It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony Meridian. For this review, I smoke the Robusto, a 5×52 stick with a very oily Ecuadorian wrapper. Inside is a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It retails for $8.75.
The wrapper produces a leathery manure aroma while I smell raisin out of the foot. The cold draw gives me damp earth flavor. Once lit, I find salty leather with cinnamon. Through the nose, rich leather mixes with sweet dough. The finish offers saltiness with black pepper and cinnamon.
Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up vegetal earth with leather and black pepper. Through the nose, I find sweet bread dough alongside cinnamon and what I would describe as potpourri. The finish offers cinnamon with leather and earth. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full
The second third ends after fifty minutes. More vegetal earth hits me on the draw with graham cracker and black pepper. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, I get more cinnamon with damp oak and leather. Strength and body remain at medium-to-full.
One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up. I pick up more vegetal earth on the draw with leather and a distinct saltiness. Through the nose, nutty toast blends with black pepper. I find floral coffee notes on the finish mixed with smoky oak. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.
The Cornelius & Anthony Meridian is an excellent cigar with great flavors. It’s a complex blend with a lot of depth. Construction is good even though I did have some hiccups with the burn in the second third. The price is reasonable, and it’s an overall enjoyable smoke that I highly recommend!