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Cigar Review: Guardian of the Farm Claude Le Chien

Guardian of the Farm Claude Le Chien

 

 

 

A limited edition to the Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm series named after Andrew Considine’s very own French Bulldog.

The Claude Le Chien is a box-pressed 4 ½ x 48 Nicaraguan puro with a closed foot.

To highlight the sweet, playful character of Claude Le Chien, a Corojo Rosado wrapper was chosen to accentuate the Corojo ’99 binder over Criollo ’98 and Corona ’99 filler tobaccos.

This wrapper selection provides a decidedly stronger body without overpowering the smooth, pleasant flavors that we still cherish from the original blend.

Andrew and Max Fernandez have wanted to celebrate their friendship for years and found their mutual love for Bulldogs to be the perfect inspiration for this meaningful collaboration.

Only 200 boxes of GOTF Claude Le Chien were produced.

 

Small Batch Cigar 

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

The Nicaraguan Corojo Rosado was the color of milk chocolate and a reddish hue with a mottled marbleized appearance in direct sunlight.

At 4 1/2 x 48 it’s box-pressed with visible seam, tooth and vein.

The Claude Le Chien had a covered square foot with a semi-rounded triple cap.

The primary band is glossy black with a gold dog reading “GUARDIAN OF THE FARM” the sides read “NICARAGUA” and “AGANORSA” in gold font with gold accents.

The secondary band represents Claude a Blue French Bulldog and was created with the French artistic style in mind.

The dog has a crown on it’s head representing the dogs stubborn nature.

The band is ornate blue and gold with “CLAIDE LE CHIEN” in white font on a blue background.

Pre-light aroma has notes of mild cedar, earth and heavy barnyard.

The cold draw produced flavors of roasted caramelized malt, mild leather spice and vegetal.

 

 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

 

An aroma of wood and chocolate off the toasted foot.

Immediate flavors of raw walnuts and bitter leather.

The blend settles in with continued vegetal from the cold draw, cedar char, oily walnuts and creamy leather.

The background is leathery and nutty with peppered leather on the palate.

A FULL sting through the nose on the retro-hale of white pepper with a finish of peppered hazelnut.

 

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

 

In the second half glazed almonds produce sweet nuances to the blend.

Vegetal flavors blend in with roasted nuts and creamy peppered leather on the palate hitting the throat.

The background remains nutty and leathery keeping par with the core flavors.

The retro-hale has decreased slightly losing the intensity it had at first light transitioning to MED-PLUS with continued white pepper evolving into sweet flavors of burnt toffee and caramel.

 

  • FINAL THIRD

 

In the final third glazed almonds produce a sweet roasted nutty profile with vegetal and creamy peppered leather.

The background remains predominantly leathery as a bit of cedar char and earth appear with continuous re-lights.

The spicy element is producing distinct leather bite attributed to the frequency of re-lights and combustion issues as the vitola burns extremely hot.

I’ve discontinued the retro-hale due to the aforementioned issues.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

• CONSTRUCTION: The box-press vitola was firmly packed with no palpable soft spots, cracks or blemishes.

 

• BURN: The Claude Le Chen had serious combustion issues on all three examples smoked for review always appearing in the second half. The cigar never sat for any unusually long periods of time and never stayed lit. The continuous re-lights and poor combustion made the vitola burn hot and most certainly effected the flavor profile from the second half on. The issue was persistent on all three examples smoked for review.

 

• ASH: The dark-grey ash was semi-square but never held any length of time due to constant re-lights.

 

• CUT: V-Cut.

 

• DRAW: Open.

 

• RE-LIGHTS: Several re-lights were required on all examples. The cigars were stored in a controlled environment for 2 weeks at consistent humidity. The cigar never reached a point of continual combustion.

 

• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.

 

• STRENGTH: MED bodied.

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

In the first half the GOTF Claude Le Chien produces some straight forward identifiable flavors when the vitola stayed lit, unfortunately the combustion issues that plagued all three examples ruined the experience due to constant re-lights.

In doing so, it made the cigar burn hotter than normal while it fought to maintain consistent combustion.

One example I can chalk up to possibly the odd one of the bunch, but as reported the issue was a persistent problem on all three cigars.

I purchased a five pack of the exclusive cigars from Small Batch, with two examples left I’ll re-visit in the future, as for now I’m pretty much over it.

 

 

 

 


Cigar reviewed: Guardian of the Farm Claude Le Chien (Small Batch Cigar Exclusive)

Cigars for review: Purchased (5-pack)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 72

Size: 4 1/2 x 48 (Box-Press)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99

Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo 99, Corojo 99

Country of origin: Nicaragua

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

Production: 200 Boxes (5,000 Cigars Total)

Box count: 25

Information source: Small Batch Cigar

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 cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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