The team at Cornelius & Anthony expanded their famed Cornelius line of cigars in 2017 with the introduction of a new londsdale vitola. I recently got my paws on this cigar and I have to say, this tall beauty is crafted as well as its other siblings in the lineup. I don’t always review multiple vitolas of a company’s blend, but in the case of the Cornelius, I really enjoyed this particular vitola and since I had already reviewed the toro, close to two years ago, I figured it was time for a re-look. Of course like all vitolas in the Cornelius lineup, this is made in the USA at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida.
The Cornelius londsdale has the same rocking blend as the rest of the line which is described as:
- Wrapper – Ecuadorian
- Binder – Ecuadorian
- Filler – Nicaraguan, Dominican
This 6.5 x 42 lonsdale, has an MSRP of $13.50 and it has been added to the regular production availability.
The question you may have is; How does it stack up to the other vitolas? Follow along and let me break it down for you.
The Cornelius londsdale is finally constructed cigar with a medium tan wrapper with a decent oily sheen. There just a few light veins noticeable along the barrel and it is finished with an expertly applied triple cap. I did find the wrapper to have less of a satin feel to it than the toro I reviewed in 2016.
When it come to pre-light aromas, there were notes of spice, hay, and tea off the foot and a sweet and fermented leaf along the barrel. I would say the foot was quite similar to 2016 toro but the wrapper was sweeter than the earth back in 2016.
Once the cap was sliced, the cold draw delivered pepper and cinnamon spice notes through a nice restriction. Once again the earth was missing from what I experienced in the 2016 toro.
I have been enjoying the pre-light experience but now it was time to take the Cornelius londsdale on a journey. I enjoyed two samples for this review. In hind site I should have left one in my do not touch box but I wanted to be sure of the notes on this especially considering the earth note missing in the pre-light.
Cigar Review Notes
- Delectable buttery and pepper smoke to start
- Pepper recedes and gives way to the pre-light cinnamon
- Delicious brown sugar sweetness envelops the cinnamon as the burn takes form
- Light grey ash develops with a razor-thin char line
- The ash falls gently after an inch of burn, which is not uncharacteristic of a londsdale
- Hint of walnut spikes in the second inch of burn
- Maple syrup aroma enters adding the pleasure
- Coffee notes move in and out
- Spice and sweetness are core notes so far
- Perfect burn so far – ash drops every inch or so
- Mild cedar enters midway
- Moving past the midway, the flavors have blended well
- Aroma shifted to a sweet floral close to the final third
- Spice builds going into final third as the sweetness diminished
- Medium Strength
- Total Smoking Time was 1 hour and 35 minutes
Overall, the Cornelius londsdale was a flavorful cigar that performed effortlessly with a pristine burn from foot to nub. I found the flavor profile to be similar to the Cornelius toro I reviewed back in 2016 with the exception of the final third where the sweetness was overtaken by the spice and the strength maintained at a medium where the toro spiked in the final more towards full. if asked which of the two I prefer, I would say the londsdale with its spicy finish; but that is just me.