It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I try out my first Cornelius & Anthony cigar – the Daddy Mac. It is the second cigar released by this company and a tribute to the owner’s father. It comes in with a Brazilian wrapper concealing an Ecuadorian binder and Nicaraguan fillers. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×52 stick that retails for $9.
On the cold draw, I only pick up an airy tobacco. The wrapper gives off a potent tobacco aroma with leather. Out of the foot, I smell leather and black pepper. Once lit, I pick up creamy cedar with a hint of cinnamon sweetness. Through the nose, there is a very sweet caramel and vanilla mix. On the finish, there is black pepper with creamy cedar and graham cracker.
The first third gets me to twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up almond with sweet toast and grassy earth. Through the nose, I find a delicious mix of spicy caramel, vanilla, and cedar. The finish is spectacular offering up white pepper on top of a “coffee with hazelnut creamer” flavor. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
One hour in, the second third comes to a close. More almond comes through on the draw with creamy cedar. The retro-hale is delightful with more spicy caramel and a toasty earth. The finish is now very vegetal with oak and white pepper notes. Strength and body jumps slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
The final third finishes at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up spicy black pepper and grassy earth. The grassy earth carries through the nose alongside leather. The finish is stellar with salty pretzel on top of rich tobacco and more white pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s extremely complex and so delicious, you just can’t put it down. The flavors are out of this world, and construction is absolutely perfect. It’s a box-worthy cigar that I’ll smoke time and time again. Don’t miss this one!