Vitola: Corona Gorda (5 ½ x 46)
Purchase Link: Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius
CORNELIUS REVIEW – CALIFORNIA
Summary: A dynamic combination of red pepper, marshmallows, and cedar have me salivating after the first few puffs. This stick doesn't appear to be packed too tightly, because I notice the cigar getting shorter with every subsequent draw. The ash is ethereal but hasn't dropped any flakes. Fig slides in to relieve the marshmallows. Flavor Town! Gingerbread, graham crackers, and hot chocolate. Cornbread even!
The tasting notes at the onset of the second third, still led by red pepper, are less grandiloquent, but still perfectly enjoyable. Touched up the burn a bit.
Cinnamon and damp wood in the final third. An ephemeral tropical fruit sweetness hits one puff and disappears the next.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Board games on a rainy day.
Pairing Suggestion: Margarita.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
CORNELIUS REVIEW – WISCONSIN
Summary: The wrapper leaf on this cigar had 2 big water spots and was pretty rustic-looking. It wouldn't win any beauty contests. It did taste better than it looked. It brought notes of cream, chocolate, pepper, honey, hay, cedar, and umami.
The draw was perfect. The burn was wavy, but that didn't cause any problems.
Overally, it was an enjoyable cigar that failed to stand out in any major way. It didn't leave a big impression, and it didn't leave me wanting more.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: A mediocre massage. Don't get me wrong, you still had a good time. You just wouldn't go back for the same thing.
Pairing Suggestion: Coke.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Single.
CORNELIUS REVIEW – OREGON
Summary: My cigar was light brown and appeared to be somewhere near a corona size or slightly larger. It had some Frankenstein looking marks on it just from the veins of the wrapper leaf. I also saw a couple of water marks on the wrapper like you sometimes see on Cuban cigars.
The initial flavors consisted of mild cedar, saltine crackers, a little bit of citrus zest, and a salty leather finish. The retrohale smoke had mild pepper strength and a finish of leather and citrus.
Eventually the main flavors shifted to citrus and leather with an additional combination reminding me of black tea with a little bit of lemon juice and honey stirred into it. The pepper spice vanished and the retrohale, while still featuring the same flavors as I experienced on the palate, had a much more creamy nature to it.
Then out of nowhere...salted peanuts joined the leather notes and a fairly sweet tobacco and cedar rounded things out nicely. The retro hale held on to a nice creamy mix of salted peanuts and heavy citrus notes.
The flavors were quite enjoyable in the cigar but unfortunately this stick was a maintenance nightmare with multiple burn corrections and it actually went out on me twice.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: People watching on the casino floor.
Pairing Suggestion: Milk stout.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Five pack.
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