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Cigar Review: JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto

JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto




When the JFR line came onto the cigar scene in 2005, it was intended to be sold only in retail shops.

The letters J, F and R stand for Just For Retailers. The JFR Lunatic is an extension of the original JFR line and brought to us by Aganorsa Leaf.

Released in 2014, Lunatic was so named because, according to Aganorsa, “You need to be a little crazy to smoke these cigars.” Some of the cigars in the line are rolled as thick as 80 ring gauge.

Casa Fernandez grows authentic Cuban seed tobacco. Their Aganorsa farms are world famous for growing some of the most Cuban-esque tobacco outside of Cuba.

Aganorsa tobaccos are found in some of today’s highest-rated brands including Illusione, Warped and Viaje.

The JFR Lunatic is packed with a generous helping of Nicaraguan long fillers in both Nicaraguan Habano or Mexican San Andres Maduro wrappers.




We spoke with Terence Reilly of Aganorsa leaf, he told Cigar Smoke “The lunatic Habano provides the crazy combination of incredible flavor and aroma with outstanding value”.

The Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Robusto was our No. 3 cigar on our Top 25 for 2018 with a score of 96! 



Available JFR Lunatic Habano Sizes:

  • Short Robusto: 4 3/4 x 52
  • Short Titan: 4 ¼ x 60 
  • El Chiquito: 4 ¼ x 70 
  • Jackhammer: 8 x 60 
  • Mambo: 8 x 80





The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is light walnut shell in color with tooth, heavy vein and seam.

At 4 3/4 x 52 it’s rolled in the “Short Robusto” format with a covered or unfinished foot and a rounded triple cap.

One simple band sits on the vitola colored in off white and navy blue, it reads “LUNATIC” in straight blue font in the middle in between blue accents, The current release bands switch up the blue circular boarder for reflective silver with a gold sleeve.

The top reads -JFR- the acronym for “Just For Retailers”.

Pre-light aroma had notes of cedar, floral and herbal spice.

The cold draw produced flavors of honey, raw cinnamon and leather spice.







An aroma of woody cedar off the toasted foot. Slight resistance off the covered foot transitioning to wide open after 4-5 draws.

Immediate flavors of woody char and raw walnuts.

Once the blend settles in flavors of warm cinnamon, milk chocolate, whipped butter and creamy leather.

The spicy element is in the form of peppered hazelnut balancing in brilliantly with the aforementioned whipped butter for and extra long creamy leathery and nutty finish.

The retro-hale is producing clean white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel.




In the second half flavors of milk chocolate, rich cedar and floral are up front and on point.

The background profile is producing heavy doses of whipped butter, creamy leather and black peppered hazelnut spice at the level of MEDIUM.

The blend thus far is extremely balanced with a nutty creamy bite.

The retro-hale has been consistent with MED white pepper with a long finish of caramel.




Heading into the final third core flavors of cedar, milk chocolate and floral with an appearance of graham cracker are up front and on point.

The background profile remains creamy with rich whipped butter, peppered hazelnut and roasted nuts balancing in with a creamy leather bite.

The retro has increased to FULL with clean white pepper producing a long consistent finish of caramel.




• CONSTRUCTION: Solid like a tank! Suitable for the golf course, shooting at the gun range or walking the dog. The silky oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper had no inconsistencies, cracks, palpable soft spots or blemishes.


• BURN: Always a straight burn line with consistent combustion of wrapper, binder and filler. A thick circular carbon line was visible on the lighter colored wrapper.


• ASH: The salt and pepper colored ash was thick and circular holding an inch-plus requiring force to tap off.


• CUT: V-cut all examples smoked for relaxation and review.


• DRAW: Heavy resistance off the unfinished foot transitioning into wide open after 4 or 5 draws producing a perfect milkshake type draw.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.


• FIRE: JetLine triple flame torch and long cedar matches when available.


• STRENGTH: MED-PLUS with a myriad of FULL creamy flavors.




I’ve been smoking these like crazy! No pun intended. In my weekly rotation the vitola produced a myriad of whipped peppered butter and hazelnut with a creamy nutty leather finish.

Construction was solid with a complex balance throughout all three smoking stages.

I’m happy to see the cigar getting the accolades it deserves earning the #7 spot on Cigar Aficionados top 25 of the year for 2018.

Box worthy and economical to boot, it pairs brilliantly with morning coffee, evening libations and everything in between.





Cigar reviewed: JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto from Aganorsa Leaf

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: More than a dozen, 3 for standard review

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 4 3/4 x 52 (Short Robusto)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Aganorsa Leaf (Formerly known as TABSA)

Production: Regular Prodiction

News source: Cigar Aficionado

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


Toar Campbell

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