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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Aganorsa Leaf (formerly Casa Fernandez) Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Orpheus
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brlesq (Brlesq)
75
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

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar had a dark, shiny wrapper with minimal veins, smooth to touch. The nice triple cap was easy to clip. Aroma was sweet. Cold draw reminded me of raisins and sweet tobacco. Double banded with the GOF logo and the name of the series.

Light & Burn: 5 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar had some issues in this category. When it was burning properly, the cigar had a nice draw for a Lonsdale. But it burned unevenly and continually went out if I set it down for more than a minute. I found myself constantly relighting it or taking many extra draws to keep it lit. Because of the constant relights, I never had a chance to see how long the ash might hang on. Smoke volume was light unless I took 4-5 good, hard draws. This caused it to burn a bit hot.

Construction: 20 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar seemed to be solidly rolled and firmly packed with no soft spots.  Sports a nice triple cap. As previously noted the draw was good for a Lonsdale, but the continued need to draw to keep it lit caused it to burn hot and affected the flavor and enjoyment of the cigar experience. I had to deduct points on construction due to the burn issues only.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

Upon lighting, the cigar opened up with flavors of hazelnut and white pepper. The first third continued with these notes, as well some charred oak notes. At this point it was medium bodied and medium-full in strength.

The second third developed some black coffee characteristics, slightly sweet, and the white pepper and charred oak continued.  The hazelnut flavor phased out. It was still medium bodied, but now only medium in strength.

The final third became earthier and the earlier flavors continued. I’m sure it would have more distinct flavor notes but the hot burn was muting them. It ended medium in body and strength.


Summary

Aganorsa Leaf produced this cigar on its own this year, and it is totally different than the Guardian of the Farm release that they partnered with Warped to do last year. Lonsdales are one of my favorite, go-to sizes, and the flavors I enjoy seemed to be there in this cigar. Unfortunately the cigar kept going out when resting, and the constant need relight was detracting from the overall enjoyment I believe that I would have had with this cigar.   Hopefully the burn issues will rectify themselves after these cigars have some time to rest, maybe 6 or 12 months. (Our sample was smoked within a week or two of being released in order to make the review deadline.) I’ll be giving it another try then. A big thanks to David (Deener27) for giving me a chance to try this new release!



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