If there are stories that I love, it's the stories that revolve around the resurrection of a tobacco/cigar company. There is nothing better than hearing or reading about the history of a tobacco company from the 19th or early 20th century and about its resurrection. I love being able to see photos of the farms, factories, owners, employees and packaging from when the company was still in business, and I love it when they tie it into the modern business. I am a sucker for all of that, so when a company called Cornelius & Anthony was announced last year, making its debut at the 2015 IPCPR, and they let us all know that they were a resurrected Virginia tobacco company dating back to 1866, I was sold! Their first cigar is just hitting shelves, and it is called Cornelius. It is made in Miami at the well known En Titan de Bronze factory, so lets conclude the introductions and get onto the review.
Cigar: Cornelius Toro
Country of Origin: United States of America
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Ring Gauge: 50
The cigar comes with a silky wrapper and is beautiful in texture and appearance. There are few veins present throughout and the triple cap is applied perfectly. The wrapper has a dark Natural coloring, and it has an aged appearance. The foot of the cigar has an aroma of wood, hay, grass and pepper, and there is this old furniture like aroma present. The wrapper of the cigar is delivering some natural aromas as well and it is showing some leather, cedar and tobacco notes.
The first third begins by delivering some complex and light flavors. I am picking up some honey notes and it is paired with some light hay, earth and grass qualities. There is a finish of spice and oak, and touches of leather. It is rather enjoyable and there are some subtle lemon flavors present now and then also. I would say that the flavors are around the medium-full level, and the body is just south of that. The strength is at a medium level and this is a smooth smoke that has nice flavors. The construction is top notch and I am getting a perfect draw with a nice amount of smoke. The burn line is razor sharp on the end and there is a light gray ash that is holding on firmly.
As I advance into the second third I find that a coffee flavor begins to emerge and it is paring well with that hay and grass flavor profile. There are still some faint touch of honey and lemon, and it has a nice oaky and leathery finish. Overall, the cigar continues to smoke at that medium level for body and strength, and the flavor profile is slightly above that. This is a cigar I could have in the morning, afternoon or evening. The construction is remaining perfect in this third and there is a razor sharp burn line on the end with that light gray colored ash. The draw is still smooth and easy, and a nice amount of smoke is produced with each puff.
When I get into the final third of the cigar, I find that the flavor profile is right in line with the second third. It is delivering those coffee, hay and grass flavors, and the oak and leather flavors are nice on the finish. There is a lemony honey profile on the retrohale, and it is a great finishing flavor profile. The body and strength remain where they were in the second as well, and it is smoking at a level just shy of medium-full. The flavors are more medium-full, and it is a complex blend. The construction remains top notch, what I would expect from the factory, and it is producing a razor sharp burn line with that light gray colored ash on the end.
I really enjoyed the Cornelius Toro and it is a cigar that shows a new style of flavors for El Titan de Bronze. It has that Miami-Cuba flavor profile going for it, but its a little bit more Cubanesque than a lot of the other offerings from El Titan de Bronze. I would be interested in seeing how this smokes in the corona gorda offering, but also would love to see it in a Churchill or Lonsdale offering also. The flavors are top notch and with that comes a nice body and strength level. The construction was never an issue, but as I said earlier, I do not expect problems with construction from this factory. I would be interested in seeing what other consumers think and especially getting the thoughts from those who love the cigars coming out of El Titan de Bronze. I think the accounts that do well with La Palina and other higher end cigars will find this does well at their stores. I am giving the cigar an 89 and I would definitely pick up a 5 pack.
Overall Rating: 89 AKA "5 Pack"