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Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac 

Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars is happy to release their second line, Daddy Mac. Daddy Mac is a tribute to Steven Bailey’s father Mac Bailey. Daddy Mac is produced at the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. 

The line will be initially released in 4 sizes and presented in boxes of 20. The Daddy Mac has a Brazilian wrapper and Ecuadorian binder that are complemented by Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The blend is medium-to-full bodied with a layered complexity of sweetness and spice that dances on the palate. This beautifully crafted blend has a superior balance of flavor. Owned by the Bailey family, Cornelius & Anthony is steeped in tobacco tradition. The family’s rich history in tobacco dates back 5 generations. For 150 years, the Bailey family has passionately cared for the land they cultivate in Keysville, Virginia.



Mocha brown in color the wrapper has notable tooth and vein with seams. A rounded cap with an open foot the Vitola has two bands with the primary bearing the company’s name of “Cornelius & Anthony” with an ornate design in gold font looks to be a C and an A. Below reads “EST 1866” primary colors are gold grey and black filigree giving the design a most elegant look. The secondary band is primary color is grey with gold font reading “Daddy Mac”. Pre light aroma with notes of sweet cedar and natural tobacco.


Upon first light flavors of bitter leather, oak, and malt. Black pepper is present with background flavors of coffee and chocolate.


The Daddy Mac is still producing black pepper on the palate, leather, coffee and woody notes of cedar and oak are prominent.


Black pepper has decreased in intensity but still producing spicy notes in-between draws. Flavors of leather and orange peel are in the background with nuances of coffee and roasted almonds with a long finish.


The retro produced blasts of white pepper throughout the entire smoking duration. The mix in contrast with black pepper on the palate was producing flavors of dried fruit, black cherry and raisin.


The construction of the Daddy Mac was excellent! The darker colored ash held past the inch point with a razor straight burn line. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance that produced large amounts of thick white smoke. The strength of the Daddy Mac was in the FULL BODIED range but never wavered on balance and flavor.


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Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Cigars Purchased from: Boiling Springs Wine & Cigar

Cigar Smoke Rate: 9.1/10

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Brazilian

Binder: Equadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan

Factory: La Zona Nicaragua
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