Good But Not #1 In My Book!

One hour in…The @cigaraficmag@lfdcigars #COTY is very good. I don’t think it would have been my #1 but it’s a great smoke. My Top of 2016 is still the #fuentecigars #themans80th @casafuentelv@lf3680


Review: CORNELIUS & ANTHONY Cornelius – RATED 96

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Stick Review Rating: 96

“Smooth, pepper and a little spice. Construction and ash are amazing”

Size: 6 x 50
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $13-$15
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Number Smoked for Review: 2

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Cornelius is the first brand to be commercially launched by Cornelius & Anthony, and is owned by Stephen Bailey, a fifth-generation progeny of the Bailey family which has grown tobacco in Virginia for the last 150 years. (via

Thoughts and Notes:

This cigar was amazing, when the small package from CORNELIUS & ANTHONY arrived, I was not sure what to expect.  I have not been doing as many reviews as I used to, but the last 5-6 cigars I received to review from other vendors so far have not been that great, but I had heard good things about the Cornelius so  when I finally got to toast my first one, I was not disappointed.


I am trying to make my reviews mixed now, I’ve been told the video ones are a bit too long and I don’t want to bore you, so my written reviews will be formatted like this one.  Info at the top, a few pics, my rating and my thoughts.  Quick and easy to read. In this “Instagram/Facebook/Twitter” world, I feel like the older style of review is getting dated.  When I am enjoying a smoke, I interact with my followers during the actual experience, which is awesome, but I also want to get back to posting those thoughts and images here again!


As soon as I sparked this up, I had notes of pepper and a little spice on my lip. Loved it. It burned clean and smooth.  Construction was solid and the ash held on like a beast (as you will see below). The longer I smoked it, the more I enjoyed it. At around the 30 minute point I was getting notes of cocoa and a sweet candy like flavor, maybe like a red hot candy, it was great and lasted for about 10 minutes. What I really enjoyed about the Cornelius was that that it got better and better as I smoked it.


As I hit the one hour mark, the burn line was still razor sharp and the ash was still solid as a rock, the last 20 mins were filled with spice, pepper and more. It was a great cigar. It’s a little on the higher end at $13-$15 a stick,  but I have never had a problem paying for quality and this one is pure quality.


Those who follow me on Instagram and I hear all the time “You only smoke the good s–t” and my answer is always the same, “I only have 1-2 hours every few days to just escape and enjoy a good cigar, usually at 1am alone on my deck – I need to make that count”


This one counts! This will now be in my rotation, I loved it, and it earned a  Stick Review Rating of 96 (Excellent)


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Presenting the Top 10 Cigars of 2014

We smoked a lot of cigars in 2014 and now it’s time to announce our top 10 cigars of the year. Just a quick bit of information on how these are selected is below. Since we have always prided ourselves on the notion of the “everyday man (or woman)” style of review, our Top 10 is not going to be limited to just cigars that were released in 2014, but that we tried for the first time in 2014. We smoked just over 100 different cigars for review in 2014 and we are pleased to present to you our Top 10 of the year as well as 5 Honorable Mentions, click here or below to see who made the list, watch the reviews see our ratings.