Aganorsa Leaf is the modernized rendition of what was once Casa Fernandez. The company traces its roots to the late '90s, where Eduardo Fernández—then a newcomer to premium tobacco—sought to enter the cigar market by purchasing premium plots of land and manning the fields with some of the world's most skilled tobacco agronomists.
For the former task, 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. For the latter, Eduardo 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 Fernández has steadily maintained a growing 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, allowing their Aganorsa Leaf brand to thrive from the very best ingredients and ingenuity. And with the change from the former Casa Fernandez name to the modern Aganorsa Leaf, 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, being not only Nicaraguan puros, but Aganorsa puros. This makes for 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 enthusiast's humidors at a rapid rate.