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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cornelius & Anthony Avant Garde Aerial
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: toby2 (toby2)
75
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Cornelius & Anthony Avant Garde Aerial.  This full-bodied exotic blend of tobaccos combine to produce an appealing exuberance for the most demanding cigar connoisseurs.  Eloquently presented in a black case packaged 20 per box.  This critique has been generously sponsored by Steven at Cornelius & Anthony.

Length:
5.5
Ring Gauge:
42
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Wrapper:
Brazil
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Medium
Shape:
Corona

This cigar was enjoyed with Water and Blackwell Rum

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

The Aerial is dark tan with a firm body. The wrapper is dry with heavy veins and a well applied cap. The cigar has a faintly sweet tobacco smell. The cap cut clean and crisp. Nothing really jumped out at me on the pre-light draw.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

I lit the cigar with wooden matches. The very firm draw resulted in little resting smoke. The cigar had to be smoked fast or it would start to go out. The first half inch had a razor sharp burn after which it started to run. The run corrected at the half point and the cigar revealed two tunnels a little later. I put a torch to the wrapper to try and correct the severe tunneling so I could finish the cigar for the review. I would have tossed it any other time. The dark grey flaky ash hung on for an inch or so and was never an issue.

Construction: 20 Points of 30 Possible

As stated the cigar had a firm draw, veiny wrapper and well applied cap. The interior construction was flawed. To keep this cigar lit required a faster smoking rate that I believe fouled the taste and ruined the smoking experience. The bands at the cap and foot are attractive and were easily removed when required.

Flavor: 25 Points of 45 Possible

I found the Aerial to be medium to mild in strength. The body was hard to pin down. Heavy spice dominated a grassy and graham flavor with a bitter aftertaste between draws. The flavors never changed until the last few inches which were bitter on the tongue and spice through the nose.

Summary

It is tough to review a cigar based on one sample. I like to have smoked at least two or more of any cigar before doing a review. I will seek a few better examples out for a later review. Thanks for the chance to smoke one Vroomp.



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