Cigar Review: Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars

Cigar Review: Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars

Cornelius & Anthony 
Country: USA (Miami)
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Special Reserve)
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2”
Strength: medium
Price: $13.50

Overall Rating: 9.4

The Bailey Family, which has been growing tobacco in Virginia for 150 years, has expanded their portfolio to include the premium cigar brand Cornelius & Anthony. Brand owner Steven Bailey has named their new release after his grandfather Cornelius Bailey, who ran the family’s first tobacco business back in 1866. The Cornelius is being produced at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze Factory, and like other cigars coming from the factory is a well constructed complex cigar that is sure to be a hit with avid cigar enthusiasts.

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Pre-Light: There is a wonderful nostalgic quality to the cigar’s bluish grey, white and gold that has a turn of the century appearance. Having recently returned from Disney World, I can’t help but think of Main Street at the Magic Kingdom when looking at the band. It is hard to imagine why someone has not done something in that style before. A khaki colored Ecuadorian Habano wrapper really stand out again the band. Like everything from El Titan de Bronze factory, the Cornelius is a beautifully constructed cigar.

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Hay, oak and nut aromas can all be detected from the Cornelius’ Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The unlit foot of the cigar has a strong nutty scent with background floral and oak notes. The pre-light draw is quite easy and allows through flavors of nuts, grass and something vegetable that is similar to raw carrots.

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Burn: The burn on the Cornelius Corona Gorda is mostly even throughout. On one of the three smoke smoked for this review there was a bit of canoeing toward the end. An excellent draw allows through a good deal of smoke. The ash clings firmly to the foot of the Cornelius.

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Flavor: The Cornelius Corona Gorda immediately begins with sweet wood and subtle cherry flavor. There is a lot going on in the flavor profile, even early in the cigar. There are hints of nuts, oak, cherries, cinnamon, hay and leather all in the first third of the cigar. As the cigar begins to burn into the second third there is a nuttiness that begins to come to the foreground while oak, cedar, nutmeg and leather occur in the background of the flavor profile. On the retrohale there is an interplay of nut, oak and leather note with just the slightest hint of spice. Early in the second third of the cigar there is a very mild pepper that joins oak, nut, charcoal, and hay notes. During the transition to the final third of the cigar there is a slight increase in the mild pepper and spice notes, while the earlier cherry flavor has made a return to join oak, charcoal and leather. At this point there is a mix of leather, charcoal, oak and floral notes to the retrohale of the Cornelius Corona Gorda. The last cigar is just as complex and flavorful as the rest of the cigar with oak, spice, cherry, white pepper, leather, grass and nuts all making an appearance. The Cornelius finishes with white pepper and spice taking over the final few puffs of the cigar.

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Overall: At Toasted Foot we pride ourselves on finding exceptional boutique cigars that our readers may not have heard of, and the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony definitely fits the bill. El Titan de Bronze has made some great cigars over the years like the La Paulina Goldie, Warped La Colmena and Chinnock Terroir, and the Cornelius is up there with the best cigars that they’ve produced. Seriously, it’s that good a cigar! The Cornelius is such a complex and flavorful medium bodied cigar that it is extremely hard to put down. It’s one of those cigars with something for everyone. Medium bodied cigar enthusiasts will find it right up their ally, while those who smoke fuller bodied fare will not be disappointed. The Cornelius is bound to be a favorite of avid cigar enthusiasts. Personally, the second this cigar arrives at my local cigar shop I will be adding a box to my cigar locker at Stogies World Class Cigars.

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Pairing: The Cornelius is a great cigar to pair with a glass of red wine, especially a full bodied Cabernet or Meritage. The scotch drinker will find the Glenmorangie Lasanta or Balvenie 21 PortWood to be excellent pairing choice. A premium Cognac such as those from Camus will also pair nicely with the Cornelius.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars. Although their generosity is greatly appreciated it does not effect the overall rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.