Aganorsa Leaf showcased a new addition to their popular Just For Retailers (JFR) Lunatic Habano line at this years Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE). The addition was named the JFR Lunatic Hombre Libre. The new addition is offered in a (6.25 x 54) toro vitola with an MSRP set at $8.39/cigar. They come packaged in 28-count boxes.
Terence Reilly of Aganorsa Leaf noted:
“Toro is overall the most popular vitola and so it made sense to create one for our most popular brand.”
The blend of the JFR Lunatic Hombre Libre is described by the company as:
- Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder – Nicaraguan
- Filler – Nicaraguan
For this review, I sampled one of these cigars which I received from the company for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press.
The JFR Lunatic Hombre Libre is a beautifully constructed and stunningly packaged cigar with its bright outer gold sleeve that was easy to remove revealing a dark tan slightly oily cigar. the wrapper has a mild grit (tooth) to it. The barrel exhibited no signs of soft spots and the cigar seemed well packed from head to foot. There are just a few veins running through the wrapper. An expertly applied triple cap and a closed foot finishes the presentation.
As noted, this beautiful offering from Aganorsa Leaf is adorned well and certainly would draw your attention to it in a shops humidor with its bright golden sleeve. There are also two – blue, white, and silver – bands that add to the marketing. The primary band proudly displays JFR Lunatic brand mark and the secondary band declares this as the Hombre Libre. For those that may not know, the phrase “Hombre Libre” translates into “Free Man” in English.
As I ran the Hombre Libre along the nose, my sniff sensor detected inviting floral and spice notes along the barrel and even more enticing cocoa and nut aromas off the foot. I do like the start of this for sure.
Once I sliced the well applied cap across the shoulder of the cigar, I gave it some cold draw puffs to see what was next. Adding to the already pleasant pre-light, my palate was greeted with notes of nut and black pepper along with a hint of raisin.
With the pre-light very much to my liking, I reached for my double flame torch to warm the foot gently to an even orange glow and drew in the first pepper shot to the nasals and palate. Let’s see what the JFR Lunatic Hombre Libre has to offer as I burn this one to ash.
Cigar Review Notes
- Pepper shot right to the nasals and palate off the first draw
- Floral notes quickly fill in the early profile
- Tad harsh moving through first inch
- White ash forms on top of a medium char line that has a mild wave to it
- Thick creamy smoke fills the palate
- Floral and nut aromas waft off the foot
- The nutty note finds it way to the palate
- Ash fell in a nice chunk revealing a decent burn cone
- Dark chocolate notes begin to evolve in the second third
- Slight off burn develops but given some time it found its way
- Woody notes begin to form deep in the second third
- Increased spice with a pleasant lingering nut takes it down through the final
- Medium to full
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 40 Minutes
The JFR Lunatic Hombre Libre by Aganorsa Leaf offered a balanced and pleasing array of moderately complex flavors throughout the 1 hour and 40 minute journey. The cigar carried a decently long ash before falling revealing a well formed burn cone. I especially enjoyed the dark chocolate and nut that developed midway through. It did have a slight wave and mild off burn that corrected itself. Given the wallet friendly price and pleasant flavor notes this is a box buy and add them to your regular rotation. With it being medium to full in strength, I would enjoy this in the mid-afternoon or in the evening. I rate this a 93.
Point Deductions: (-1) Mild Wave; (-1) Off burn but did not need a touch up
Bonus Points: (+1) Box Buy