Today we will be doing a cigar review of the JFR Lunatic Locos. JFR is a subsidiary (or cigar brand) of Aganorsa Leaf from Nicaragua.
I am looking forward to sharing this cigar with you, as well as the interesting backstory behind the incredible Aganorsa leaf tobacco.
This is a full flavor Perfecto 4 3/4×70 they call a Loco.
First I would like to tell you a little about the Aganorsa Leaf and it’s origins.
The Aganorsa Leaf
In 1998, Eduardo Fernandez went to Nicaragua with a dream: to grow the finest tobacco in the world that captured the very essence of the Cuban cigars of old. To do this, he traveled to Cuba and assembled a world-class team of Cuban agronomists who worked at the highest levels of Cubatobaco, in many cases for over half a century, and brought them to Nicaragua. These men oversaw the production of tobacco during the heyday of Cuban cigars, knew exactly the taste they were famous for, and recognized they could recreate the style and aroma of Cuban leaf using traditional Cuban methods in conjunction with the resources available to them in Nicaragua. The tobacco they cultivated is named Aganorsa Leaf.
(Excerpt borrowed from the website for Aganorsa Leaf)
Their story is fascinating and I will leave it to you to explore the website I linked above to read the whole story. I will also give you a link to a post from Cigar Aficionado about this unique leaf.
What’s Under The Hood
Or Click The Pic!!!
Capote (Binder): Aganorsa, Nicaragua
Tripa (Filler): Aganorsa, Nicaragua
Our strongest cigar to date, Lunatic locos are wrapped in our proprietary Shade Grown Corojo Maduro cover leaf with binder and fillers from Esteli and Jalapa rounding out the potent blend. Available in 3 unique fat perfecto sizes, this cigar is for those who love a full-bodied smoke. Not for the faint of heart!
(A Quote from the above Aganorsa Leaf website)
How’d She Run
Start: 9:00 AM End: 10:09 AM Burn Time: 1:09
Aroma: Earth, Raisin, Chocolate, Spice
Cold Draw: Earth, Raisin, Chocolate, Spice
Construction: Very dark brown, toothy wrapper, tight seams, very thin veins, triple perfecto cap with a curly q and the foot is tapered to about a 1/4″ opening.
Draw: Early on the draw is a little tight, but not unexpected, starting so small. Opens up about a quarter of the way in and remains reasonable throughout.
Burn: Pretty much a jagged burn line that I touched up regularly. Not unusual for this type of cigar and not even annoying, just tending my cigar (I explain late in the video).
Flavor Profile: Starts out strong with notes of earth and spice, shortly hints of chocolate and raisin come in and create a nice essence throughout the stick. The earth is the strongest, but all of them are present continually. This cigar is strong, but I find it to be smooth from start to finish.
Notes: This is a Cubanesque cigar and in such, has a different burn, draw and flavor than most of the sticks we smoke here at Cigar Pals. However, I like this type of cigar occasionally. I wouldn’t smoke these every day, but when I am in the mood for something strong and bold, but yet with some complexity, I can see this as a go to.
My Humble Opinion of the Lunatic Locos
Ok, so maybe it’s not such a humble opinion, but it’s mine and I’m keeping it!
I like this cigar! I like the shape (Reminds me of the cigars Brutus, Popeye’s nemesis nemesis smoked). I like the size, just big enough to start to kick my ass! I like the flavor profile, strong and bold, when I want that, but still complex enough to keep my interest.
I had to tend this cigar, but sometimes that is part of the fun. Most of all, I like their back story and I don’t know why, but sometimes I will become a fan of a certain stick, just because there is something I like about the people who make it.
I hope you have enjoyed this cigar review of the JFR Lunatic Locos and will try one out if you have the chance.
As always, feel free to make comments in the section below and you might also like to check out my new blog Guitars and Cigars.
Oh yeah: I have two posts coming up that you are not gonna want to miss. One is a cigar review of the Southern Draw – Kudzu – Lustrum
The other is for a brand new very limited edition (only 1000 made) cigar by Steve Saka of Dumbarton Tobacco and Trust called the Dondurma that I managed to get my hands on (I am really looking forward to trying these out). You can order some at Secreto Cigar Bar
Till next time: