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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.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

–George E

photo credit: C&A Cigars / Stogie Guys


6 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).

  3. Ted Langly Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    George – Just smoked a La Mission du L’Atelier. Enjoyed this San Andres wrapped cigar very much. Give it a try if you have not already.

    • George E. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

      Ted – I think I may have smoked one a while back, though I’m not sure. I’ll definitely put it on my to-smoke list. Thanks.