Earlier this year Aganorsa Leaf announced the return of the Aganorsa Leaf Habano which was formerly known as Tabsa Habano. The cigar was rebranded to fit with the existing Aganorsa line including the Cigar of the Year Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut. The cigar has begun appearing on retail shelves including 2GuysCigars.com and today we offer our review of the Short Churchill.
Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Habano
Filler: Nicaragua (Criollo ’98, Corojo ’99)
Ring Gauge: 48
Size: Short Churchill
The Look: The Agnorsa Leaf Habano comes packaged in consumer friendly 15 count boxes. Inside the Habano wrapper is oily with a network of thin veins. The cigar features two bands with the primary being the Aganorsa band of cream, red, black and gold. The secondary band which is black and gold denotes the wrapper, in this case Habano. In the hand the cigar is firm with no voids of tobacco and a well packed foot.
The Notes: Once we clip the cap of the cold draw offers up notes of caraway seeds with a touch of licorice. The aroma off the foot has some pepper notes with a hint of molasses. After we toast the foot the first couple of pulls provides a toasted rye taste. Moving into the first third of the cigar notes of toasted rye remain with hints of walnut and pepper on the finish. The pepper notes are intensified on the retohale which also offers up a slightly citric component.
Moving into the second third the notes of pepper become dominant with a continued subtle citrusin the background. There is still a subtle hint of walnut present as well with a bit of a Turkish coffee finish. The retrohale is white pepper that awakens the nose and waters the eyes, but there is also a hint of floral aroma that also shows up on the finish.
The last third sees a subtle clove develop with a honey sweetness that comes and goes. The white pepper notes are dominant with a subtle lemon rind and a touch of Turkish coffee. The white pepper remains a powerhouse on the retrohale and the Aganorsa Leaf Habanao has a long finish.
The Finish: The Habano version of Aganorsa Leaf provides a spicy kick with classic Nicaraguan feel to it. While many people look at Maduro as a stronger cigar, that isn’t always the case and the Habano might be the strongest Aganorsa Leaf of them all. The perceived strength is high on this one, and the cigar provides a full-bodied experience at a great price that makes it box worthy.
Price: $7.79 / $102.99