Vitola: Liga E Claro 5.75 x 54
Purchase Link: Cornelius and Anthony House Blends
Cornelius & Anthony House Blend Review - Wisconsin
Summary: Clipping the pigtail cap and lighting up, I was led on a complex adventure. It was dominated at various points by cedar and nuts, but also contained notes of honey, hay, black pepper that jumps in and out, earth, cream, bread, a tart fruit, and lemon. The finish was a series of flavors, moving from cedar to a milkiness to pepper, finally ending on nuts.
Complexity on the draw and on the finish was complemented by a delicious retrohale, mostly in the form of pepper, bread, and nuttiness. The cigar had a decidedly woody and nutty aroma, and it produced voluminous smoke.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Like complexity? Like cedar and/or nuts? Grab this cigar.
Pairing Suggestion: Water the first time. Don't lose out on any complexity. Then play with lots of different pairings.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Box-worthy. If you aren't big on cedar (I'm not), still grab a fiver.
Cornelius & Anthony House Blend Review - Oregon
Summary: This blind review stick was medium brown in color and very firmly packed. Under the smooth wrapper there were a number of lumps and bumps but it appeared to be well constructed. I smelled hay and moderate amounts of cinnamon from the foot of the cigar. The cold draw had a perfect amount of resistance and tasted just like Cinnamon Life cereal with some bran flakes thrown in for a fiber boost!
Initially I tasted wood, mild earth notes and a great cashew like sweetness. Before the first third finished, caramel and fresh bread were in the mix as well. The whole profile was rounded out with a nice pepper spice on the palate and in the sinuses. Half way into the smoke and floral notes jumped in with some cedar, leather and more cinnamon. The retrohale experience was smooth up front and spicy in the back...the Canadian passport of retrohale!
Both burn and smoke production were on and off again during the review. One inch into the cigar and I was already experiencing limited smoke with the cigar acting as if it wanted to go out. It had a very solid, light gray ash that held on tightly throughout the smoke, but the burn was quite erratic. I ended up applying three burn corrects to it and giving in some additional heat when it felt like smoke production was falling away.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad cigar at all. It seemed a bit temperamental but had enjoyable flavors as long as you aren’t searching for any mind blowing transitions in flavor.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: If you like this then you probably play things on the safe side.
Pairing Suggestion: Pair this with a sweet tea or if your searching for a buzz, a highland scotch.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: I go fiver on this. It had a few issues with burn and performance, but maybe mine was a fluke.
Cornelius & Anthony House Blend Review - California
Summary: Starting out with a beautiful medley of cream and pepper. Perfect draw. Burn and ash are high and tight. I was about to comment on the fact that I’m enjoying this smoke even though it isn’t complex when all of the sudden my mouth gets crammed with banana peppers and carrot cake. HNNNNNG!!! Just to clarify, the carrot cake brings some sweetness along with it. What in tarnation am I tasting now? Don’t freak out. Jalapeño cheese bread, radishes and cherry. Admittedly, I am pretty hungry right now, but it’s not like I’m craving anything I’ve tasted as of yet so don’t knock me for it.
Entering the second third and the cherry has picked up. Hello daddy, hello mom. The rock ‘n’ roll of this stick gets interrupted like an EAS as it goes out on me. Crap. I just realized that I have to hit the road in 30 so I’m going to have to Monica Lewinsky the crap out of this cigar to get to the final third. The sweetness fades and is replaced by Randy Savage, I mean cream.
Final third. After that one relight the burn and ash have been holding true. Not as complex as before, but still no complaints in any department. The pepper is picking up again as I’m about to put it down. With the final puff I get a faint Crenshaw melon sweetness along with coffee.
If You Like That, You Might Like This: Cracking peanuts on the porch.
Pairing Suggestion: Irish coffee.
Purchase Recommendation to a Friend: Fiver.
Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process.