As the year comes to a close and we are getting ready to release our list of the best cigar of 2010 we find ourselves in a rush to get to some cigars that we missed earlier in the year that had a significant buzz to them. One of these cigars is the Casa Fernandez Arganorsa Leaf. In the past the cigars produced by Casa Fernandez aka Tabacalera Tropical were the first Pepin cigars, and recently Alec Bradley. Also our friend Danny at Tobacco Plaza on long island has his Old School Original brand produced at the same factory.
According to the Casa Fernandez website this cigar is blended by Cuban Masters utilizing tobacco from the valleys of Condega, Jalapa and Esteli in Nicaragua from Cuban seed tobacco. The box pressed cigar is available in 3 sizes, Robusto (5 x 52); Toro (6 x 54); and a Torpedo (6.5 x 52).
Cigar: Casa Fernandez Arganorsa Leaf
Size: 5 x 52 (Robusto)
Appearance and Construction: Ah box pressed cigars how I love thee. The Casa Fernandez Arganorsa Leaf has a gorgeous looking wrapper with some variations of color on it and ample amount of oils. The cigar is rolled to perfection and even in the box pressed format finding a “seam” is near impossible. There are some soft spots near the foot but they aren’t too large and shouldn’t be an issue on the burn. There is a dual band system used here with the classic looking Casa Fernandez logo and a secondary one stating Arganorsa Leaf in gold lettering on a black background.
Flavor & Notes: Before I clipped the cap the foot of the cigar was almost meaty to the nose, with some light notes of cocoa and spices thrown in for good measure. After I clipped the cigar the cold draw served up dry cocoa and earth. Once the cigar is lit I was thankful for having a bottle of water with me as the cigar has a slightly drying effect as you smoke it. The initial notes were rich mocha that slowly gave way to cedar, coffee and a touch of spice. The second third of the cigar develops an incredibly well defined caramel note especially through the retro-hale and is joined by a continued coffee and wood note. The final third was a smorgasbord of all things from the past two thirds. There was mocha, wood, coffee and some sweet caramel all wrapped around a spicy finish.
Smoking Characteristics: I picked up 3 of these for the review and the first one I had a hard time keeping lit as it kept tunneling on me as I smoked it right out of the stores humidor. The other 2 I let sit in my box at home for a few days and they burned perfectly with a nice burn line and a sold dark ash. The cigar produced a decent amount of smoke and it had a wonderful aroma especially in the second third when it matched the aroma notes.
Conclusion: While I am not sure if this will make my Top 15 list of 2010 it is definitely worthy of consideration and it was absolutely delicious and worth the price.
Disclaimer: As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.