Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars Toro

Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars Toro

Cornelius & Anthony
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: USA
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $9.95

Overall Rating: 9.1

In their short time making cigars, Cornelius & Anthony has released some pretty impressive cigars, and received some great ratings here on the site. Their new Señor Esugars, named for owner Stephen Bailey’s pet Dachshund, comes from Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelî and is unlike any other cigar in the Cornelius line. With a mix of pepper and strength, the Señor Esugars is one of those cigars that will impress veteran cigar smokers, and has the hallmarks of a cigar that should age quite well.

Pre-Light: The Señor Esugars Toro is a good looking well constructed cigar. The traditional Cornelius & Anthony band really stands out against the very dark San Andres wrapper. A black secondary band featuring the cigar’s name is not out of place on the Señor Esugars. Dark and earthy, with a few noticeable veins and slight bumps, the Mexican San Andres wrapper is dry and slightly firm to the touch.

An earthy sweetness is noticeable from the cigar’s wrapper. The aroma from the cigar’s foot is a mix of sweet earth, black pepper and raspberry-like fruit. A slightly firm cold draw allows through notes of earth, brown sugar, black pepper and raspberries.

Burn: Although the pre-light draw is a bit on the firm side, the draw quickly loosens up once the cigar is lit. The burn of the Señor Esugars Toro is even from start to finish. A very white ash clings firmly to the cigar as it burns.

Flavor: Initially, there is a very strong bit of pepper on the first few puffs of the Señor Esugars that dies down once the cigar gets going. The first third of the cigar is dominated by a mix of earth, black pepper and wood notes. There’s a subtle sweetness underlying the pepperiness of the Señor Esugars’ flavor profile. On the retrohale there is a lot of white and black pepper with a bit of earthiness behind it. The transition to the second third see the pepper mellow somewhat by the halfway point. Along with pepper and earth, there is a complex woodsiness to the second third of the Señor Esugars. A mix of pine and oak add a unique element to the palette during the second third of the cigar. During the transition to the final third of the cigar there is just the slightest hint of walnut that occurs before disappearing into a blend of sweet earthiness, black pepper and wood notes. There is still a massive amount of pepper through the nose. Towards the end of the last third of the Señor Esugars there is a blend of white, black and crushed red pepper that combine nicely with a sweet earthiness in the background.

Overall: Cornelius & Anthony has had a great partnership with Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory, that has produced some wonderful cigars such as the Daddy Mac and Venganza. While the Señor Esugars is unlike anything else in the Cornelius & Anthony line, it is another great cigar coming from that partnership. With all the pepper to the Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars’ flavor profile, it is not a cigar for the novice cigar smoker. The strength on the Señor Esugars can sneak up on you a bit, but by the end it is a pretty potent cigar. Those veteran cigar enthusiasts who enjoy peppery Nicaraguan cigars will really enjoy the mix of peppers, earth, wood and subtle sweetness that occurs on tongue. Although the cigar is not overly complex, really enjoyed the Señor Esugars and found it is a great cigar for after a big meal. Having tried all the vitolas in the Esugars, they are all good, but the toro stands out a tiny bit more than the rest. This should be a cigar that ages quite well. Once again, Cornelius & Anthony has impressed me with another really good cigar.

Pairing: Due to the strength and pepperiness of the Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars, I find it’s best to avoid any really peaty single malt, but it goes very well with a woodsy Speyside or Highland single malt scotch. Personally, I really enjoy the Dalmore 15 or Balvenie 12 DoubleWood with the Señor Esugars. It’s also the type of cigar that pairs nicely with an good IPA.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)