Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac RobustoCigar Info

Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars is happy to release their second line, Daddy Mac. Daddy Mac is a tribute to Steven Bailey’s father Mac Bailey. Daddy Mac is produced at the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The line will be initially released in 4 sizes and presented in boxes of 20.

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 Daddy Mac has a Brazilian wrapper and Ecuadorian binder that are complemented by Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The blend is medium-to-full bodied with a layered complexity of sweetness and spice that dances on the palate. This beautifully crafted blend has a superior balance of flavor. Owned by the Bailey family, Cornelius & Anthony is steeped in tobacco tradition. The family’s rich history in tobacco dates back 5 generations. For 150 years, the Bailey family has passionately cared for the land they cultivate in Keysville, Virginia. It comes in 4 sizes, Gordo 6 x 60 Toro 6 x 50 Robusto 5 x 50 Corona Gorda 5.5 x 46.

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac RobustoVital Stats:

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: La Zona
Blender: Undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 4Alan (Eulogy) Jeff (ExpendableYouth) Eric (smalls29) Derek (StogieNinja)
Price: $9.00
Age: 2 Months
Release Date: July 2016
Contributed by: Cornelius & Anthony

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“There’s a nice medium-brown wrapper that is smooth and slightly oily to the touch. A well applied triple cap, tightly rolled seams, and the cigar itself is firm to the touch give it an overall well made appearance.” -Alan (Eulogy)

Aroma: 90

“Leather and a hint of cocoa powder, with some hay from the foot.” -Derek (StogieNinja)

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto First Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The cigar begins with an oaky-cedar note intermingled with a strong tobacco, and finishes with a subtle but creeping pepper. The core flavors are bright at first and fade out as the pepper washes over the tongue. The draw and smoke output are both consistent and voluminous. It is not a particularly complex smoke, but the flavor profile that is present is crisp and well blended.” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“Notes of espresso and leather, with rich baking chocolate to start. Some woody undertones as well, a very full first puff! Pepper hits hard after the first draw, and leaves my mouth tingling. Very dry on the palate, making my mouth water. An excellent, full-flavored start! At the inch mark, the pepper calms down, and I’m getting all of the previous flavors, along with hints of charred steak, mint, root beer, rich earth, and moss. It sounds a little strange, but it’s very good.” -Derek (StogieNinja)

Second Third

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The pepper has died down considerably from the first third. This is letting the rich tobacco notes to come through much cleaner compared to the first third and I’m able to also detect notes of cedar. There is still a somewhat strong pepper finish, but it isn’t drowning everything out like in the first third.” -Alan (Eulogy)

“As I move into the second third I am not detecting any changes in flavors. There are still wonderful flavors of burnt toast, woody and grass flavors. The blends of these flavors are very well balanced and none of them trying to overpower the other. A nice medium flavored cigar for a cool morning at the beach with a cup of coffee.” -Eric (smalls29)

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“I am enjoying the nice continuity of this cigar. I love how the flavors are staying balance and not trying to outdo the others. I like how the flavors of burnt toast, wood and grass have remained. While not a complex cigar in the way of flavors, it is enjoyable and soon to be gone.” -Eric (smalls29)

“Excellent all the way down to the nub, full of everything I could ask for. Leather, dry wood, cedar, baking chocolate, rich soil, baking spices, nuts, and that edgy subtle flavor I described before as a combination of charred meat, mint, root beer, and moss. It’s all there, and it’s really good.” -Derek (StogieNinja)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 96

“Just about perfect draw and good smoke output.” -Alan (Eulogy)

Burn: 93

“Combustion is great, burn line is razor sharp, and the smoke output is stellar.” -Derek (StogieNinja)

Construction: 95

“There were no construction issues to speak of and it performed flawlessly/” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Overall Experience: 91

“The flavors were nothing special with notes of wood, tobacco, and pepper. The ending did leave a bit to be desired because it did become rather bitter at the end.” -Alan (Eulogy)

“This was an alright smoke .It didn’t wow me, but it wasn’t bad. It kind of fell flat in the flavor department for me, and the pepper was a bit to aggressive for me at times. I would pass on it.” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

“As I have noted in each third, the flavors were well balanced. I enjoyed the combination of woody, grassy flavors with the burnt toast added in. It also had a nice coffee flavor. In my opinion, these coffee flavor was the result of the combination of all the flavors. To top it off, the 65 minute smoke time added to the enjoyment. This is a cigar that could be enjoyed with a nice cup of coffee while sitting at the beach. As a matter of fact, that is how I enjoyed this cigar. Sitting at the beach and enjoying a cup of coffee with it. Definitely a cigar that would go nice in the humidor.” -Eric (smalls29)

“This one blew me away. Based on appearance and prelight aroma, I was expecting a decent experience, but this exceeded that expectation. A full-bodied, complex experience I hope to experience again soon!” -Derek (StogieNinja)


Smoking Time (in minutes): 97


Alan Eulogy) 90 90 90 92 88 95 90 93 88
Jeff ExpendableYouth) 90 90 88 88 88 88 88 88 85
Eric smalls29) 90 90 90 90 90 95 95 95 95
Derek StogieNinja) 90 92 92 97 95 97 100 97 97

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Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Daddy Mac Robusto
First Third
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Overall Experience
Total Score - Excellent