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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cornelius & Anthony Avant Garde Aerial
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Steve Ladd (Caveman Steve)
86
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 Vodka Tonic

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

This is a fairly veiny cigar, with an attractive double band.  A strong barnyard aroma is evident, and the cigar has good heft.  It is dry in appearance but very supple.  I'm unsure what expect at this point.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar takes to flame easily.  The burn is absolutely perfect from beginning to end.  Ash is solid, light gray, and hangs on for an inch and a half before falling off. (thankfully not in my lap)  No re-lights were necessary.  This is a well rolled cigar.  Smoke volume is fantastic especially considering the thin ring gauge.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

This is a well constructed cigar despite a veiny wrapper.  Draw is perfect throughout. The cap is firm, and remains intact.  As I said before, it burns straight the whole length with no touch-ups necessary.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

1st Third:
This cigar starts off with a big black pepper kick which subsides quickly, and then suddenly becomes creamy in texture.  This is all happening in the first inch or so. I would say it is medium in body overall, but there are distinct changes in the profile.
2nd third:
Talk about changes.  I'm now getting what I would describe as a honeysuckle sweetness on the back end.  Remember when you were a kid and picked a honeysuckle flower and sucked on it?  That's it.  Very subtle.  Very enjoyable.  The spice/pepper starts to kick in here and there.  This is very complex.  I like it a lot.
Final third:
Mellowing out again, and becoming more herbal.  I'm catching some earth and coffee.  There is still a touch of sweetness, almost like sweet peppers.
The end:
Holy moly!  I'm suddenly getting a semi-serious nicotine kick.  This came out of nowhere and was totally unexpected.  For a slightly higher than medium bodied stick, I would not expect this much of a kick.  I put it down with about an inch to go.

Summary

Overall, I really enjoyed this cigar.  The flavors were all over the board, which for me is a good thing.  It kept my interest for sure.  This is a classic example of a cigar that needs a bit of rest to be at it's best, and will mellow out that finishing kick.  It is definitely a cigar I would smoke again.



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