Aganorsa Leaf Cigars is the modernized rendition of what was once Casa Fernandez. The company traces its roots to the late '90s, when Eduardo Fernández—then a newcomer to premium tobacco—sought to enter the cigar market. He started by purchasing premium plots of land - Eduardo was able to secure roughly 168 acres throughout Nicaragua on the cheap, acquiring land as the cigar boom of the '90s came to a close.
With the premium tobacco land acquired, Eduardo then set out to fill his fields and factories with some of the world's most skilled tobacco agronomists - He hired tobacco all-stars from Cuba, stocking his team with experts such as Arsenio Ramos and Jacinto Iglesias.
Over the years, Aganorsa (the name used for Fernández's tobaccos fields, as well as the Aganorsa Leaf cigar brand) has gone from being the new kid on the block—that the industry looked at skeptically—to one of the two largest growers of premium tobacco in Nicaragua. Not only this, but EduardoFernández has steadily maintained and grown a well-equipped stable of cigar factories, with boutique locations in Miami, Jalapa, and Estelí.
Taking all of this into account, Eduardo, along with his son Max, have assembled the perfect storm of vertical integration in the cigar industry, always ensuring that their Aganorsa Leaf brand thrives, by sourcing the very best ingredients and ingenuity. And with the change from the former Casa Fernandez name to the modern Aganorsa Leaf branding, consumers and critics alike have begun to take notice. This became most evident with Cigar Aficionado's ranking of the company's Guardian of the Farm cigar as the No. 8 Cigar of the Year for 2017.
Aganorsa Leaf uses primarily their own tobaccos throughout every cigar in their lineup, making the cigars not only Nicaraguan puros but also Aganorsa puros. This fidelity creates an unmistakable smoking profile that is often compared to the finest selection from Cuba's heyday. Suddenly it becomes quite clear why Aganorsa Leaf cigars are making their way into enthusiasts' humidors at a rapid rate.
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