Cornelius & Anthony is one of those up-and-coming companies for the cigar industry right now and they are a company has two exciting offerings that have recently been released. While the company's original plans from 2015 are no longer in existence and completely scrapped, it was a little worrisome there for a while, the company is now in full stride and have released two cigars titled Cornelius and Daddy Mac. Cornelius is made in Miami at El Titan de Bronze, a traditional and old school factory, but their second release, Daddy Mac is a whole new story. Hailing from Nicaragua and the La Zona Factory, Cornelius & Anthony worked with the crew of Espinosa on this second blend. The two factories are nothing a like in terms of blends released to the market, so it will be great to see a second release completely different from its predecessor. Enough of the introductions though, let's take a look at the new Daddy Mac.
Cigar: Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac Robusto
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: La Zona Cigars
Ring Gauge: 52
Daddy Mac has a faded brown coloring and it has this antique characteristic to it, light Colorado. There is a fine grittiness present to the wrapper and the wrapper sports some minor veins throughout. The veins are noticeable to touch on the wrapper and it has a nice triple cap on the finish. The wrapper is giving off a lot of qualities and there is an aroma of rich earth, sharp spices and some mineral, herbal and leather characteristics. The foot has some earthiness, and it is showing sharp spice and wood qualities.
The cigar begins by delivering some sharp spice notes with a focus on red pepper. There are some orange zest and orange rind qualities present as well, and it really grabs your attention. I am getting this gritty earth quality present as well and there are some tobacco and leather flavors also present. It is a complex flavor profile and the finish is long and spicy. I would say it is full in body and the strength is up there as well, though a little bit less. It is full flavored though and it is a full but balanced cigar. The construction has been top notch and it is producing a fairly even burn line with a nice light charcoal ash on the end. There is a lot of smoke being produced and it has a smooth draw.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and it is continuing down the full road that it has been taking. There are some additional cereal notes present, and it is pairing with those red pepper, tobacco and earth flavors. I am picking up some faint orange zest and orange rind flavors on the finish, and it is paired with leather qualities. The cigar is still smoking at a full body level and the strength is right there as well. The flavors are full and as before it is a complex and flavorful cigar. The construction is top notch still and it is producing a cool draw with an even burn line and a light charcoal ash on the end. This cigar as some strength and body, and I am feeling the tobacco.
When I get into the final third I find that the cigar is finishing at a level that is similar to the first third and it is producing an experience that is full body and full flavor. I am getting those red pepper notes, paired with a light cereal and orange rind profile, and I am getting tobacco, earth and leather qualities as well. I would say that the cigar is smoking at a level just south of full in terms of strength on the finish, but there is still a punch that grabs your attention. As before, the construction is top notch and it is producing a nearly perfect burn line to the end. The light charcoal ash is holding on firmly and there is a nice draw with each puff that is producing a good bit of smoke.
Daddy Mac is an exciting release for Cornelius & Anthony, and besides being the best release of the two releases for Cornelius & Anthony, this is a great release from La Zona. The cigar shows tons of strength and body, but with the body and strength are a lot of great flavors. There is depth and complexity to this cigar, and you don't get that with a lot of strong/full strength cigars. I smoked the blend in a variety of vitolas and I found that the larger the ring gauge the more complex and flavorful the cigar got. With the smaller offerings though I found the blend to be showing a little more strength and body. My opinion, the robusto added the most balance between flavors and strength and body. The Cornelius blend may speak to me more as a smoker, but I believe this is the superior blend and it will really do well with the American market. I am giving this cigar a solid 90 rating and I would definitely split this box with another guy.
Overall Rating: 90 AKA "Box Split"