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Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection




Through the years, Aganorsa Leaf has gained notoriety for not only growing some of the world’s best tobaccos but also creating its own portfolio of award-winning cigars.

Eduardo and Max Fernández, the father and son team behind Aganorsa Leaf, set out to create a cigar that features a small amount of medio tiempo, the rare tobacco leaf prized by growers for its rich flavor.

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection is a Nicaraguan puro made with a Rosado-Claro Corojo ’99 wrapper that covers the Corojo ’99 binder and a filler mix of Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99 tobaccos.

The filler also boasts a half leaf of rare medio tiempo, which are small tobacco leaves that occasionally sprout on top of some tobacco plants above the corona priming.

Medio tiempo is prized for its rich flavor and strength.



Available Sizes

  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Belicoso: 6 1/4 x 52
  • Toro: 6 x 52
  • Corona Gorda: 6 x 44
  • Box Count: 20 – Corona Gorda 25




We spoke with Terence Reilly about the project, he told Cigar Smoke “For Signature, the blend is intended both to capture the unique flavor and aroma of Aganorsa Leaf and to highlight our advantages as a vertically integrated company.

The Signature blend is 100% Aganorsa Leaf and includes a half leaf of medio tiempo in the filler. Medio tiempo is a rare leaf that is produced at the top of the plant. The leaves are small and very thick—like alligator skin. In small quantities medio tiempo adds depth and structure to a blend.

Out of 14,000 bales we harvest each year, only 50-80 are medio tiempo.

If we weren’t growing our own tobacco, we couldn’t possibly create a blend that utilizes this rare leaf. If you want to appreciate our tobacco, smoke this blend.”






The Rosado-claro Corojo 99 wrapper is graham cracker in color. At 5 x 52 it’s rolled in the Robusto format with barely visible seam, notable tooth and vein.

The vitola has a rounded triple cap with a wide open foot. Two bands sit on the cigar, in glossy white the main band reads “SIGNATURE” in gold font followed by “Agonorsa” in black cursive with “LEAF” in gold font.

Along the sides read “ESTELI” and “NICARAGUA” in gold font on a glossy white background.

The secondary band reads “SIGNATURE SELECTION” in gold font with two gold tobacco leaves on both sides. The secondary band features Eduardo Fernández’s signature.

Pre-light aroma had notes of cedar, light chocolate and vanilla bean. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, oak and a dried fruit sweetness.







An aroma of mild chocolate and cedar off the toasted foot. Upon initial combustion immediate flavors of rich creamy leather and orange peel.

Once the blend settles in flavors of raw cinnamon, creamy leather and malt. Background flavors of assorted roasted nuts with a hint of salt.

The spicy element is in the form of a distinct leather and a raw cinnamon bite producing a long creamy finish.

Clean white pepper on the retro in the Med-Plus range with an evolving flavor of burnt toffee.




At the halfway point the Agonorsa Leaf Signature Selection is gaining complexity with every draw.

Roasted nuts with a mild salt element and browned toast with creamy butternut.

The spicy element is in the form of a raw leather cinnamon bite with a hint of black pepper.

Decreased white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of toffee for a long clean finish.







In the final duration the vitola is gaining a consistent crescendo of complexity.

Flavors of browned creamy butternut toast, assorted roasted nuts, most notable salted cashews with an appearance of light coffee and mocha.

Background flavors of creamy leather producing a spicy raw cinnamon bite with nuances of black pepper.

The retro has been consistent with white pepper through the nostrils and throat evolving into an extra long clean finish of rich toffee.




• CONSTRUCTION: Solid to the feel and packed with fillers. No cracks, palpable soft spots or blemishes. Solid construction.


• BURN: Straight burn with a thick carbon line. Consistent and continual combustion of all three components throughout the smoking duration.


• ASH: The light gray ash was solid and compact holding an inch plus before tapping off, never falling off.


• CUT: V-cut all three examples for review.


• DRAW: Perfect milkshake type resistance with the a v-cut. Smoke output was abundant.


• RE LIGHTS: Zero required re-lights with a continuous smolder.


• FIRE: Long cedar matches in a controlled indoor involvement.


• STRENGTH: MEDIUM-PLUS to FULL with a compliment of signature Agonorsa and medio Tiempo flavor.




It makes perfect sense why the Aganorsa signature selection suits my palate, most of my regular rotation cigars contain Aganorsa Tobacco.

In edition to the Rosado-Claro Corojo ’99 wrapper, Corojo ’99 binder with fillers consisting of Criollo ’98, Corojo ’99 and a half leaf of rare medio tiempo tobacco.

The result is an upper echelon offering of creamy and nutty complexed flavors producing an extra long balanced finish.





Cigar reviewed: Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Robusto

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 96

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Rosado-Claro Corojo ’99

Binder: Corojo ’99

Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99 

Country of origin: Nicaragua 

Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. Estelí (TABSA)

Production: 500 boxes of each size

News source: Cigar Aficionado 

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
Toar Campbell

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