Cornelius & Anthony Venganza
Vitola: Judge (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Factory: La Zona Cigar Factory (Esteli, Nicaragua)
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”