Cornelius & Anthony has announced the first of what is expected to be a few new releases for the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.
The first of which is called Aerial, a Connecticut-wrapped line from Nicaragua. It uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, an American binder and fillers from Nicaragua. Production is being handled by La Zona Cigar Factory.
Four sizes are being offered at launch. Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) — $8.75, Robusto (5 x 50) — $9.25, Toro (6 x 50) — $9.75, Gordo (6 x 60) — $10.75, IPCPR 2017 begins July 11 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Factory: La Zona
Blender: Erik Espinosa & Steven Bailey
Number of reviewers: 5 – Dave W. (mdwest) John A. (John A.) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Eric (smalls29) David F. (dfafjf
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: August 2017
Contributed by: Cornelius And Anthony Cigars
“A robusto with a light wrapper, slight sheen, good seams, a nice cap, and straight lines, its appealing to the eye. An attractive looking stick. ” –Dave W. (mdwest)
“Aromas of tobacco, leather, sawdust, and a faint red fruit twang from the foot. Cold draw flavors of musty leather are all that are present. ” –John A. (John A.)
“Nuts and wood. These are the immediate flavors upon the first inhale. A very nice start. The smoke has a nice oak aroma. Like an oak bbq.” –Eric (smalls29)
“The first 1/3 of this cigar was stronger than I expected. Good amount of pepper in the retrohale. Strong medium body with a lot of smoke output. Notes of nuts with a slight creamy aspect building. ” –David F. (dfafjf
“The oak aroma has led to a wonderful oak aged whiskey after taste. The nuts and wood, especially oak are there but right now I am enjoying the whiskey flavor. Like a whiskey that has been aged in an oak barrel.” –Eric (smalls29)
“As you continue to smoke the cigar calms even further. With present notes being oaky creamy. This is a morning smoke with the first thirds purpose being to wake your ass up.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“The last third keeps the profile of light leather, ground peanuts, and tobacco with spice on the retrohale. Toward the end the same profile intensified in flavor. A delightful end to a mild smoke. ” –John A. (John A.)
“While the cigar isn’t building in strength by the final 1/3 the creamy nutty favors are still shining through. Retrohale is nice and smooth with little spice present. ” –David F. (dfafjf
“I prefer a more open draw and this cigar was perfect. Very nice draw. ” –David F. (dfafjf
“Nice and smooth. A chimney was held until the half way point when the ash fell away.” –Eric (smalls29)
” Expertly rolled, no issues. ” –John A. (John A.)
Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 91
“Overall this cigar provided a very pleasant smoking experience. I’d gladly smoke this one again if given the opportunity. ” –Dave W. (mdwest)
“I enjoyed this cigar very much even though it hit it’s climax of complexity on the second half. It would be a great morning smoke to get your day started before you get into heavier flavor profile smokes and benefited to having no bitterness at the end like some mild sticks. I appreciated the peanut buttery smoothness and great burn/ construction as well. This would definitely be a light smoke staple in my humidor.” –John A. (John A.)
“This was a very enjoyable smoke. The combinations of flavors was quite suprising, and the difference in strength was an added bonus. I think the hard pack made this cigar last a good long while more than i had anticipated it burned very slow.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)
“Even though the wonderful oak wood and nut flavors waned in the end, his was still a nice cigar. As I began to enjoy the aroma of an oak fire, the flavor of an aged whiskey in an oak barrel came out and made this an even better cigar. I am sad that it did not last through the and. All in all this was a nice experience.” –Eric (smalls29)
“While this was not a very complex cigar, I enjoyed the creamy nutty flavors that built up throughout the smoke. ” –David F. (dfafjf
Smoking Time (in minutes): 66
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