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8/14/19

Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Belicoso | Cigar Review by Kaplowitz

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Aganorsa Leaf
Signature Selection Belicoso

WRAPPER: Nicaragua Rosado Claro Corojo ’99
BINDER: Nicaragua Corojo ’99
FILLER: Nicaragua Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99

FORMAT: Belicoso (6.25x52)
ORIGIN: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa (TABSA) Nicaragua
STRENGTH: Medium

WEBSITE: www.aganorsaleaf.com

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NOTES:
Both a bit brash and a bit flat. Like a power-lifter with a backache. That's mainly overcome prior to the end of the opening act. The brashness, I mean. Still a pleasant smoke with a proper pepper kick but lacking in wow.

White & black pepper drive the overtones of oak and shortbread cookies. Some cashew bits. Pecan. Don't the Keebler Elves do a thing a la that? Buttery & tingly mouth-feel. Red pepper through the retro-hale. Undertones of coffee, cinnamon, & a salted caramel note. Mellow but also a bit sharp. Some citrus pith hits the finish which is mainly a wood earthiness. Bright. Underbelly is that finish.

I feel as though my opening thoughts are harsh. It's a perfectly fine smoker but is lacking what the French would call "A certain subway fare." Performs well, w/ dings of a slightly curved burn & a bit restricted draw. Ash holds well, cap assemblage stays true as do seams. No hard/soft spots.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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