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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Cornelius & Anthony Avant Garde Aerial
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Adam (BewareDaPenguin)
82
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

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 10 Possible

This wasn't the best looking cigar but it did smell great! It had a nice hay, and sweet cedar smell. Cigar also had a nice milk chocolate wrapper, but it did have some serious veining which took away from the overall appearance. The roll felt firm, not overly packed, but a nice feel in your hands. I am not typically a fan of smaller ring gauges but this one was fine. The band looked really classy and was easy to read. The color choices were nice, and it also had a little foot band which I thought was strange given the size of the cigar (ring gauge & length) but it looked nice. Pre-light draw gave off some earthy chocolate notes.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

I had few if any complainants with the burn of this stick. It lit up with no problems and held a very nice burn line all the way throughout the stick. The smoke output was plentiful, and also no problems in this department! The ash held on for a good 2" before it fell off and continued to hold on after that for each 1" or so. Was a nice white & grey ash that was firm. No touch ups or relights were needed. Smoke time was right around and hour for me. The burn line wasn't razor sharp but that is being picky as it was still very good.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

Overall the cigar was a nicely rolled stick! Although the wrapper in appearance could have been nicer the actual cigar smoked and performed very well! The cap was applied a little messy and wasn't quite attractive either, but again it cut clean and didn't affect the smoke at all besides appearance. This is being picky, but it's what you do in a critique! The draw was very good, and I didn't have any problems getting as much or as little smoke as desired. Again besides the appearance of the stick it did perform well.

Flavor: 27 Points of 45 Possible

The first few puffs were very light & creamy. They were made up of a nuttyness & baked bread taste. Getting into the 1st 3rd there was actually a bit of a pepper bite on the aftertaste, not much but it was there. Also in the 1st 3rd was a nice mix of earthyness and light coco. It was all rather mild besides the light pepper. Moving into the 2nd 3rd really didn't develop too much. Basically I found that the pepper had fallen off and the cigar overall had mellowed out and moved into a mild- light medium territory. This was the best part of the cigar for me as the final 3rd started to get hot and bitter. I can usually smoke a stick down to about the last 1" but I had to put this one out a little before that. I know I'm an aggressive smoker and this is why I typically don't smoke smaller ring gauge & smaller length cigars, but I have plenty and this one did get hot on me and did begin to burn my throat. I wish it would have developed a little more and stayed mellowed out, but it didn't & that drug it down.

Summary

Thanks again to Chuck for the stick & Cigar Geeks for giving me the chance to review this cigar. I guess my overall impressions of it were it was a good smoke, but I was a bit let down in the end. The cigar had great construction and performed well, but wasn't the most attractive looking stick. It had good flavors when they were hitting together early, but it never really built up with any complexity and in the end was kind of a let down. It was pretty much a straight forward cigar, and that's not bad, but how poorly it was at the end really threw me off. Not a bad stick at all, but would I buy a box? Probably not. Thanks again!



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