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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Aganorsa Leaf (formerly Casa Fernandez) Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Orpheus
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Kid Montana (Kid Montana)
89
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member Deener27 (David).  The cigar provided for this round is the Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Orpheus.

The Hype: The original Guardian of the Farm line was a collaboration with Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars and Max Fernández of Aganorsa Leaf.  However, Nightwatch is a solo project, created by Fernandez alone.

It's an all-Nicaraguan blend said to be “more intense” than its predecessor, and uses only tobaccos grown by Aganorsa. The Corojo binder is from Jalapa while the filler is a mix of Corojo and Criollo tobaccos grown in Estelí and Jalapa. The wrapper is a dark, Corojo maduro wrapper grown under shade tents in Jalapa. According to Aganorsa, the wrapper is a proprietary tobacco.


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
44
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Corojo
Criollo
Binder:
Corojo
Wrapper:
Corojo
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Lonsdale

This cigar was enjoyed with Water, Larceny Bourbon

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

Soft in the hand, faintest of veins, but a slightly lumpy texture.  Good bunching and cap construction made a straight cut easy and clean, zero bits of loose tobacco or cracking.  Very even pre-light draw.  Wrapper is neither oily nor dry, an true maduro with subtle mottling.  It has a very enticing pre-light aroma, earth, well-cured tobacco.

Light & Burn: 8 Points of 15 Possible

Lit easily, first half inch wavy burn, rapidly straightened out then a burn-through spot below the ash line.  Distinct tendency to burn lopsided/down one side, indicating a humidifcation or bunching issue.  After the second ash, noted a spiralling tunnel and through the first 1/3 the cigar required several touch-ups to keep the binder/wrapper lit. moderate smoke production throughout.  Through the middle and last third the burn remained wavey and needed one more touch-up.  Throughout the entire time, the Nightwatch required smoking faster than I'd prefer to keep lit/burning properly.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Beautifully applied triple cap. Slightly closed foot.  Hefty cigar for its size, supple un-fragile wrapper, with no obvious voids or bunching/filling issues apparent by feel.  The two bands came off easily for collecting, and did not damage the wrapper when removed.  Though the wrapper is not as immaculate as some, the cigar looks and feels great.  The draw remained excellent through the end.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

Earthy flavors, wholesome, rich.  Zero sweetness, not over-strong, the cigar took all of the first third for me to understand the flavor.  The middle third is where this cigar really began to shine, as the retrohale was strong but very pleasant and flavorful.  The tobacco is rich and exceptionally enjoyable, with hints of spices and wood.  Fans of this wrapper combination will love this cigar. I am occasionally reminded of a Cuban I once smoked, a San Cristobal de la Habana. The smoke is slightly rough on the back of the throat, but not enough to diminish enjoyment.  In the last third, a bit of caramel creaminess showed up to balance out the spices.

Summary

This was a very enjoyable tasting cigar, though the experience was marred significantly by the burn issues. Because this was smoked with only a few days rest after arriving in the mail, I suspect it will perform better once fully settled for a few weeks.  Total smoke time was just over an hour and I let it go with about 1.5" remaining. The prominent flavors and complexity made it  enjoyable overall.



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