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Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars Robusto

10 Jan 2018

 

I approached this cigar with trepidation. I’m a huge Cornelius & Anthony fan. I recently awarded the Aerial robusto five stogies, and I’ve rated others highly as well.

I’m not, however, a fan of Mexican San Andrés tobacco, the leaf used as wrapper on the Señor Esugars line. But there have been a few cigars with San Andrés in the blend that I’ve enjoyed, usually because they haven’t had what I think of as the tobacco’s typical taste.

So, I had to wonder how this would turn out.

The line comes in four sizes, ranging from a Gordo (6 x 60) down to a Corona Gorda (5.5 x 46). The Robusto has an MSRP of $9.75.

Aesthetically, this 5-inch, 52-ring gauge robusto is stunning. The dark wrapper is virtually flawless with a slightly gritty feel. Its pre-light aroma did seem pretty typical of Mexican tobacco.

That was confirmed when I lit it up; along with a bit of spice was the dirt taste I so often associate with San Andrés. As I smoked down, there was also some coffee, nuts, and, occasionally, spice and sweetness. At about the halfway point, the Mexican dominance dropped a few degrees and the flavors became more balanced.

The filler is Nicaraguan and the binder is an undisclosed U.S. leaf. Like other Cornelius & Anthony smokes, they’re rolled in Estelí, Nicaragua, at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory and feature double bands.

And, like other C&A cigars I’ve smoked, Señor Esugars perform flawlessly. The two I tested burned evenly, had excellent draws, and produced lots of smoke.

The cigar’s unusual name has a somewhat winding origin. Brand owner Steven Bailey’s dog is named Oscar, but nicknamed Mr. Sugars. Señor Esugars evolved from that. The cigar box showcases a fine line drawing of Oscar (sporting a derby and holding a cigar lengthwise in his mouth) and a smiling Bailey in the background.

This, for me, is the toughest sort of cigar to review. It’s definitely well made and utilizes quality tobacco. For someone who’s a fan of San Andrés tobacco—and, obviously, lots of folks are, judging by the leaf’s popularity boom in recent years—I think Señor Esugars should definitely be on the try-it list.

But, for my palate, the flavors just aren’t quite there. I rate it three and a half stogies out of five.

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George E

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4 Responses to “Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars Robusto”

  1. Cigar Seeker Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:45 am #

    Heads up George: The graphic shows 4 stogies.

    • Patrick A Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:16 am #

      This has been fixed. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

      Of note: The error was not George E’s fault; let’s place all the blame with Patrick S.

  2. Ted Langly Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    George: I also have an aversion to San Andres wrappers. I generally don’t like cigars that have them. Curious to know what cigars you have enjoyed that have San Andres wrapper. For myself, EP Carrillo’s La Historia is an exception.

    • George E. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Ted – Cigars with San Andres that I enjoyed that most readily come to mind are (like you) La Historia and La Flor Dominicana’s La Nox (San Andres isn’t the wrapper but the binder).

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