You probably have never heard of Casa Fernandez or their other name Tabacalera Tropical, but you probably have heard who they grow tobacco for. Casa Fernandez grows the tobacco for Padilla Cigars, Illusione Cigars, and Alec Bradley Cigars. If that list doesn't impress you, they also grew tobacco for Don Pepin and Tatuaje Cigars a few years back. Besides growing tobacco for other manufacturer's, they have many of their own lines as well. Although they are not a large cigar manufacturer, they make incredible smokes and are very well made.
The Aganorsa line is an extension of the regular Casa Fernandez lines and features Corojo '06 and Criollo '98 tobacco. The tobacco all comes from the three main growing regions of Nicaragua, Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa. Looking at the second band, you see the Aganorsa title. This name comes from their manufacturing side of the company, Agricola Norteña S.A.
Looking at this cigar, I can't see anything wrong with it. The box press torpedo had a beautiful dark brown wrapper and a wonderful aroma at cold of chocolate and freshly tilled soil. One I cut the head and took an initial puff the draw is easy and tastes of nuts, wood, and chocolate. When you start the cigar, you are greeted by a mild spice flavor with some wood and a hint of sweetness on the finish. The cigar is a solid medium full in terms of strength, and leaves a nice solid gray ash producing a great amount of smoke. Throughout the first third, the flavors remained constant with some minor burn issues. Definitely an enjoyable cigar, I am looking forward to the next third.
When the second third began I soon get some notes of nuts, chocolates, and roasted coffee. The spice remained constant, slightly stronger, but pleasant throughout again, and I encountered no burn problems in this third. The flavors are definitely rich and pronounced, and this is a type of cigar that I prefer everyday. As I said earlier, the cigar shows a great burn line in the second third, and it holds on to the ash perfectly. The coloring is that of dark gray, and it produces a great amount of smoke that is perfect for smoke rings. The cigar has increased into a medium full category in this third, and it is definitely getting better with every puff.
As I approached the final third, the cigar becomes more and more complex, taking on all the flavors of the first third and second third. Those notes of roasted coffee, cocoa, nuts dark spices, wood and rich earth are pronounced and enjoyable. The burn line is razor sharp in the final third, and the smoke is still thick and aromatic. I am getting some great smoke rings right after another, and as I smoke the cigar down to the nub it is still cool and rich. The cigar ends with a nice medium full strength level, and I immediately light up a second cigar.
As I look back on this cigar, I am in blown away, and there is a long list of reasons why this is a great cigar. To begin with, the tobacco they use is great. All the tobacco is perfectly fermented, and very flavorful as well. When you move onto construction, the cigar is great and besides a couple of slight burn issues throughout, it burned very well. The last and least important factor is the price, this cigar is a deal! For roughly $6 a smoke, you are getting a high quality smoke that is perfect for anytime. I give this cigar a 91. I really love all the cigars that are being made by Casa Fernandez, and they are really an underrated and overlooked cigar brand. Besides making a ton of great cigars for many famous manufacturers, they are making great cigars bearing their own name. Check this company out!