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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Aganorsa Leaf (formerly Casa Fernandez) Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Orpheus
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: The Herfcast (bstessl)
90
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: 18 Points of 10 Possible

A light oil sheen with smooth veins that give this cigar a beautiful appearance.  It cut well and the cap held throughout the entire smoke.  The cigar was firm with a little bit of give.  The aroma was a bit of peppery barnyard.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The ash was a little flaky and didnt hold too long falling after about 3/4 inch, white with a little bit of grey.  Plenty of smoke and the burn was slightly wavy, but burned well and had no relights or corrections.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was extremely well done.  As I mentioned earlier, the cap held strong throughout the smoke and there were no problems with performance.  The draw was steady and just right in my opinion.  No swelling, cracking or any other issues.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

I enjoyed this cigar, but it did seem like it was on the "young" side.  The first third had a heavy wood flavor up front with pepper in the background that faded a bit but remained in the retrohale.  The second third gave way to a tea flavor ahead of the wood which turned to more of a pine wood taste with a little pepper remaining in the retro.  It finished with an espresso taste to it.  I would say that strength was about a Medium-Full.

Summary

Thanks to Dave for sponsoring this months GC.  An overall enjoyable smoke that I think will only get better with a couple of months on it.  It burned well and smoked really good.  I will definitely revisit this in the future.



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