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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cornelius & Anthony Avant Garde Aerial
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: mpurtle01
80
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 Gew├╝rztraminer wine and water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

Dry and smooth wrapper that has some moderate veins and is slightly toothy.  Nice double cap.  Cut very nice with a V cut.  Spongy to the squeeze with good bounce back.  Cold draw with a good resistance.  Wrapper aroma is sweet barnyard hay/alfalfa. Looks good to start and smells great!

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Lit very nice with a single flame torch with a slow toast.  Ash is a nice white color.  Smoke volume is copius with a yellowish color.  Burn rate is fast, this was not smoked at a fast pace, but burned just over 40 minutes to about 3/4 to 1 inch remaining.  Perfect burn throughout, no relights required.  Great burn, easy light.  Burned fairly hot at the end even with greater than 1 minute between draws.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Perfect draw on this cigar with the V cut.  Cap started to peel every so slightly during the last third, but the nice double cap appeared well constructed.  No issues with wrapper construction, but the cigar did burn very fast even with a decent tightness on the draw.  Wrapper was nice looking, soft and dry with some good looking tooth.  No issues with the moderate veins as the cigar burned flawlessly.  I like the band and the foot band.  Overall good construction.

Flavor: 24 Points of 45 Possible

Cold draw has a sweet hay flavor.  Initial light flavor is sweet like a dessert, graham cracker flavor with a retrohale flavor of cinnamon.  Aftertaste is a mild pepper that last about 20-30 seconds.  Very smooth flavor that is mild.  No strength to note at first and a mild body.  1st third remains the same.  Sweet graham cracker flavor without retrohale and adding in the cinnamon on the retrohale and keeping the mild pepper on the finish for about 20 seconds.  2nd third again no change to start.  Same pleasant and smooth flavor.  Toward the end of the 2nd third the pepper finish started to fade and was in slipped a slight bitterness.  Last third the flavor sort of fell through the hole.  Sweet flavor tapered off completely and started to have a burnt flavor.  The retrohale was not very pleasant and the finish became more and more bitter.  I wanted to drop it at the last third, but continued through the nub to see if it would improve or change.  No such luck, flavor overall just became more bitter, even though I gave it more rest between draws.  Body remained mild and strength remained mild throughout.  No hint of nicotine kick on this one at all, and that's not really a bad thing, just an observation.

Summary

This is a great morning cigar through the first 2 thirds with the mild and sweet flavor.  Very pleasant.  But the last third really was not that enjoyable due to the pickup in bitterness.  It is advertised as a full bodied cigar, but I truly cannot even rate this as a medium body or strength.  Of most mild cigars I have smoked, I would love to smoke the first 2 thirds of this cigar in the morning as the flavors were great, but I would drop it at the start of the last third.  Not a terrible cigar by any means.  The first 2 third really were pleasant, so I will smoke another to ensure this was not just a fluke.  I only smoked 1 cigar for this review, but I have another to try next weekend during one morning.



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