Originally debuting in 2005, the JFR series by Aganorsa Leaf has long been known as among the best, if not the best values in the realm of premium cigars. The acronymic title breaks down to mean Just For Retailers, as the cigars were first crafted to be sold exclusively at brick and mortar locations across the country. The brand and availability of materials have since grown, now being offered online and at traditional B&Ms.
The cigars are handcrafted at the boutique-minded TABSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, boasting ornate finishing touches such as a closed foot and an eye-catching pigtail cap. But the world-renowned AGANORSA tobaccos are what keeps enthusiasts coming back! While JFR cigars are available in three varieties, each iteration boasts a similar core recipe; this includes all-Nicaraguan leaves grown on the Fernández family's famed farms throughout the country, utilizing Cuban seeds and agricultural practices to offer offer a tremendous level of balance and complexity. The cigars are then finished in one of three wrapper styles, allowing for a wide range of smoking styles for virtually every palate and preference.
The JFR Corojo takes the all-Nicaraguan filler/binder and finalizes the recipe with a choice, Cuban-seed Corojo '99 wrapper leaf. This makes for a medium-bodied profile, showing lightly zesty spices and supreme balance. Expect a classic profile with highlights of cedar, pepper, roasted nuts, and sweet graham cracker.
JFR Maduro cranks the JFR recipe up a notch, showing a medium-plus body through the addition of a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. Aside from the added body, this smoke brings a darker, grittier performance to the table. Flavors range from earth and charred oak, to baker's cocoa, espresso, and black pepper spice.
JFR Connecticut is the most mild of the bunch, showcasing a silky smooth Connecticut Shade wrapper over the JFR's proven all-Nicaraguan core recipe. The profile is mild to medium in intensity, coating the palate with nuanced flavors of sweet cedar, florals, buttered crackers, and loads of cream and honey throughout the cigar's long finish.