Brand: Cornelius & Anthony
Line: The Gent
Size: Robusto (5x52 Box Press)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Cornelius & Anthony
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The Gent was one of two new cigars that Cornelius & Anthony had on display at the 2018 IPCPR trade show; The Mistress being the other cigar in the pair. Both cigars are made by La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua and offered in four different sizes. The Mistress is meant to be the more full bodied offering with the Gent being more medium bodied.
The wrapper on this cigar is a medium brown color with a slight reddish tone if you hold it up in natural sunlight. The wrapper has a few veins but overall the appearance is very smooth and the seams are all very tight. The cigar has a leathery and barnyard aroma; the prelight draw brings more leather, a grassy sweetness and some spice. The box press on this 52 ring gauge gives the cigar a very comfortable mouth feel that makes it seem more like a 50 ring gauge.
The cigar starts out with a healthy supply of black and red pepper spice; with the black pepper being pretty strong on the retrohale. The overall flavor profile is dominated by deep earthy qualities along with some leather and a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar. As the first third progresses the spice backs off and I start to notice flavors that remind of fresh baked bread and baking spices. As the cigar continues to progress the earth and leather start to back off a little and some woody flavors start to come forward.
The first third was medium plus in strength and very full flavor/body.
In the second third the dominant earthy flavors and pepper spice blend together to create a very sharp flavor that is enjoyable but pretty difficult to describe. I’m still picking up some wood flavors at this point, but they are darker than the ones in the first third. The black pepper spice remains on the retrohale but it is lighter; making that fresh baked bread quality with baking spices more noticeable on the retrohale. I also picked up some nutty qualities and almost a graham cracker type of flavor.
The second third was medium plus in strength and full flavor/body.
Going into the final third the wood flavors continue to darken and the earthy quality gets more gritty. The spice flavors dial back up but are still not quite a strong as they were in the first third. The sweetness starts to take on a charred quality like you get when roasting marshmallows. There remains some nut and bread qualities but they are more difficult to pick up behind the dominant gritty earth flavors.
The final third remained medium plus in strength and full flavor/body.
Total smoking time was about 1 hour 30 minutes.
I found the first third and second third to be very complex and well balanced. The final third was still very enjoyable but I found it to be less complex compared to the first two thirds. This cigar has some great flavors and will reward you for taking your time to focus in on the smoking experience. The construction, combustion and draw on this cigar were superb all the way through, and the cigar didn’t require any touch up lights. I look forwarding to smoking more of these and seeing how the cigar ages over time.
Jason’s rating: 94 (AKA, "Box Buy")