Last Cigar from the Sample Pack
One of my favorite local retailers, Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, PA began transitioning into an on-line retailer and had removed a bunch of cigars from their cellophane for use in taking photos which would be used for their promotion pics. I spied a four pack of cigars by Cornelius and Anthony which were deeply discounted, and I picked them up.
Previously, the only cigar I had ever smoked by C&A was the Daddy Mac. Since then, I’ve had the Ariel, Cornelius and now The Gent.
Continuing the Trend
Cornelius and Anthony is a great brand full of diversity in strength and flavor. Most importantly, they have a unique flavor profile combining cotton candy sweet and cayenne spice.
The diversity isn’t notional. The cigars are produced in different factories. Everyone that I have smoked is outstanding. The Gent continues in the footsteps of the potent and flavorful Daddy Mac.
The Gent by Cornelius and Anthony is produced at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Esteli where most of the Cornelius and Anthony cigars are produced. La Zona is the laboratory of Erik Espinosa of Espinosa cigars. Cigars brands streaming out of this factory include Protocol, La Sirena and MoyaRuiz.
The wrapper is an Ecuadorian rosado while the binder is American (I suspect the flavorful but hideous leaf grown in Lancaster County, PA but I have no proof) and filler from Honduras and Nicaragua.
This cigar is a medium bodied blend composed of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binder with Nicaraguan fillers. Sizes are a 6 x 50 Toro, 6 x 60 Gordo, 5 x 52 Robusto and a 5.5 x 46 Corona Gorda.
It was hot!
The cigar foretold of strong pepper immediately. This tricked my brain into thinking it was a full-bodied cigar, but this was not so. The heat remained but my brain caught on to the trick. The Gent was initially medium bodied. It moved from medium to medium-full and back multiple times.
The Gent moved around from medium to medium to full bodied. Lots of pepper with citrus. I thought orange. Clearly orange jam. No bitterness at all. There was sweetness but not the cotton candy sweet typical of other Cornelius and Anthony cigars. Still, if you dry draw, you will be licking your lips.
A wonderful addition to the profile was wheat and herbal hints.
A pepper bomb does not have to be full bodied. This is a different profile. And I mean it brings the heat too! The Gent is the least sweet cigar by Cornelius and Anthony but a perfect compliment to the remainder of the line and a notch below the Daddy Mac in strength.
I have not had the Mistress yet. The only thing I hear about this cigar is the mind-altering brimstone like flame that you will experience in the retrohale.
I’ll pass for now.
Cornelius and Anthony is batting a thousand. No need to tinker with that record.