineup.
Aroma: Nutty and buttery.
Burn & Ash Quality: White ash with a few dark spots, even burn, and no touch-ups required.
Balance of flavors: Excellent.

Summary: This is the last of my Aganorsa cigars for this review guide, and it kind of feels like the last day of a vacation. You can’t truly enjoy it because you know it’s about to end. Still, Aganorsa Leaf Corojo is one of my all-time favorite blends, equally within their portfolio, as well as outside of it.

The pre-light is filled with a honey-raisin note that evolves into toast and grains, and eventually, you’ll unveil the meat and potatoes of what the cigar will become: a premium medley of coffee, caramel, nuts, and butter. Seriously, folks…Aganorsa has their butter-note game on point…at least to my palate.

Much like the Aganorsa Leaf Maduro, the Corojo isn’t overly complex, but it’s not quite as static, either. There are subtle changes that occur throughout the burn. A licorice note tends to come and go, but it’s not forward enough to consider it a base flavor, and the retrohale tends to calm down about halfway in. As you make your way to the finish, the cigar seems to be a fair amount tangier, but still just as delicious.

Most of what I love about Aganorsa Leaf Corojo is how accessible it is. Fans of beefy cigars will appreciate its gusto, but even those who gravitate toward more mellow cigars won’t find themselves overwhelmed. Add to that a more-than-fair price point, and you’re left with a recipe for an amazing daily smoker. – Jared

Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6¼” x 52 Toro Strength: Medium-Full Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Shade Grown Maduro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Expertly crafted, velvety smooth, rich dark complexion.
Draw: Flawless.
Pre-light flavor: Leather, pepper, earth.
Toasting & Light: Quick ignition, black pepper, aromatic cedar.
Base flavors: Earthy, black pepper, robust tobacco, cedar.
Aroma: Invigorating.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even burn, firm whitish-grey ash.
Balance of flavors: Satisfying.

Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario arrives with a spicy dollop and a leather whisper, then turns the floor over to earthiness and a smooth cashew beat. Alongside, dance notes of oak, cinnamon, cocoa, and coffee, French Press-style. Near the midpoint and flavor and body are hanging around medium while strength is chilling just below that line.

Earthy notes lurk, backed by charred meat and a sprinkle of pepper. Add cocoa, leather, nuts, oak, and hay, and it’s a full-fledged hoedown. Flavors, body, and strength are all pushing the envelope now, as medium’s looking in the rear-view mirror.

The Aniversario Maduro’s final act echoes the second. Earth and charred meat take center stage, supported by hay, dark chocolate, espresso, leather, oak, and a hint of cinnamon. Pepper holds its ground in the finish. Flavors border full, body’s medium-full, and strength makes a final sprint to full before I hit the nub’s end. -Paul

Aganorsa Leaf Rare Leaf Reserve

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Toro Strength: Medium Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo ‘99 & Criollo ‘98

Construction: Well packed, expertly rolled.
Draw: Effortless.
Pre-light flavor: Pepper, earth, hay.
Toasting & Light: Quick.
Base flavors: Earth, black pepper, robust tobacco, cedar, tangy lemon.
Aroma: Mellow.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even burn, firm ash.
Balance of flavors: Well-rounded.

Rare Leaf Reserve kicks off with a spicy smack, underscored by a cedar-earth duet and an orchestra of hay, almonds, leather, and a citrus wink for good measure. Strength starts at a slow trot but picks up pace to hit medium as the first act closes.

Act Two cools the spice, making way for a dark chocolate-espresso mix, interspersed with lemongrass, sourdough, earth, hay, nutmeg, and intermittent citrus. Burn and draw keep up their star performance, with strength solidly in the medium zone.

The final third keeps the dark chocolate-espresso profile, adding citrus peel, barnyard, creamy cedar, leather, toasted bread, and peanuts to the mix. With continuing good construction and a stellar draw, strength pushes past medium, heading for full. Consistent till the last inch, Rare Leaf Reserve proves Aganorsa’s cigar wizardry. -Paul

Aganorsa Leaf Rare Leaf Reserve Maduro (Pre-Release)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Toro Strength: Full Wrapper: Mexico San Andres Maduro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

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Construction: Expertly crafted, velvety smooth, rich dark complexion.
Draw: Open with no resistance.
Pre-light flavor: Leather, pepper, earth.
Toasting & Light: No issues.
Base flavors: Earth, black pepper, tobacco, cedar.
Aroma: Rich and savory.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even burn, firm whitish-grey ash.
Balance of flavors: Ideal.

As I lit up Rare Leaf Reserve Maduro (a pre-release treat), a rush of spice hit me instantly, accompanied by a creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel that enveloped me. It was clear from the start that this was no ordinary smoke—it was complex from the get-go, showcasing a symphony of rich flavors. Right off the bat, coffee beans merged perfectly with that silky-smooth texture I mentioned earlier. And let me tell you, there was a tantalizing hint of sweetness, kind of like cinnamon-sugar, lingering on the tip of my tongue.

But as I ventured further, the intensity soared. Around the halfway mark, the flavors truly came alive. A deep, dark fruitiness took center stage, with the essence of ripe black cherries saturating each draw. It was an apotheosis of taste, each puff becoming more flavorful than the last.

The burn and draw of this cigar were flawless throughout, providing a smoothness that bordered on coolness, offering a refreshing sensation with every puff.

This Maduro boasts an impressive finish, allowing its flavors to linger on the palate. I find myself unable to resist the temptation to reach for another of these full-bodied gems—but I’ll have to wait for their wider release. -Paul

Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Toro Strength: Full Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Impeccably rolled.
Draw: Satisfactory, effortless puffs.
Pre-light flavor: Sweet and spicy preview.
Toasting & Light: Peppery, toasty.
Base flavors: Earth, black pepper, invigorating spices.
Aroma: Savory.
Burn & Ash Quality: Thin burn line, firm ash.
Balance of flavors: Harmonious.

Supreme Leaf starts with a kiss of earthy grit and black pepper. As the burn line progresses, earth swaps out for mellow cedar, smooth coffee, and an unexpected creamy sweetness. Flavor peaks as the body nears fullness with surprising strength.

As it segues into the midsection , it teases out nutty whispers, baking spices, creaminess, and wood tones. Performance remains staunch.

As the final act unfolds, there’s a resurgence of bold woodiness, a desert-like dryness, and pepper duo replacing baking spices. An intriguing funkiness joins an emerging harshness, and the nicotine strength kicks up a notch. There’s lingering wood, and pepper on the finish. In the end, Supreme Leaf was a rollicking ride of transformation, richness, and depth. -Paul

Buena Cosecha Corojo

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Toro Strength: Medium Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo ‘99
Binder& Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo ’99, Criollo ‘98

Construction: Sturdy, rustic appearance.
Draw: Exceptionally smooth.
Pre-light flavor: Pepper, rich tobacco, raisin notes.
Toasting & Light: Effortless.
Base flavors: Pepper, earth, raisins, subtle sweetness.
Aroma: Sweet.
Burn & Ash Quality: Impeccable burn, sturdy ash.
Balance of flavors: In synch.

The Buena Cosecha hits like a hurricane, bringing red pepper fireworks and a rich tobacco heartbeat along for the ride. Creaminess unveils a crooner’s melody, with dried fruit providing a delightful chorus. Salty and bready notes weave in, accompanied by espresso and a cocoa whisper. It’s a carnival of complexity from the get-go.

A kaleidoscope of flavors dance—like a hippie tripping the light fantastic on Himalayan Mad Honey—and stick sweetly around, while Buena Cosecha’s overall quality and AGANORSA tobacco pedigree command attention. Though the physics of its smoking charm remains enigmatic, the palate impact is undeniably spectacular.

In essence, it’s a flavor locomotive, cloaked in billowing smoke. And like the little engine that could, Buena Cosecha keeps chugging along contentedly with evolving strength and flavors, showcasing an array of creaminess, honey, citrus, caramel, espresso, chocolate, dried fruit, cedar, pepper, molasses, and vanilla. Full of flavor and outperforming its meager price, Buena Cosecha is one of the best bang for your buck smokes you’ll find. – Paul

Guardian of the Farm Cerberus

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6 1/4” x 52)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo 2012 Aganorsa
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Expertly constructed with a solid feel and smooth wrapper.
Draw: The draw is effortless and produces ample smoke.
Pre-light flavor: Rich and complex with notes of earth, leather, and spice.
Toasting & Light: Fires up evenly and quickly.
Base flavors: Notes of spice, leather, and wood, offset by the sweetness of the Corojo 2012 wrapper.
Aroma: Rich with notes of cedar and leather.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even and consistent, with a firm and compact ash.
Balance of flavors: Ideal.

As I lit up the Guardian of the Farm Cerberus, I was greeted with a bold and intense spice that sent my taste buds reeling. The all-new Aganorsa Nicaraguan Corojo 2012 wrapper provided an earthy undertone that complemented the spice nicely, creating a flavor profile that was as complex as it was satisfying. The construction was solid, with an even burn and a firm, long ish ash that held on for dear life.

The second section is where Cerberus truly shone. The flavors evolved, with the spice giving way to notes of leather and wood while all components worked in balance and coordination. So far, the smoke was thick and creamy, and coated my palate with a lingering and pleasant finish.

As I entered the final third, the flavors intensified, with the spice returning in full force. The construction held up, with the burn remaining even and consistent until the very end. The Guardian of the Farm Cerberus cigar is not for the faint of heart, but for those who seek a bold and full-bodied smoking experience, you won’t find much better. – Paul

Guardian of the Farm Rambo

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto (4½” x 48)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 Aganorsa
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Criollo 98 and Corojo 99 Aganorsa

Construction: Felt solid, barely visible seams.
Draw: Airy and open.
Pre-light flavor: Notes of earth, cedar, and spice.
Toasting & Light: A breeze.
Base flavors: Pepper, leather, and oak.
Aroma: Notes of wood and earth.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even and consistent with a dense ash that held firm.
Balance of flavors: Each note works in harmony.

Guardian of the Farm cigars are an award-winning collaboration between Warped cigars and Aganorsa Leaf that are dedicated to man’s best friend.

Rambo packs a punch from the get-go with a bold, black, and white peppery kick that exploded on my palate. The Nicaraguan Corojo 99 wrapper is dark and oily, with an aroma of rich earth and spices that promises a full-bodied smoking experience. Oak comes out and has a moment in the sun as I approach the second section with some leather and earthiness closing things out.

As the second part begins, the Rambo’s flavors begin to evolve, revealing a complex and nuanced journey. The pepper, oak, and earthy notes from the first third are still present but have given way to a blend of dark chocolate, and coffee that work together to create a rich and satisfying smoke.

In the final third, the pepper returns with a vengeance, taking center stage and commanding attention. The flavors remain well-balanced, with the leather and dark chocolate notes still present, adding depth and complexity to the smoke. Rambo finishes strong, leaving a satisfying finish that lingers long after the final puff.

Overall, the Guardian of the Farm Rambo is a first-rate option for those seeking a cigar with some meat on the bone. While probably not a great choice for a newcomer, the Guardian of the Farm Rambo is sure to satisfy more experienced enthusiasts. – Paul

Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6” x 52)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo Maduro Aganorsa
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Solid, with a smooth and oily wrapper.
Draw: Perfect, producing ample smoke and allowing the flavors to shine through.
Pre-light flavor: Notes of leather, spice, and a slight sweetness.
Toasting & Light: Lights easily and evenly.
Base flavors: Notes of baking spices, earth, and leather.
Aroma: Rich and inviting.
Burn & Ash Quality: Sharp, with a solid ash.
Balance of flavors: Each flavor is complementary and not overwhelming.

The Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch hits like a ton of bricks, with a rich and complex flavor profile that’s nothing short of mesmerizing. The Nicaraguan Corojo Maduro wrapper is as dark and oily as a black cat’s fur, while opening notes of earth, warm baking spices, and espresso felt like a shot of adrenaline and had me pumped for more.

As the second section sprinted ahead, the flavors began to evolve like a psychedelic kaleidoscope. The initial earthy and spicy notes gave way to a blend of dark chocolate, coffee, and leather that works to take the blend into a complex orbit.

In the final third, the flavors blast off like a Saturn V into outer space, with the pepper boomeranging back to centerstage. The blend remains balanced, with the baking chocolate and leather notes darting in and out and adding a top note of depth and complexity.

Try the Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch and embark on a dark and delicious journey you won’t soon forget. – Paul

Siboney Reserve

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6 x 52)
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo Aganorsa
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Firm to the touch, with a seamless, oily wrapper that displays some veins.
Draw: Barely there, resistance.
Pre-light flavor: Hay, earth, and a subtle sweetness.
Toasting & Light: Lights easily, creating a smooth and even burn.
Base flavors: Cedar, leather, and dark chocolate.
Aroma: Rich and enticing, with notes of coffee, cinnamon, and roasted nuts.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even and consistent, with a solid ash that holds up well throughout the smoke.
Balance of flavors: Well-balanced.

The Siboney Reserve commands my attention upon lighting with notes of black pepper, and cedar, with a hint of espresso lurking somewhere in the background. So as not to be left out in the cold, dark chocolate kicks down the door to announce its presence as the first section winds down.

As the smoke progresses the flavors begin to reveal a bit more playfulness. The pepper notes from the first third give way to a blend of dark chocolate, coffee, and leather that work together to take Siboney Reserve to a higher ground.

In the final section, the flavors intensify while the blend remains well-balanced. Dark chocolate and leather notes are omnipresent, adding layers to the overall experience. Siboney Reserve ends on a high note that leaves me wanting more.

Overall, the Siboney Reserve is an affordable option—crafted with superb Aganorsa tobaccos—that’s proven to satisfy the ficklest cigar fans. Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or a newcomer, the Siboney Reserve is a must-try for anyone looking for an exceptional and well-priced premium cigar. – Paul

Siboney Reserve Connecticut

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6” x 52)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Solid, with a smooth and silky wrapper.
Draw: No problems.
Pre-light flavor: Hay, wood, and a hint of vanilla sweetness.
Toasting & Light: Evenly, with a consistent burn from the get-go.
Base flavors: Creamy vanilla, white pepper, and toasted bread.
Aroma: Inviting and pleasant, with notes of sweet cream and toasted nuts.
Burn & Ash Quality: Perfect.
Balance of flavors: Well-balanced with each flavor note making sense.

The Siboney Reserve Connecticut came on like a gentle, spring breeze—carrying hints of toasted almond, cream, and a touch of honey that practically had me at hello. Each draw conveyed a sense of understated luxury as I put the blend through its paces.

What really sets the Siboney Reserve Connecticut apart is its mellow nature that has a dash of daring thrown in for good measure. The second section dials in with notes of white pepper, rye toast, and natural vanilla that takes Siboney Connecticut from the merely ‘really good’ to a ‘can’t-put-it-down’ excellence.

Overall, the Siboney Reserve Connecticut is surprisingly affordable, while remaining sophisticated and nuanced. Basically, it’s a cigar that showcases the very best of Aganorsa tobaccos in a mellower than usual format and one that I’d highly recommend to anyone looking for an ideal any time-of-day cigar.

– Paul

Siboney Reserve Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto (5¼”x 50)
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Dark and oily wrapper with fine tooth to the touch and shows a few prominent veins.
Draw: Smooth and effortless.
Pre-light flavor: Dark chocolate, espresso, and a hint of spice.
Toasting & Light: Lights easily and evenly.
Base flavors: Dark chocolate, coffee, and black pepper.
Aroma: Rich and pungent.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even.
Balance of flavors: Balanced and complex.

Lighting up the Siboney Reserve Maduro is like stepping into a rich and seductive world of top-notch cigar flavors and aroma. First up came notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and black cherry that enveloped my senses in a daydream of luxury.

Espresso recedes as the second part of Siboney Maduro gets under way, as cedar, leather, and black pepper take their turn leading the troop. At this point, the smoke has a velvety texture and the blend teeters between medium to medium-plus bodied.

As I took each successive draw of the Siboney Maduro and moved into the final portion, I felt like I was exploring a tapestry of flavor, with notes of dark and ripe fruit, leather, and gritty earth weaving their way across my palate. The overall profile was balanced by a hint of sweetness from black cherry and the roasted notes of bold espresso.

Overall, the Siboney Reserve Maduro checks a lot of boxes—it’s affordable, delicious, and made with some of the finest (Aganorsa) tobaccos around. Give it a try and you’ll likely find your next go-to cigar.

– Paul

Lunatic Hysteria Barberpole

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 5½”x 50 (Robusto)
Strength: Medium-plus to full bodied.
Wrapper: San Andres Maduro and Ecuador Connecticut Shade.
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan Aganorsa.

Construction: Impeccable, eye-catching.
Draw: Effortless, smooth.
Pre-light flavor: Cedar, sweet hay.
Toasting & Light: Quick, inviting.
Base flavors: Cream, pepper, earth.
Aroma: Rich, nutty, hint of sweetness.
Burn & Ash Quality: Consistent, firm gray ash.
Balance of flavors: Harmonious, well-rounded.

Once the fire was lit, and a smooth brew of earth and spice erupted, the pepper sting lingers like a phantom on the edge of my palate. Burning impeccably and taunting me with whispers of cocoa, remnants of a cold draw that seemed like a distant fever dream. The first inch of smoke danced with earthy, peppery spice before giving way to a nutty sweetness.

The smoke, as smooth as silk, continued to be a full-bodied assault on my senses, churning out a cacophony of earthiness, roasted nuts, cedar, and a peppery frenzy with hints of sweetness. So far, the Hysteria Barberpole was a well-rounded cocktail, each puff revealing another layer.

The burn was an unwavering testament to Aganorsa Leaf’s mastery, its ashes clinging in half-inch to three-quarter-inch nuggets. No touch-up necessary, with only the briefest betrayal when the wrapper tore as I removed the band.

The final act revealed a decadent blend of earth, cedar, nuts, and sweet n’ peppery spice. Lasting impressions reveal a sublime dance between light and dark, chaos and order. The body remained full, never straying too far from requiring a straitjacket.

Lunatic Hysteria BP Toro defied barberpole stigma, offering a perfectly balanced, full-bodied experience. The burn was an impressive feat, considering the notorious unpredictability of dual-wrapped cigars. Not for the faint of heart– the Lunatic Hysteria Barberpole is a wild ride that leaves you hoping for more. – Paul

Lunatic Hysteria

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 5½”x 50 (Robusto)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Flawless, expertly rolled.
Draw: Smooth, easy.
Pre-light flavor: Earthy, mild spice.
Toasting & Light: Even, welcoming.
Base flavors: Cedar, coffee, pepper.
Aroma: Enticing, woodsy, touch of sweetness.
Burn & Ash Quality: Steady, solid gray ash.
Balance of flavors: Well-composed, engaging.

The Lunatic Hysteria—the name alone hints at a wild ride.

A whirlwind of flavors to begin, shifting from a semi-sweet opening to a mosh pit of earthiness, bittersweet chocolate, and charred wood. The strength didn’t reveal itself at first, rather it crept up like a silent assassin, with the potential to leave the unprepared reeling. I’d recommend a pause between pulls to tame this beast.

As the Hysteria approached its midpoint, more earthiness surfaced while other flavors receded. The final act proved challenging, an onslaught of earth and charred wood with black pepper lying beneath the chaos.

The JFR Lunatic Hysteria reached its peak early, holding steadfast in intensity. Beware, the Hysteria is not for the mellow cigar minded, but for those who prefer to walk to the outer limits of full-bodied Nicaraguan powerhouses. – Paul

Lunatic Torch

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6½”x 52 – ‘Visionaries’)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Outstanding, well-built.
Draw: Open, satisfying.
Pre-light flavor: Earth, hint of cocoa.
Toasting & Light: Even, enticing.
Base flavors: Leather, spice, wood.
Aroma: Rich, toasty, subtle sweetness.
Burn & Ash Quality: Steady, compact gray ash.
Balance of flavors: Intriguing, well-rounded.

I wasn’t sure what the shaggy footed JFR Lunatic Torch had in store, but my mind was eased as it morphed into a gentle beast once the flame kissed its foot. The cigar’s mellow beginning never strayed far from medium in body or strength, as if guiding me gently through a dreamscape.

As the Lunatic Torch progressed, it bared its soul to me. Not a schizophrenic barrage of flavor changes, but a steadfast commitment to its core notes. As the smoke danced into the final inches, the cigar maintained its composure, a badge of honor for its unwavering character.

The JFR Lunatic Torch branded itself into the spiderwebs of my memory. Possessing a medium body, a delicate balance of flavors, and creamy tendrils of smoke, this Lunatic proved to be a visionary – able to guide the full scope of cigar smokers (from the uninitiated to the seasoned veterans) on a long, soothing odyssey. For those yet to plunge into the rabbit hole of Aganorsa Leaf, the JFR Lunatic Torch offers a tantalizing gateway, both in flavor and affordability, to the kaleidoscopic world that lies within. – Paul

JFR Connecticut

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6 ½”x 52 (Super Toro)
Strength: Mellow to Medium
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: A seamless roll, and a firm, consistent feel.
Draw: No issues.
Pre-light flavor: Hay, cedar, and a touch of earthiness.
Toasting & Light: Awakens effortlessly ignition, the foot glowing with a fiery warmth.
Base flavors: Cream, cedar, and a whisper of black pepper.
Aroma: Roasted nuts, gentle sweetness, and a subtle earthiness, evoking images of sunlit tobacco fields.
Burn & Ash Quality: Even, razor-sharp burn and a firm, light-gray ash.
Balance of flavors: Balanced and harmonious.

A beguiling enigma, tightly wrapped in a golden Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf, JFR Connecticut exudes a tantalizing scent of mystery and danger.

The JFR Connecticut roared to life like an ill-tempered Harley, its plumes of smoke billowing into the air in a hazy fog of war. Notes of cedar and cream tickled my palate while hints of black pepper and hay danced in the background—a twisted choreography of mellow-minded taste.

The second section, however, brought forth a metamorphosis – like Mr. Hyde transforming into the kindly Dr. Jekyll. The intensity mellowed as the flavors melded, creating a chorus of roasted nuts, caramel, and a lingering taste of sweet coffee. JFR Connecticut has lulled me into a false sense of security, but I was too far gone, too deep down the rabbit hole to turn back now.

And as the final third approached, the JFR Connecticut was reaching its crescendo—a harmonious, rich experience that defied expectations. JFR Connecticut was mellow, yet full of character, the flavors of earth and wood mingling with a subtle spice that lingered on the tongue like a haunting memory. As I laid the nub to rest, I was left with a sense of satisfaction, the kind that only comes from a well-crafted cigar – and the knowledge that pleasure can still be found in the simple act of indulging in a vice. – Paul

Lunatic Hysteria Perfecto

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 4¾”x 60
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Smooth roll, even feel, and a skillfully applied cap.
Draw: Slight resistance in the beginning, then open.
Pre-light flavor: Notes of cedar, earth, and a touch of sweetness.
Toasting & Light: Once it got going, it performed like a champ.
Base flavors: Cedar, earth, and a mild sweetness.
Burn & Ash Quality: Uniform burn and a sturdy, light-gray ash that clings with confidence.
Balance of flavors: Masterfully harmonizes its flavors.

Up next for me was the Lunatic Perfecto – an old–timey specimen of a cigar, seemingly birthed in the beginning of the last century. Wrapped in an enticing Nicaraguan Corojo leaf, it taunted me with its widening midsection and wild-eyed promise of unadulterated pleasure.

The first third ignited like a gas-fueled pyre, casting a veil of thick, aromatic smoke into the air. The flavors thundered across my palate like a stampede of wild horses – earth, black pepper, and a hint of dark chocolate. And the building intensity reared its head like a Game of Thrones dragon, hell-bent on consuming all in its path.

As I dove headfirst into the second section, I found myself wrestling with a bevy of complex flavors – an unholy union of espresso, cocoa, and the sweet embrace of caramel. The intensity waned but the Lunatic Perfecto remained medium to full-bodied and dared me to venture to the edge.

The final third arrived like a twisted crescendo as the Lunatic Perfecto revealed another dimension. Notes of leather and oak fused with a lingering sweetness, a decadent symphony that both intoxicated and captivated me. A blend that keeps you guessing—and a full-bodied feast at that—the Lunatic Perfecto just might be the cigar you’ve been looking for. – Paul

Lunatic Loco Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 4¾” x 60 (El Loquito)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo Maduro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Flawless execution, with a uniform roll and supple feel.
Draw: A tug of resistance at first, then opening to be airy.
Pre-light flavor: Hints of dark chocolate, leather, and earthiness.
Toasting & Light: No problem, its foot radiating a warm, inviting glow.
Base flavors: Espresso, dark chocolate, and a dash of black pepper.
Aroma: Cocoa, earth, and a trace of sweetness permeates the air.
Burn & Ash Quality: Consistent, even burn and a solid, charcoal-gray ash.
Balance of flavors: Balanced and none out of whack.

Shrouded in a sinister, darker than dark, brown Nicaraguan Corojo Shade Grown Maduro wrapper, the Lunatic Loco Perfecto Maduro stared at me, daring me to bring it to life in a fiery birth.

A tempest of flavors raged across my tongue – bitter dark chocolate, earth, and a seductive undercurrent of black pepper. The intensity struck like a bloodthirsty boa, coiling around my senses, threatening to crush me beneath the weight of its full-bodied ferocity.

The second third plunged me deeper into Maduro darkness, as the torrent of flavors swirled into a whirlpool of espresso, sweet molasses, and an unexpected touch of citrus. The intensity ebbed slightly, a momentary reprieve before the inevitable tsunami that loomed on the horizon.

And as the final section came crashing down upon me, the Lunatic Perfecto Maduro unveiled a dark, twisted maelstrom of earth, leather, and a lingering sweetness that clung to my palate like a desperate plea for mercy. The intensity surged, a final act of defiance before easing back ever so slightly. – Paul

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Toro Strength: Full Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Shade Grown Corojo Maduro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99

Construction: Impeccae.
Draw: Satisfactory.
Pre-light flavor: Sweet and earthy.
Toasting & Light: Pepper, toast, earth.
Base flavors: Earth, black pepper, fruit, baking spices.
Aroma: Savory.
Burn & Ash Quality: Thin burn line, firm ash.
Balance of flavors: ideal.

In a dimly lit dusk, the Aganorsa Signature Selection Maduro lights me up immediately with its initial draw of fruit and earthy undertones. A delightful aroma reminiscent of a bakery fills the air, while a hint of pepper tickles the senses. The first flavors unfold with a touch of ginger and an abundance of pepper.

As the journey unfolds, fruity notes come to the forefront, gradually overtaken by the delightful combination of honey and nuts, intensified to perfection.

Moving into the next phase, the cigar maintains a delightful balance of nuts and sweetness, complemented by hints of cedar and occasional glimpses of fruit from the earlier draw. A subtle leathery element emerges, adding depth to the experience.

Approaching the finale, the nutty notes persist, while coffee and leather take center stage, creating a dominant flavor profile. Subtle hints of cedar and occasional whispers of dark chocolate add complexity to the cigar’s character.

The Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Maduro is a testament to the art of flavor exploration. Embark on this sensory journey and indulge in the wild ride it offers.

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6″ x 52)
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Aganorsa Corojo (Nicaragua)
Binder/Filler: Aganorsa Estelí & Jalapa Corojo 99 & Criollo 98, incl. a half leaf of Medio-tiempo (Nicaragua)

Construction: Excellent. Packed to the gills with filler, the cigar has some decent weight. The cigar is mostly protected by a gold foil sleeve which, when removed, reveals a clean-looking Corojo leaf that’s even in color and affixed with a triple seam cap.
Draw: Good. Could’ve been better at the start; as I said, this thing was solidly packed. But by the end of the first act, the draw loosened up.
Pre-light flavor: Salty leather.
Toasting & Light: Easy.
Base flavors: Earth, toastiness, hazelnuts, bready, woody, leathery, sweet spice, nutmeg, pepper.
Retrohale: Creamy.
Aroma: Sweet.
Burn & Ash Quality: Excellent. Ash is almost entirely grey and pretty firm, revealing a cone shape when tapped.
Balance of flavors: Perfection.

Summary: I smoked the Signature several months ago, and was much more impressed this second time around. Even with the draw a bit tight at first, the smoke was rich, creamy, and dense. Early notes of earth, toast, and wood set up what was to come.

Once the cigar settles into its lane, this cigar now revealed layers of toastiness, nuttiness, and woodiness led by flavors of hazelnuts, oak, leather, and nutmeg. But it was the transition into the mid-section where the rubber really met the road. The flavors caramelized beautifully for a perfect balance.

The last act is where the big change-up appeared. The cigar’s strength came in like a lion as the sweeter elements went out like a lamb. At this juncture I had a bold, no-nonsense Nicaraguan cigar teeming with more earth, pepper, and charred oak.

Suffice it to say. . . The Aganorsa Leaf Signature Toro is a rich-tasting, complex cigar that goes from 60 to 100mph in just under two hours. Well-balanced throughout, and teeming with a wide array of flavors, those last couple of inches come on like a runaway freight train. Experienced palates should find the Signature extremely satisfying, especially with espresso or a dark Añejo Rum, to maintain a little sweetness in that last stretch. – Gary Korb

Aganorsa Leaf – Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Corojo Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Toro (6″ x 54)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Aganorsa Corojo
Binder& Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Expertly-rolled with tight seams and a nice weight in the hand. Wrapper is thick, leathery and a bit bumpy, with a well-fashioned triple seam cap. The cigar features twin neck bands and a gold silk band protecting the foot.
Draw: Perfect.
Pre-light flavor: Salty leather.
Toasting & Light: The cigar toasted and lit quickly revealing a mix of black pepper and cedar in the initial puffs. The smoke was very thick causing some pepper to get up into my nose like a backwards retrohale.
Base flavors: Earth, black pepper, strong tobacco, cedar, lemony tanginess.
Retrohale: Mucho pepperino!
Aroma: Sharp.
Burn & Ash Quality: The cigar burned well and evenly with a smooth flow of dense smoke, exposing a firm whitish-grey ash.
Balance of flavors: Very good.

Summary: This puro started off with a shotgun blast of sharp black pepper, occluding all else but some underlying earth through the first one-and-a-half inches, then leveled-out to a very dark, earthy, and tangy smoke with a long peppery finish. Transitioning to the mid-section, cedar emerged with a bitter, citrusy note akin to lemon or lime, and less pepper on the finish. The smoke rounded-out further at this juncture, allowing for a much smoother, well-defined smoke with plenty of that lemony tanginess. The third act remained fairly relentless in its power and dark, earthy core flavors.

Suffice it to say. . . the Reserva Corojo is a strong, full-bodied cigar that shoots first and asks questions later. For that reason, I can only recommend it to the most experienced cigar smokers who love bold Nicaraguan cigars like the Foundation Wise Man, Liga Privada, I would also reserve this cigar for after-dinner when you can allow the flavors to mingle with a fine bourbon or Añejo Rum. – Gary

Aganorsa Leaf – Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Titan (6″ x 60)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder& Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: This is a real heavyweight that’s built like a tank. The wrapper color is even throughout and fashioned with a triple seam cap.
Draw: Ideal.
Pre-light flavor: Chocolatey and leathery.
Toasting & Light: Easy. The cigar lit fairly quickly with no issues.
Base flavors: Earth, leather, sweet tobacco, cocoa, oak, light peppery spice.
Retrohale: Peppery.
Aroma: Sweet.
Burn & Ash Quality: Very good. I smoked this cigar outside on a very breezy day, which got the burn off to a slightly crooked start. It righted itself after the second inch, and was fine from there. The ash was mostly grey-black and very firm, leaving only several ashes in the tray at completion.
Balance of flavors: Excellent. Everything was in tune offering flavors mostly of earth, sweet spice, oak, and some light peppery spice on the finish.

Summary: The difference between the Reserva Maduro and the Reserva Corojo were like night and day. Even though the Titan was a bigger cigar with essentially the same core blend, it was much sweeter and not as bold as the Corojo Toro.

The chocolatey pre-light told me this cigar was going to be nice, and once lit, a cocoa essence entered the mix along with notes of earth, leather and sweet tobacco, so the start was very satisfying.

Once the cigar got past the first inch, sadly, the cocoa note was masked by dominant notes of earth, leather, sweet tobacco, and some light peppery spice. These flavors made-up most of the cigar, and continued as much from the midpoint down to the nub.

Additionally, if you love San Andrés maduro wrapper, as I do, you’ll like the natural sweetness this cigar delivers.

Due to its big size, I’m glad I smoked it over a meal – ribeye steak sandwich, fries, and iced-coffee. As a result, I was able to have long pauses during the session, which kept the cigar cooler. I believe this helped preserve many of the better flavors in each puff, too.

Suffice it to say. . . I might opt for a smaller ring gauge the next time I smoke the Reserva Maduro, mostly because I don’t usually smoke 60-ring cigars. That said, the cigar was not uncomfortable; maybe because it was in the ashtray saddle most of the time. All-in-all, the Aganorsa Leaf Reserva Maduro offers a robust, well-balanced smoke with an impressive array of flavors. And for those who tend to reach for super-sized smokes, you can’t miss with this cigar. – Gary

Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Toro (6 ½” x 52)
Strength: Medium – Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Perfect construction.
Draw: Smooth as silk.
Pre-light flavor: Tobacco sweetness.
First Few Puffs: Just a little spicy.
Base flavors: Cedar sweetness, cinnamon, citrus, cocoa, a little pepper.
Aroma: Toasty.
Burn & Ash Quality: Very solid.
Balance of flavors: Really nice balance of flavors.

Summary: So, here we have the same filler and binder combination as the Maduro below, but draped in a supple, sweet, oily, and aromatic Corojo leaf that makes it a completely different cigar. While not as full-bodied as the Maduro, this medium to full Nicaraguan puro blend sure as hell doesn’t skimp on flavor.

The Corojo outer leaf delivers a whole lotta sweet cedary spice when you first set flame to it and it not only tastes divine, the aroma is sweet and intoxicating as well. Only about a half inch in I started to pick up prominent notes of cocoa, and I’d say there was a hint of cinnamon as well which was very pleasant. The cocoa flavor was building halfway thru when light, sweet citrus notes entered in which was surprisingly delicious. I’d say just a little bit of pepper showed itself in the final third that gave this stick even a little more oomph in flavor.

Again, like all these Aganorsa smokes, the construction is simply flawless, as the draw is easy, pulling a lot of thick, white, tasty and aromatic smoke. The retrohale was nice and easy as well, (the word “sweet” prevails here), as I retrohaled a third the way and two-thirds the way in. I paired this one with Woodford Reserve as the bourbon’s subtle sweetness matched perfectly with the robust sweetness of the cigar. Like I said, not as powerful in the flavor department as the Maduro, but every bit as loaded with rich, aged tobacco taste. One hell of an enjoyable cigar. – Tommy Zman

Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Maduro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Arsenio (5 ¼” x 54 Double Robusto)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua

Construction: Densely packed.
Draw: Smooth and consistent.
Pre-light flavor: Earthy.
First Few Puffs: Woody sweetness.
Base flavors: Dark chocolate, coffee, berries.
Aroma: Dark wood.
Burn & Ash Quality: Perfectly solid.
Balance of flavors: Wonderful complexity.

Summary: This is an intensely rich cigar full of deep robust flavors that came in at number 11 in the 2016 Top Cigars of the year list. It has the same filler and binder as the Corojo version, except for the dark and supple Mexican San Andres that adorns the outside of this smoke.

While the inner tobaccos are comprised of bold Nicaraguan leaves, it’s the wrapper leaf on this cigar that makes for such a full-flavored spicy offering. Oh, it’s complex alright, and while not strong or overpowering by any stretch, the bold flavors grow and intensify throughout the smoke. A slightly bitter dark chocolate note hits the palate at the start along with black coffee – and again, with all these dark flavorings, I remind you that it’s not strong, just tasty as all hell.

Somewhere between the one-third and halfway mark I started getting flavors of dark ripened berries along with the chocolate as I began to realize I didn’t need dessert because this Aganorsa was the perfect after dinner treat, and one hell of a lot less fattening than cheesecake.

The construction of these cigars is magnificent, a chunky 54 ring box-press that draws like a dream with a perfectly solid grayish white ash. This Maduro has a long finish, leaving that luscious flavor to hang around for some time. I paired this with dark coffee and a small glass of Presidential 10-year Port as those rich berry flavors in the wine married wonderfully with the cigar. What a treat – what a cigar – I can’t stop smoking them and they’re highly recommended by yours truly. – Tommy Zman

Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Arsenio Serie Oro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Robusto (5 ½” x 54)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Corojo wrapper has a look and feel of burnished leather, and slightly box pressed; veins are evident, as is the tooth. Firmly packed with tobacco.
Draw: Moderate resistance.
Pre-light flavor: Musty earth, strong cedar and a slightly dry sweet taste; the cigar has a slight aroma of graham cracker.
Toasting & Light: Charred cedar wood, wrapped in a huge shot of pepper and spice that leaves a long lip-tingling finish.
Base flavors: Wood, though it tastes a bit more exotic than cedar. Also grains and dry sweet nougat.
Retrohale: Toasted bread, and very little spice. A second retrohale kicks up sensations of pepper and wood.
Aroma: Warm and sweet, like graham crackers.
Burn & Ash Quality: The burn line is slightly wavy, but I’m smoking outside – so that’s something I’ll overlook. Salt-and-pepper ash forms in very thin stacks and holds well.
Balance of flavors: Flavors are very well balanced vs. strength.

Summary: A tribute smoke, named for Aganorsa’s Master Blender, Arsenio Ramos; it was made to celebrate his 80th birthday.

The Miami Arsenio Oro features extra-long aged tobaccos – so no surprise that it’s somewhat creamy by the ½” mark. Generous amounts of smoke billow forth, and any of that creaminess is tempered by a wild burn from the spice…and it’s everywhere: on my lips, my cheeks, my tongue. It’s eye-opening.

By the second half, leather and earth dominate the flavor profile, with significantly less spice. I have to wonder if the spice actually falls off in the flavor profile, or I’ve just become immune to it. Soon, a bit of roasted coffee, wood and a tinge of pepper get to come forward in the mix…but it’s not long before that tingling sensation from the spice is back.

The Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Arsenio Oro starts out just north of medium body, maybe medium-plus – and locks in there to the finish. There’s some gusto to it, and after you finish smoking it is when you notice that buzz the most.

If you like a spicy smoke…you’ll love this Aganorsa: it’s a spicy-a meat-a-ball.

To be fair, the restricted draw was a teaching lesson: a tighter cigar can burn a bit hot, so I wouldn’t find myself nubbing this one. The stiff draw also lends to this being a slow burn; and it’s that limited airflow that made for those very skinny stacks of ash.

As we compared notes and experiences for this Guide, everyone else remarked about how their Aganorsas were so strong…this being a medium-bodied smoke, it struck a much different chord. And for such a slow burn, I’d say match with a slow-sipping sweet bourbon, maybe. Or enjoy it with the softer touch of an Irish whisky, and toast Aganorsa’s master. – John Pullo

Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Aniversario Serie 2014 Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Toro (6 ¼” x 52)
Strength: Full (listed Medium-plus)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: A chocolate brown Corojo leaf with notable veins, on a puro treated to a very soft box press.
Draw: Nice – if a bit loose.
Pre-light flavor: The cigar smells sweet and leathery; a cool and creamy cold draw is marked by a hint of dark chocolate and raisin.
Toasting & Light: Pepper and oak.
Base flavors: Pepper, earth, floral, nuts.
Retrohale: Leather and peaty earth.
Aroma: Warm, with an underlying floral sweetness.
Burn & Ash Quality: A black and white ash stacks nicely on top of a super fine burn line.
Balance of flavors: Intensity of flavor and strength are full, but well matched.

Summary: Like all Miami Aniversario cigars, this 2014 version is a Nicaraguan puro; the wrapper is a 5-year-aged Corojo leaf grown in the Jalapa Valley, in the north of Nicaragua, close to the border with Honduras. Aganorsa grows a lot of their leaf in this area, where the soil is often compared to Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo. As for the tobacco grown there, in Jalapa, I’ve heard it described as “subtle” and “elegant.”

Not today.

Given the amount of face-slapping pepper at the beginning of this cigar, it seems clear to me that Aganorsa has all but steamrolled Don Pepin in their effort to take the crown in the Nicaraguan pepper bomb contest. Aganorsa now competes up on AJ Fernandez’ level, making cigars that swat at your taste buds like a piñata.

The Aganorsa Miami Aniversario 2014 has a very smoky aura: meaning most of the tasting notes and sensations lean hard on the lower right quadrant of our cigar flavor wheel, where words like toasted, nuts and wood live. And this cigar is jam-packed with those flavors.

It’s not a one-note song, however. There are dark, earthy and sweet qualities to be found in the flavor profile, plus a sweetness of the dry variety; there’s not much of it, but what’s there has the taste of cocoa. And each fat rip of smoke is laced with Aganorsa’s feel-good burn.

This is very much a cruise control kind of smoke…meaning, the Aganorsa Miami 2014 is full bodied right out of the chute, and sticks faithfully to those base flavors (and the power of those flavors) as it exerts its dominance all the way down to the finishing puffs.

In sum: this puro passes its Nicaraguan-ness test with flying colors. And if Nicaragua’s full and peppery bite is in your wheelhouse, take the time and energy to search out a box of these Aganorsa cigars and see if they satisfy your craving. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. – John

Aganorsa Casa Fernandez Miami Aniversario Serie 2015 Cigar Review

Country of Origin: United States
Size: Lancero (7 ½” x 40)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Impeccably rolled.
Draw: Extremely smooth.
Pre-light flavor: Earthy.
First Few Puffs: Cedar sweetness.
Base flavors: Woody, spice, earthiness, coffee, dark fruit.
Aroma: Very toasty.
Burn & Ash Quality: Burns solid.
Balance of flavors: A very well balanced Lancero

Summary: I guess if you’re going to call a cigar an Aniversario it had better be something special, and this cigar is all that and more. The one I smoked is the 7 ½ x 40 Lancero (a box-pressed Lancero at that), a cigar that only expert rollers need attempt if you want excellent construction and burn.

Well, I’ll start off by saying that this puro is an absolute gem. Construction wise it’s a flawless work of art. And the smoke that pours out of this 40-ring gauge pencil of a cigar is immense as it has a razor-sharp burn and ash, and a smooth as silk draw. I actually thought it burned a little fast but that would be the only minor flaw I found. It’s a very creamy cigar at the start and its inviting aroma is smoky and sweet.

Again, I have to say that the size of this stick amazes me, especially for the complexity it displays. The first half inch or so is a mix of woody and earthy with some solid spice, I’m talking a lot of rich flavor right off the bat. But a couple inches in is where it opens up with distinct coffee notes and a dark fruit sweetness reminiscent of plums and cherries – I swear to you it’s there and it is over the top delicious. I believe the complexity not only derives from the Nicaraguan Aganorsa inner blend, but it’s that devilish Corojo wrapper that brings it to another level in its flavor profile.

I paired this one with coffee in the office as everyone had to listen to me rave about it. I think I could have paired it with chocolate milk because nothing can stop this cigar from being high level and drop dead delicious. Well, you think I liked it? Ha… – Tommy Zman

JFR Corojo Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Super Toro (6 1/2” x 52)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo Aganorsa
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Toasty brown with an easily-removed pigtail and a tucked wrapper foot.
Draw: Superb.
Pre-light flavor: Raisins and molasses.
Toasting & Light: In-your-face spice and power that soon settles down.
Base flavors: Dried fruit, earth, slight leather, citrus, and a tangy finish.
Retrohale: Warm, dry pepper, and floral notes.
Aroma: Nutty.
Burn & Ash Quality: White-grey ash with a mostly even burn.
Balance of flavors: Fantastic.

Summary: For Aganorsa, JFR is meant to nestle itself in between the super premiums and buck-a-stick yard gars. To me, if cigars were cars, JFR Corojo would be a Honda: it’s affordable enough for nearly everyone’s budget, but it still offers attractive features and serves as a reliable workhorse. And if we’re honest with ourselves, isn’t a cigar on which we can depend the goal when we’re looking for a daily smoker?

On this sample of JFR Corojo, it was abundantly clear that this cigar was going to be a heavier hitter, especially within the first half inch. Ignition of its all-Nicaraguan blend made way for searing pepper notes on the tongue, and even a healthy kick of nicotine, all still very evident after a sizable lunch. Thankfully, the better part of the power winds down after about half an inch, and the cigar settles into a delicious feast of flavor. There’s a little bit of everything once you get there. Earth, citrus, dry fruit, and more pour out like a cascading waterfall of smoke, and the ebb and flow of its complexity leaves you unwantingly satisfied.

If you like medium-bodied cigars that sit on the fuller side of the spectrum, and you’re not looking to spend a mint for a medley of flavors, JFR Corojo Super Toro delivers, and delivers, and delivers. – Jared

JFR Maduro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Super Toro (6 1/2” x 52)
Strength: Medium (listed Full)
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Chocolate brown and toothy with neatly-pressed veins and a sturdy pigtail.
Draw: Adequate
Pre-light flavor: A hint of fig and molasses.
Toasting & Light: A smooth, mineral sweetness.
Base flavors: Hearty and savory notes, mineral sweetness, grains, and nuts, and butter.
Retrohale: Creamy, and slightly spicy with notes of cocoa and coffee.
Aroma: Savory.
Burn & Ash Quality: Solid ash with a tight burn line.
Balance of flavors: Excellent.

Summary: The pre-light draw is tasty, with an emphasis on sweet, thanks to notes of fig and molasses. Afterward, a quick bite of the pigtail, and a careful toast-n-light, usher a wide variety of flavor.

Before we get into that, there’s an immediate distinction made by the San Andres leaf. Unlike its Corojo cousin, JFR Maduro doesn’t make its introduction to you with a megaphone in your face with the spice knob set to 11. The cigar is creamier, and much more approachable from the get-go. Those in the know regarding Maduro might not find this surprising, though, because that additional fermentation tends to mellow the leaf and balance a stronger blend. Don’t worry, flavor fans. The wrapper features much more tooth, and is therefore simultaneously more flavorful and complex as well. Its savory character is exemplified by notes of butter and grains, and with the contrast of its sweetness, and sometimes even floral-like essence, no taste buds are left unengaged.

As JFR Maduro progresses toward the mid-section and beyond, you may notice more earthy notes, and while none of them are prominent enough to make the list of base flavors, it’s clear that the cigar is settling down further, making this, at least to my palate, a more medium-bodied production.

Considering its approachable price, and a flavor profile that could make a strong case for doubling, or dare I say even tripling the per-stick price, I’ll argue that this one is well-seated in the no-brainer category for anyone who wants their flavor thrills on the cheaper side. – Jared

JFR Lunatic Habano Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Short Titan (4 1/4″ x 60 Gordo)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: A hefty Gordo with a closed foot on one end, and a pigtail cap on the other. The caramel brown Habano leaf is well-stretched, with evident tooth and veins.
Draw: Good – just a slight resistance, which is just how I like it.
Pre-light flavor: The barrel smells of leather and sweet fermented tobacco; the leaf is sweet on the lips, along with a taste of earth and salt.
Toasting & Light: Spice coats everything – tons of smoke pour out, full of salted nuts and mineral-rich earth flavors.
Base flavors: Cedar, coffee, spice, leather.
Retrohale: Cedar and spice.
Aroma: Moderate spice, but overall floral and toasty.
Burn & Ash Quality: A thin burn line gives up a compact, mostly white ash that holds well. Not the straightest burn, but no torch help is needed.
Balance of flavors: Very well-balanced between strength and flavor intensity.

Summary: Something for Aganorsa to hang their hats on: the JFR Lunatic Short Robusto was the #7 cigar of 2018. This is its shorter, fatter cousin.

Thick, chewy smoke appears instantly, as the leftover ash from the extra wrapper tobacco at the foot flakes off (that’s one “feature” of a closed foot).

To get into the details, one must peel back the layers of spice to start recognizing some of the flavors: most obvious to me were salted nuts and earth. Once the intense spice chills out, don’t be surprised if you sense dark roasted coffee beans, too. There’s also a subtle sweetness hanging out in the background – not quite chocolate, not quite caramelized sugar…but it’s sweet, and I like it.

I wouldn’t measure the JFR Lunatic Habano in thirds, as some reviewers do – instead, it’s better to let this cigar set some ground rules, then have it go through its paces by producing subtle changes. One is an old-school cedar note that becomes very apparent; so do some interesting floral and herb notes at about halfway, along with raisins. The JFR is also salty-sweet on the lips. And that’s all just in the first half.

The second half of this cigar is more about earth – along with a holdover of the raisin taste (dried fruit sweetness), cedar and leather. Spice returns too, of course. It’s the Aganorsa way.

Even though the first half and second half seem distinctly different to me, this JFR Lunatic’s changes are subtle – it’s not a wild swing of flavor, but rather something that evolves slowly over time.

The Lunatic promises “a crazy combination of incredible flavor and aroma with outstanding value”; and if your budget is decidedly saner when it comes to spending on cigars, I think this is one for the fuller-bodied smokers to buy into…at least once. – John

JFR Lunatic Maduro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Short Robusto (4 ¾” x 52)
Strength: Full (actually medium)
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaragua Aganorsa
Filler: Nicaragua Aganorsa

Construction: Once the silver sleeve is removed, it turns out this JFR Lunatic is not the darkest of maduros; it’s a well-stretched, chocolate brown San Andres leaf with obvious tooth, ending in a closed foot. The cigar is packed firm and triple capped.
Draw: Some resistance.
Pre-light flavor: Not much of a scent, but what I can pick up from the foot is chocolatey sweet; not much flavor either – just a hint of earth and citrus.
Toasting & Light: A strong coffee note, laced with leather and pepper.
Base flavors: Wood, leather, chocolate and coffee.
Retrohale: A nice, sweet floral sensation; later, it has a shot of spice.
Aroma: The wood and chocolate sweetness show up here, too.
Burn & Ash Quality: A superb white ash extends off a fine burn line, stacking up nicely and holding well.
Balance of flavors: Very consistent from start to finish.

Summary: Interesting presentation for a value cigar, as this JFR Lunatic Maduro was clad in a silver sleeve that I hear is invisible to police radar. It may also make an excellent (but small) emergency blanket. Another debate for another time. It also has a closed foot, which looks like this:

At the outset, this JFR Lunatic is not a particularly sweet maduro – that develops over time, and it’s a baker’s chocolate kind of sweet: dry and bitter. Add in some nuances of oaky wood and earth, and this Aganorsa makes its San Andres pedigree quite obvious.

If you like that dry chocolate sensation, you’re in luck – the sweetness shows up in the aroma, too. In time – about 30 minutes, maybe – that sweetness is replaced by a vibe of brewed coffee.

The JFR Lunatic is not the most dynamic cigar that Aganorsa makes, but it is dead-on consistent with the flavor.

Remember that “Lunatic” isn’t a reference to crazy strength or over-the-top-turnbuckle intensity – it’s about value. As in, it’s crazy how you can get a solid smoke for this kind of price. But I’d be lying if I told you this JFR Lunatic Maduro didn’t get gutsy at the end. Oof.

If you need more of that kind of punch, you can get your fill with this blend in sizes up to 8” x 80 – though you may need to rent a locker (or at least upgrade your humidor) to store something that big. This Short Robusto is an a-ok size for me, lasting an hour and change. I say it’s worth the short money, if you’re after a smoke with rock-solid flavors. – John

Aganorsa/Casa Fernandez New Cuba Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6” x 50)
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Construction: Well-rolled and slightly reddish in its brown coloring with a firm cap.
Draw: Mostly smooth, but a hair tight.
Pre-light flavor: Sweet and minty.
Toasting & Light: Hearty and sweet.
Base flavors: Grains, Corojo sweetness, dry nuts, and butter.
Retrohale: Fresh, spicy, and very smooth.
Aroma: Salty and warm.
Burn & Ash Quality: Coinstacked ash and a straight burn with a few tunneling issues as I reached the center.
Balance of flavors: Well balanced.

Summary: New Cuba cigars don’t have a heartwarming backstory; they’re simply cigars that Aganorsa crafted to be affordable and flavorful. When you’re dealing with mixed-filler tobaccos, a goal like that quickly becomes a tall order.

New Cuba Toro started off with a sweet appeal on both its pre-light and its first third, employing a desirable balance thanks to notes of grains and dry nuts on the finish. After the halfway mark, there is a slight shift in profile as a buttery smoothness emerges. The complexity offered here is subtle, but noticeable, and it’s a surprisingly tasty number from start to finish.

While this is far from my, or likely anyone’s, favorite Aganorsa smoke, there are some merits that should be considered. For one, its price is under the $2 mark per stick, making it an excellent daily smoker that offers much more than most of what falls in this range, and second, it’s quite consistent in flavor. As noted above, I wouldn’t exactly call it the poster child for complexity, but it certainly wasn’t dull. All in all, a huge value for your hard-earned money. – Jared

Aganorsa/Casa Fernandez New Cuba Connecticut Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Churchill (7” x 48)
Strength: Mellow
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Construction: An evenly colored, tawny Connecticut leaf with a dry satiny finish, and marked with large veins. My sample seems a little soft by the foot.
Draw: Resistance is moderate – I’m not getting copious amounts of smoke out of it, but it’s certainly smokable.
Pre-light flavor: Has that “Connecticut bitterness” mixed with hay, herb and spice.
Toasting & Light: Lights up quick with straight tobacco taste, and a little sweetness.
Base flavors: Hay, salt and earth.
Retrohale: Sweet, with a touch of hay or wood – there’s not much to it.
Aroma: Dry and sweet, a bit floral.
Burn & Ash Quality: Burns with a thin char line that gives up a flaky, salt n’ pepper ash that lets go pretty easy.
Balance of flavors: Straightforward.

Summary: Connecticut superfans – meet your bargain stick.

New Cuba Connecticut is super mellow. But we do call it “a step above any run-of-the-mill budget cigar,” as it’s a Cuban sandwich bundle cigar from a highly regarded grower of quality tobacco. Is it their best, or will it get you an almost-Aganorsa that competes with the $200 boxes under the umbrella? Nah – it’s just a tasty cigar you can enjoy guilt free, as it check in at a hair under $2.

Straight-up hay flavors are in store here; and dare I say, this New Cuba even exhibits a bit of creaminess from time to time. A little bit of tangy sweetness – like citrus zest – occasionally tries to push through, too.

We’re not breaking new ground here – this mellow Connecticut is the toasted white bread of cigars. And for the people who like that, New Cuba is an exceptionally easygoing pick. Also perfect, if you just got done pushing the lawn mower around for an hour, and you want to cool off with a reward smoke, some tunes and a cold one while you sit back and admire your hard work…the beer will get you buzzier than the cigar will. Smoke it far enough down, and there’s some oomph to it, believe it or not.

In sum, it’s a thrifty CT in the vein of Drew Estate Factory Smokes, Odyssey and Quorum, and quite enjoyable…so I’d call this a solid recommendation if you’re a budget guy in search of a bundle to keep your humidor full and your taste buds satisfied with an enjoyable smoke – nothing complex, just something good. On the next hot summer day, put it alongside a can of High Life (or a Modelo if you feel exceptionally worldly that day) – and just wind it up and let it go. – John

Aganorsa/Casa Fernandez New Cuba Maduro Cigar Review

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Toro (6” x 50)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua

Construction: Rough.
Draw: Tough draw.
Pre-light flavor: Sweet.
First Few Puffs: Some sweetness.
Base flavors: Sweet, chemical.
Aroma: Smoky.
Burn & Ash Quality: Flaky.

Summary: So, I get to smoke and review four immensely flavorful premium Aganorsa cigars… and then this bundled, mixed filler, Cuban sandwich style budget stick. Now before I sound like a snob of great proportions, let me say that there are several bundled budget sticks that I smoke and like. Unfortunately, this just isn’t gonna be one of them.

The maduro wrapper leaf is oily and attractive which gave me great hopes for this cigar, and the first few puffs were sweet and kind of nice. But I instantly found that it was a tough draw and even tougher to keep lit, as I had to pull hard to rekindle the smoke as I constantly had my lighter flame to the foot. And while there was a distinct sweetness in the flavor, there was also a slight chemical aftertaste that was pretty consistent all the way through.

I’d have to say that this offering is relegated to yard gar status; you know, mowing the lawn, changing your oil, and keeping the skeeters away on a hot summer’s night. It’s an affordable bundled stick that’s either meant for budget conscious smokers, or when you want a cigar while hosing the underside of the blade deck on your mower. No complexity whatsoever but it is a dark, sweet Maduro. – Tommy Zman

Aganorsa Famous 80th Anniversary Cigar Review (Discontinued)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: Box-Pressed Toro (6” x 52)
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Filler & Binder: Proprietary Nicaraguan Aganorsa

Construction: A very well-made cigar.
Draw: Very smooth.
Pre-light flavor: Tobacco sweetness.
First Few Puffs: Just a little spicy.
Base flavors: Coffee bean, cinnamon, dark fruit, buttery.
Aroma: Toasty.
Burn & Ash Quality: Very solid.
Balance of flavors: Complex with nice balance.

Summary: To celebrate Famous Smoke Shop’s remarkable 80 years in the tobacco business, several manufacturers created anniversary cigars to mark this special occasion. The good people at Aganorsa are the latest to comprise a smoke that is beyond excellent and worthy of an anniversary moniker. The size is referred to as a Toro Marblehead (whatever the hell that means, but I’ll go along with it), a box pressed toro with a slightly tapered head adorned with a second 80th gold band. The gorgeous San Andres wrapper shines with oiliness – it is a hefty stick, packed with rich aged tobacco.

Upon lighting you’ll get an instant hit of spice with a very creamy, almost buttery sort of mouthfeel. This is without question a complex cigar displaying a number of rich notes. I got a coffee bean flavor pretty much right away to go along with that buttery mouthfeel I spoke of, and a cinnamon-like sweetness was on the tip of my tongue. About the halfway point it really began to ramp up in flavor as a dark fruit, like ripened black cherries, became prominent. So basically, the further down I smoked, the more full-flavored it became.

I retrohaled about the halfway mark and those coffee bean and cherry components got intense in my proboscis – flavorful, but once was enough for me. The burn and the draw couldn’t be better as a very smooth, almost cool smoke came from the head. Only 250 boxes of 20 were produced to commemorate this Famous moment in time and I’d have to say you’d better move your ash and pick one up before they’re no longer available – because, yeah, they’re THAT good. – Tommy Zman