Guardian of the Farm JJ Cigar Review
On the December 7th episode of The Cigar Authority we smoked Guardian of the Farm which was part of the care package for December. The cigar was developed as a collaboration between Max Fernandez of Aganorsa Leaf and Kyle Gellis of Warped cigars and each size of the line was named after one of the American Bulldogs that guard the factory and fields in Nicaragua.
Due to limitations in availability some members of the Care Package received a different size but today we feature the size that was prominently received by our members.
Cigar Review: Guardian of the Farm
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo
Ring Gauge: 50
Size: JJ (Robusto)
The Look: The Guardian of the Farm JJ is packaged in cabinet style boxes of 25. The cigar have a flawless wrapper with a black and gold band with the image of a bulldog. The foot of the cigar is closed and in the hand the cigar is firm with no voids of tobacco and a nice weight.
The Notes: The cold draw has a plum like sweetness that almost borders on prunes. In addition to the sweetness there is an almond note present along with a subtle pepper on the nose off the foot. With a closed foot I opt to light the cigar and pull on it as the same time to experience the closed foot which offers up nuttiness and a lot of white pepper on the retrohale.
As we smoke the first this there are notes of cashews and plums while the resting aroma of the cigar serves up white pepper that is intensified on the retrohale of the cigar. It’s been about a year since I picked up this cigar, and Ive forgotten how loaded it is with pepper.
Moving into the second third the nuttiness becomes sweeter channeling the almonds of the cold draw. As the pepper aroma and retrohale tone down massively in the second third a caramel sweetness begins to develop that is mouthwatering. The sweetness lingers on the finish of the cigar while the retrohale serves up some additional nuttiness.
Moving into the final third noted of cedar begin to develop along side a continued caramel sweetness. At the point we remove the band the cedar notes become dominant as notes of almonds appear on the finish fo the cigar. The resting smoke of the cigar is loaded with pepper that is once again enhanced on the retrohale.
The Finish: The Guardian of the Farm provides a classic Nicaragua experience with spice and sweetness. The difference between the original blend and the latter released Nightwatch are a complete 180 from each other. While there are other cigars under the Aganorsa Leaf portfolio including the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut.