In a lively exchange of tobacco and banter, the latest episode of “The Cigar Guys Podcast” saw hosts Alex, Jared, Mark, and Zach delve into the aromatic universe of the Aganorsa leaf cigars. Today’s discourse is particularly invigorating as each host savors a different cigar from this illustrious range.
Alex leads the charge with his pick of the day, the Cerebrus Edition of the “Guardian of the Farm” – a popular cigar that ranked among 2017’s best offerings. Markedly different from its predecessor, the Cerebrus Edition is notable for its trident of wolf heads on the wrapper and delivers a taste profile similar to the original. The unique aspect of Alex’s experience was smoking each leaf that constituted the blend of this exquisite cigar individually, a process documented on their TikTok account.
Mark enjoys the “Rare Leaf Reserve,” a special selection from Nicaragua, with a red band that adds to its distinctiveness. His palpable interest in understanding the nuances between different editions of the same cigar is a testament to his dedication as a cigar aficionado.
Meanwhile, Jared relishes the “Anniversario,” previously featured on their podcast. Despite being only two puffs into his experience, he already predicts a satisfactory pairing with whiskey.
A critical aspect of the cigar appreciation process is pairing cigars with suitable beverages. Basil Hayden Toast, a whiskey revered by the hosts, makes a noteworthy appearance in this episode. The toasty profile of this whiskey, characterized by its commonality and availability in select restaurants, augments the experience of enjoying an Aganorsa cigar.
Jared’s idea of tasting individual leaves rolled into cigarillos introduces an educational facet to the traditional smoking process. This exercise allows one to appreciate the singular taste of each leaf and understand its role in the final blend of the cigar. The leaf structure of a cigar can be divided into wrapper, binder, and filler – each contributing to its strength, flavor, and overall profile.
Another conversation that day involved the unique way Alex could taste each leaf of his Guardian of the Farm cigar. Alex had sampled three individual cigarillos; each rolled from one of the leaves found in the blend of his cigar – the Corojo ’98, Corojo ’99, and Jalapa.
Delving deeper into the complexities of the Aganorsa leaf, the hosts discussed each leaf’s individual roles in the final blend of a cigar. They talked about how the stronger, more flavorful leaves are often used as wrappers to contain the blend, while other leaves serve better as fillers. There was an intriguing conversation about how the Corojo and Jalapa leaves brought different notes to the blend, with the Jalapa being spicy and the Corojo bringing forth a salty flavor.
In a contemplative mood, the hosts considered the idea of aging cigars in whiskey, thus merging two of their favorite indulgences. They thought it might be an innovative approach to altering the cigar’s flavor profile. The discussion got even more interesting as they envisioned a live stream Twitch channel, where viewers could watch cigars age in real-time, a novelty in today’s fast-paced world.
Lastly, cigar packaging and branding came up, with the hosts acknowledging the role of attractive labels and branding in enticing customers. They mused about the potential implications of regulation and how that might limit creativity in branding. They stressed the importance of cigars being viewed as an adult hobby, not targeted toward younger audiences.
The session was a captivating and enlightening deep dive into the world of cigars and whiskey, with each host, Alex, Jared, Mark, and Zach, contributing their unique insights and experiences. The depth of the discussion and their shared passion for the topic left listeners with a renewed appreciation for the artistry of creating a great cigar and the complex flavors resulting from a carefully considered blend.
In closing, they invited listeners to connect with them on social media platforms for more in-depth cigar reviews, banter, and plenty of cigar-related memes. They also encouraged listeners to try their cigar and whiskey combinations and share their experiences. It was a fitting end to an episode that was as informative as it was entertaining, a testament to their love for all things cigars and whiskey.
From the opening banter to the thoughtful sign-off, The Cigar Guys’ session on the Aganorsa Leaf and blending cigars proved a delightful listen, leaving their audience eagerly waiting for the next podcast.
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