Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Meridian RobustoCigar Info

At the 2016 IPCPR , Cornelius and Anthony showed off a reblended version of the line. It features artwork that falls in with the nostalgic branding the company has taken with its Cornelius and Daddy Mac lines. uses an Ecuadorian wrapper and Ecuadorian binder. Today we are reviewing the  | .

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.

After taking longer than expected, in January 2017 the made it to the market. was a cigar that originally was showcased by at the 2015 IPCPR . The original cigar was going to be made at PDR Cigars for . While there was a soft-launch, stopped the project before full distribution. A decision was made to re-do the blend and shift production to ’s factory in Estelí, . The new version of the would make it’s re-release at the 2016 IPCPR .

The Bailey family has been growing tobacco for over 150 years. The name is derived from Cornelius Bailey, ’s great-great-grandfather and the first member of the Bailey family to farm tobacco. It is also derived from ’s middle name which is Anthony. While has been on the premium cigar market scene for a few years, 2016 was a year where the company restructured its portfolio with four lines. Three of these lines (, Venganza, and Daddy Mac) are being produced at . The fourth line, Cornelius, is being produced in the United States at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Little Havana.

The blend for the consists of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos covered by a wrapper from Ecuador. The is available in four vitolas in 20-count boxes. Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46, : 5 x 50, Toro: 6 x 50, Gordo: 6 x 60.

Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Meridian RobustoVital Stats:

Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Filler: ,
Blender: &
Number of reviewers: 5 W. (mdwest) (The Nothing) (irratebass) (Bushboy) (smalls29)
Price: $9.00
Age: 5 Months
Release Date: January 2017
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Blind Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony | Meridian RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“Milk chocolate wrapper with a noticeable sheen. Medium sized veins that add a touch of contour to the profile. Slight give when squeezed, but consistent firmness throughout.” – (Bushboy)

Aroma: 89

“The aroma has a barnyard smell. A mixture of soils, harvested crops and animals. A nice smell of the country to me.” – (smalls29)

First Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Mostly getting tobacco flavor, no sweetness or anything, just tobacco with some milk elements. Has a nice long finish, and on the retro I get that mustiness.” – (irratebass)

“While not a flashy beginning to this cigar, it has nice flavors of woods and spices. To me this is a nice outdoor, woodsy cigar. Nice flavors of cedar and oak with hints of spices and some pepper in the background.” – (smalls29)

Second Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Savory spices intensify in the second third, especially peppercorn, becoming full bodied. Partly through the second the toasted wheat bread made a turn to a toasted graham cracker–if you’ve ever made smores on a grill, you’ll recognize it. There was nothing soft about the first third, and the second third was still able to pick it up a notch.” – (The Nothing)

“Creamy nutty nougat. Draw is still very loose which is not a negative point. Smoke doesn’t have the chance to be harsh because it is mixing with a bounty of air flow. Flavors are pleasant, although muted due to the draw. Very nice burn line and zero construction flaws to this point.” – (Bushboy)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Still no change in the flavor profile, but thats not really a problem. You can get away with that in a sized stick with me. I enjoyed the bold bread and nutmeg notes and am glad they didnt go away during the smoke.” – W. (mdwest)

“Not much change in the flavors. Still maintaining a nice woody, camp fire flavor. Not much complexity but a nice steady smoke. The plus to this one is a wonderufl smelling smoke.” – (smalls29)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 90

“The cigar had a perfect draw, even with a shallow V-cut.” – (The Nothing)

Burn: 92

“Very good combustion with consistent burn and a nice straight line produced from beginning to end.” – W. (mdwest)

Construction: 88

“Slight problems in the final third, although overall construction was pretty damn good.” – (Bushboy)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 90

“Overall a great cigar. Not pretty, but well balanced, and with flavors that are right in my personal wheelhouse. I will definitely be buying some of these after the reveal, no matter the price point.” – W. (mdwest)

“Dinner was done and the air was finally starting to cool when I went out to give this cigar a try. I was blown away initially by the huge flavors this cigar produced and I couldn’t have been luckier to have waited until early evening to smoke the cigar. It is quite intense, and I’m sure a lot of people would call it harsh. I couldn’t imagine smoking this earlier in the day.” – (The Nothing)

“The flavors that I was getting out of this cigar were pretty one dimensional at best, I was hoping there would be transitions, but sadly it didn’t happen.” – (irratebass)

“I would have preferred a bit more flavor and transition, however the overall experience was pretty good. Not a bad smoke, but I probably wouldn’t recommend this one to my buddies. Wouldn’t mind trying another if the price is right, but did not have the wow factor.” – (Bushboy)

“Overall I consider this a nice smoke. Not much complexity but a nice flavors of wood, cedars, campfire and a bit of bbq steak. The flavors were consistent. The overall flavors remained nicely balance throughout. The tastes and smells reminded me of sitting by a campfire in the mountains while enjoy a good steak. This would pair well with a nice IPA or other similar beers.” – (smalls29)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 64

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Blind Cigar Review: |

Overall Score – 90 – Very Good

  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 89% 89%
  • First Third 91% 91%
  • Second Third 91% 91%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 90% 90%
  • Burn 92% 92%
  • Construction 88% 88%
  • Overall Experience 90% 90%