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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Aganorsa Leaf (formerly Casa Fernandez) Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Orpheus
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: DRuff
94
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 Brew Dog Elvis Juice IPA

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

Just a few veins, Nice dark brown wrapper with a mild sheen, beautiful earthy pre light aroma, almost reminded me of the smell of fall leaves. Straight cut with no issues. Pre light draw was good with a nutty, woody taste.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Really nice smoke volume, first 3rd is burning really eve. Light grey, almost white ash. After the initial light the ash held firm for almost 2 inches, I knocked it off so I didn't end up wearing it. Burn has remained consistent and even. Second 3rd is still burning perfect.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar has a perfect draw. The wrapper was beautiful with a wonderful earthy aroma. The cap was perfect and cut with no issues. Really well constructed cigar, not too firm, not too soft. The construction is just awesome.

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

Med-Med Full strength. Interesting mix of flavors in the beginning. Mild spice along with earthy, woody and nutty flavors. Definite espresso note developing almost immediately. Halfway through first 3rd flavor is developing, espresso flavor has vanished, mostly earthy and woody notes, with some metallic but not unpleasantly so. Second 3rd is noticeably stronger, getting a little sharp but still wonderfully flavorful. Last 3rd is pretty much the same as the second third. Good consistent flavor profile.

Summary

This cigar was extremely well constructed, just perfect. A pleasure to smoke, and needed no relights or touch ups. Strength and flavor were right in my wheelhouse. At mid point I decided to pour a little Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch bourbon and it was an excellent pairing. This cigar is box worthy for sure!

Thanks for letting me participate!



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