Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony

Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony

Cornelius & Anthony 
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2″ x 46
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $10.00

Overall Rating: 9.2

The release of the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars was an extremely impressive cigar made at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze. How do they follow that impressive first cigar? By releasing a high quality cigar from one of Estelí’s hottest factories, Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory. Named for owner Steven Bailey’s father Mac, is yet another stellar cigar from the La Zona Factory, and should only cement Cornelius & Anthony as a boutique brand to watch.

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Pre-Light: The Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac has a wonderful look to it. The leathery brown Brazilian wrapper covers the cigar, with few prominent veins and plenty of oil to it. Like I said in the review of the Cornelius, the band and secondary of the Daddy Mac is beautiful and unique. The secondary band features the name of the cigar. All in all, this is a good looking cigar.

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The cigar’s wrapper has a mix of subtle oak and leather scents.There is a sweetness to the aromas coming from unlit foot of the Daddy Mac, including chocolate, cinnamon, dried fruit and spice. Leather, spice, grass and oak come through on the slightly firm cold draw.

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Burn: The Daddy Mac, like nearly everything coming from the La Zona Factory, the draw is perfect. From start to finish, the cigar is pretty even burning. The ash clings firmly to the foot Daddy Mac.

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Flavor: The Daddy Mac begins with a sweet mix of flavors. There is a good deal of leather and spice on the palate in the first third of the Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac. On the retrohale there is a prominent spice that is backed up by leather and oak notes. As the cigar transitions into the second third there is creaminess that joins the existing sweetness of the flavors profile. Just a hint of graham cracker can be detected during the early part of the second third of the cigar. Leather, herbs, cedar, cinnamon and graham cracker are all present during the second third of the cigar. During the transition to the final third of the Daddy Mac there is a creamy coffee note that is reminiscent of a latte. The retrohale remains a pleasing mix of spice and leather. The final third of the cigar sees the creaminess disappear somewhat. Throughout the final third there is a mix of spice, oak, coffee, leather, herbs and earth notes that intermingle in a nice way.

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Overall: For a new company, Cornelius & Anthony is on the right track to become a big favorite with avid cigar enthusiasts. There is just the right mix of sweetness from the Brazilian wrapper and spice from the Nicaraguan filler. While fuller in body than the Cornelius, the Daddy Mac remains medium to medium-full throughout. Of all the sizes the corner gorda and toro seem to be the ones that really allow the blend to shine. Personally, I’m a big fan of most of the stuff coming from La Zona, and Cornelus & Anthony is fast becoming a brand that I can’t get enough of. I can’t wait to see what they do next. The Daddy Mac is definitely a cigar worth trying when you get the chance.

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Pairing: The Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony pairs very well with a good sipping rum. The Zafra 21, Ron Zacapa 23 or Kirk & Sweeney 12 are all excellent choices for pairing with the Daddy Mac. The scotch drinker will find the Balvenie 14 CaribbeanCask is also a great compliment to this cigar.

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On a side note: The packaging for the Daddy Mac is a bit close to the packaging of the Cornelius for my tastes. It can be a bit confusing for consumers who aren’t looking too close at the secondary band. Both cigars are so good that they deserve to recognized separately.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210