Brand: Cornelius and Anthony
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
CigarNoise Price Range: $11-$14
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Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony – First Thoughts
The first thing I noticed about this cigar is the similarity of appearance with Warped Cigars’ La Colmena, also produced at El Titan de Bronze. It’s a gorgeous cigar with cedar and floral notes drifting off the wrapper and foot. A cold draw is like that of a honeysuckle: faint hints of honey that leave you wanting more and more each time.
I smoked my first Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony a few weeks ago and have been waiting on this moment ever since. I remember warm flavors of honey, bread, and nougat. Let’s dig in and see if it’s as good as the pedestal I’ve placed it on. I’m pairing this one with water today unless otherwise noted.
Steven Bailey, founder of Cornelius and Anthony, was kind enough to answer some interview questions here. Or, here’s a video we just did with Steven:
Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony – First Third
Perfumed Cedar, Bread, Nuts, Caramel, Pepper, Croissant, Wood, Honey, Cocoa Powder Nougat, Paprika, Graham Cracker, Cream
Lately, I’ve been lighting my cigars and the sitting them down to rest for several moments before getting the first taste. This helps me experience the aroma from the foot and also let it cool down for a second before judging the flavors. Not often does the smell from the smoke and the draw line up, but this time it does. Perfectly.
Perfumed cedar, bread, nuts, caramel, and a punch of pepper roll over my senses with the first draw. The spice dances around the tongue like Muhammad Ali in the ring, never too much nor too little. At moments you think that it’s relenting only to surprise you with another sweet and spicy one-two punch. Just like the boxer, Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony displays a certain finesse that you’d expect at this price point.
Around the one inch mark this cigar begins to pop. Honey, cocoa powder, and nougat throw their weight into the ring in earnest, playing against the pepper and paprika tag team beautifully. Graham cracker and cream soften the sharper notes, making this cigar every bit as amazing as I remembered it. There’s just so much win here for Cornelius and Anthony.
Dropping the ash, more cream envelopes the palate. Brad from the CigarNoise app says it’s like a candy bar. I can’t disagree. Slow and steady with this cigar is very, very rewarding.
Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony – Second Third
Cream, Honey, Nougat, Cedar, Graham Cracker, Caramel Flan, Dark Chocolate, Floral
The second third begins with creamy honey, nougat, and cedar. Every bit as delicious as the first, maybe even more so. Within a few moments, graham cracker returns and I’m having a Honey Graham flashback.
How about those mechanics? The draw is spot on allows for plenty of smoke. The burn line isn’t exceptional but it’s maintenance free. Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony is very well constructed and is performing as expected.
Not far into this segment, I’m picking up rich top notes of caramel flan with a dark chocolate finish. This is another one of those cigars that is refreshing rather than taxing. Between each puff I’m not reaching for water or anything else. There’s no need.
Approaching the halfway point, floral notes join the party, adding to an ever growing list of delightful flavors. I’m going on record right now by saying that this is my favorite cigar produced by El Titan de Bronze to date. Originally, I was hesitant about pulling the trigger on this stick because of the price point. In fact, Proboff99 from the CigarNoise app traded me a couple for this review. I have no qualms ponying up the cash for more Cornelius and Anthony – this cigar commands every bit of the $12 price point.
Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony – Last Third
Cream, Honey, Cedar, Nougat, Graham Cracker, Spice, Dried Fruit, Oak, Molasses, Weak Wine
The last third opens much like the second: cream, honey, cedar, nougat, and graham cracker. Spice, mostly absent in the previous segment, makes a reappearance in this third along with very pleasant hints of dried fruit. There’s a layered coffee quality that’s beginning to develop as well, contrasting the sweeter notes like a fine Tiramisu. Not quite espresso, more like mild coffee.
With a little over an inch and a half left, the flavors begin to shift. Oak, molasses, walnuts, weak wine, and cream take the drivers seat. While I’m sad to see honey exit the scene, I’m surprised it stayed with us this long.
Giving into temptation, I found the perfect pairing for this cigar. Colonel E.H. Taylor is such a home run that it should be in a magazine somewhere! Couldn’t ask for better. I would imagine that plenty of bourbons and aged rums would do very well with Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony.
Not an ounce of bitterness, sponginess, or any other poor qualities affect my experience until the very end. I don’t nub many cigars, but Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony is one of ’em. Well done, C&A!