Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Size: 5x52

Vitola: Judge (Robusto)

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona Cigar Factory (Esteli, Nicaragua)

MSRP: $9.25

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by: Cornelius & Anthony

Prelight: The wrapper of the Venganza is quite pleasing. Up front is a smooth, naturally sweet tobacco and sugar note. In the background there are notes of mildly spicy cedar cocoa and raisins. The foot adds a mouthwatering, brown sugar sweetness. The cold draw is perfectly smooth and has a spectacular sweet and spicy combo. Spicy red pepper tingles and brown sugar create a habanero & fruit jelly profile.

Beginning: The Venganza starts out with a lot of black pepper and wood. There is a vague creaminess in there as well, but it is buried below a mostly dry, long finish. The retrohale has a nice little black pepper tingle. About halfway through this third a prominent cherry note comes into play. This Venganza is full bodied and working it’s way to full strength already.

Middle: The second third continues with the cherry, wood and black pepper profile. The profile is still dry, with a creamy earth undertone. It is now definitely full bodied and full strength by this point.

End: The final third of this Cornelius & Anthony Venganza keeps the cherry, wood and black pepper notes. But the black pepper intensifies and comes to the forefront. 

Final Thoughts: This was one heck of a great cigar. The flavors were simply excellent and the construction & burn were top notch. As I smoked the Venganza, I noticed that it was definitely full strength and body. But, it wasn’t until a few minutes after I finished and started moving around that I realized HOW strong! This cigar hit me hard. So, I suggest eating a hearty meal and being ready for this cigar. This is high rating for such a strong cigar for me, but it was just so good.

Rating: 91 AKA “Box Split”

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Comment by Jeff M. on January 6, 2017 at 7:12am

That one has been on my radar since the C&A Cigar Chat, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.  Sounds like it needs to go on the short list.  Thanks for the review!

Comment by Ky70 on January 6, 2017 at 9:11am

Nice review...can't say I noticed any strength but I rarely do.  I enjoy that cigar but I'm down to my last one

Comment by 007MI6 on January 6, 2017 at 9:40am
You're welcome Jeff. I really enjoyed this cigars profile. This is the first C&A that I've had, and after all the hype I've heard around them, I'm glad to have it live up to it. I'd definitely pick up a couple handfuls. lol

Comment by 007MI6 on January 6, 2017 at 9:43am
My, to be honest, I'm rarely hit by strength either. Only a small handful of cigars have ever hit me hard. Not sure if this stick was extra strong, or I was extra weak, but I felt this sucker hard a few minutes after I finished. Not big on strength, but this cigar was too good to deter me.

Comment by 007MI6 on January 6, 2017 at 9:45am

^Ky...not My

Comment by Ky70 on January 6, 2017 at 10:23am

No worries bro.  Very cool ashtray too!

Comment by 007MI6 on January 8, 2017 at 2:56pm

Thanks bro! I am getting a decent collection of Art Deco ashtray in my Art Deco Collection. :) My wife is getting good at finding them for me too.

Comment by Ky70 on January 8, 2017 at 6:20pm
Nice! I'm becoming a fan of these eccentric ashtrays

Comment by 007MI6 on January 9, 2017 at 9:51pm

I collect Art Deco, but most of it is stored safely away right now. lol A 3-year old and irreplaceable, original lamp globes from the '20's don't mix. :P


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