Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza 

Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Venganza is rolled at the La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, and features an Ecuadorian wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The Venganza is rolled in Four sizes a Gordo 6 x 60, Toro 6 x 50, Robusto 5 x 52 and a Corona Gorda 5.5 x 46 all will be released in boxes of 20. The cigar is positioned as a “rich and flavorful powerhouse”. The cigar will be produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory and made its debut at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show.


The Venganza will feature art work for the 1876 patent form of The Bailey Machine Gun. It was designed by Fortune Bailey and was a rapid machine fire gun that was sometimes referred to as the Gatling Gun. Cornelius & Anthony is the premium cigar arm of S & M brands. S & M Brands is owned by the Bailey family who have over 150 years experience in the tobacco business. Today they operate one of the largest tobacco operations in Virginia. The company is named for S & M founder Cornelius Bailey and current owner Steven Anthony Bailey.

Available Sizes

  • Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46
  • Robusto: 5 x 52
  • Toro: 6 x 50
  • Gordo: 6 x 60


The Ecuadorian wrapper on the Venganza is dark coffee bean in color and oily with notable seam, tooth and vein. The cigar is solid to the feel with no palpable soft spots or blemishes. The vitola has two bands with the primary bearing the company’s name of “Cornelius & Anthony” with an ornate design of a “C and A” in gold font. Below reads “EST 1866”. The secondary band in blood red in color with gold trim and gold font bears the name of the cigar “VENGANZA” the red contrast with the dark wrapper gives it a striking, yet elegant and bold appearance. The cigar has a rounded cap with a wide open foot. Pre-Light aroma had flavors of chocolate, vanilla bean and floral notes. The cold draw produced flavors of powdered cocoa, leather and natural tobacco.


First light produced flavors of strong black pepper felt all the way in the back of the throat down to the stomach. Right off the bat getting a nice blast of nicotine. Background flavors of cocoa bean, coffee and a sweet nuance of mocha added to the long semi sweet and spicy finish. The retro was producing full flavors of black pepper evolving into a taste of powdered cocoa.


The black pepper has mellowed slightly with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate, cedar and leather. The vitola is still producing blasts of nicotine and I’m feeling it’s full effect, however not as strong as first light. The retro is still producing black pepper evolving into flavors of warm chocolate.


Black pepper in the final third has decreased significantly allowing the core flavors of chocolate, coffee, and a floral sweetness to move up front. A slight sour element of raw dark chocolate mixed with leather added to the unique profile. The retro is producing minimal pepper allowing flavors of chocolate right through the nose.


The construction of the Cornelius & Anthony Venganza was solid all the way through. The burn line was straight, however beware, the ash was extremely loose and flaky. My shirt payed the price on the first example smoked for review, lesson learned and I made sure the next two examples were tapped off quicker than I normally like. The draw produced the perfect amount of resistance on the v-cut that resulted in huge thick plumes of creamy white smoke. The strength of the Venganza was in the HIGH MEDIUM to FULL bodied range that produced a multitude of enjoyable flavors. The vitola was raw, complex and balanced from first to final on all examples smoked for review.


  • Black Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Mocha
  • Leather
  • Chocolate, Bitter Dark Chocolate 
  • Cedar
  • Retro Black Pepper Evolving into Warm Chocolate




SIZE: 5 x 52 ( Robusto)





2 Responses to “Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza ”

  • Rob Malgieri Rob Malgieri:

    Cornelius & Anthony Venganza
    5 x 52 Robusto

    The Vengaza is a tightly packed cigar and the wrapper is an oily dark brown with an earthy, peppery aroma. At the foot, I am also getting a lot of pepper. Pre-light draw is nice and easy with a strong tobacco sweetness

    First Light
    -Red pepper, chocolate, charred oak, molasses
    There is a lot of red pepper on the front end of the Vengaza that stays long after the smoke is exhaled with a sting all the way to the back of the throat. Oh, and there’s the chocolate. Charred oak smokiness and just a touch of molasses sweetness round out the First Light portion of the cigar. So far, full strength for this one.

    -Red pepper, dark chocolate, charred wood, slight molasses, leather, touch of coffee
    The red pepper is tapering off just a tad while the pepper bite in the mouth continues. The molasses sweetness is minor while the chocolate is trying to work past the red pepper and is evolving into a dark chocolate. Wood char is still present, but is not screaming cedar or oak. I am also getting a very chewy smoke in the mouth feel.

    Burn line is a little wavy and the smoke is a rich gray in color. The light gray ash is hanging on nicely for me at close to the halfway point. The pepper blast has fallen off just enough to make the Vengaza more enjoyable with less bite. Maybe because I gave the cigar a little rest, or my mouth, or both, while shooting the photo. This is a major favorable turn in my evaluation of the Vengaza. But this is still a strong cigar.

    Final Third
    -Red pepper (although mellowed a bit), charred wood, dark chocolate, leather, subtle coffee
    The red pepper has mellowed, but the dark chocolate, molasses, charred wood, minor coffee and leather are fighting to come to the surface.

    I am not sure if the wrapper is an Ecuadoran Habano, or an Ecuadorian Habano hybrid. Unless there is some real spicy Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler and binder, I would guess this is an Ecuadorian Habano-Corojo hybrid with all of the red pepper.

    I have to say this is a full strength cigar. The red pepper tapers a little but strongly sticks to the Vengaza, until the final third where it mellows to a more palatable level. The other flavors are really trying to push to surface and get past the pepper. I wish they were able to be more prominent.

    Overall, I like the Vengaza, but it might just be too much pepper for my preferred flavor profile. If you like a strong, pepper-filled cigar experience, the Cornelius & Anthony Vengaza is your ticket. I am giving lots of rating points for construction and draw as well as this being a full strength powerhouse.

    Rating: 89

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Wow! I am thoroughly impressed with this cigar!! Still have one left in the humi and will be picking up some more soon!!

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