Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Aerial

Cornelius & Anthony Aerial




“My family has been growing tobacco within our region of southern Virginia since the1860s. My longstanding admiration and appreciation of fine cigars prompted the idea to pay homage to my family’s tobacco history and dedication to the leaf with a premium cigar company bearing the name of my great-great grandfather, Cornelius.”

Steven Anthony Bailey



Sometimes the road to a great cigar is the path less traveled. From the beautiful rolling fields of Virginia, the Bailey Family is one of the oldest names in tobacco ancestry and has emerged as part of America’s tobacco heritage.


For 150 years the Bailey family has passionately cared for the land they cultivate in Keysville, Virginia. The company is named after Cornelius Bailey, the first known Bailey family member to farm tobacco in the southern piedmont section of Virginia, and Cornelius & Anthony’s founder, Steven Anthony Bailey.



Aerial is a beautifully sophisticated blend created with old world Cuban style. This Ecuadorian Connecticut is a handsome cigar with refined complexity. Nicaraguan filler tobaccos sing as they marry with its US grown binder, leaving a lingering sweetness on the palate with its velvety smoke. Your time is precious, we invite you to smoke something truly extraordinary.



  • 6 x 60 Gordo
  • 6 x 50 Toro
  • 5 x 52 Robusto
  • 5-5 x 46 Corona Gorda




The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is a much lighter offering from a company that’s had previous releases notable for it’s more than full bodied bite. The light brown wrapper has very noticeable seam, tooth and vein. The cigar has many soft spots, no doubt from the lighter thin wrapper.

Rolled in the Robusto format the vitola has a rounded cap with a wide 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 an elegant look. 

The secondary band is primary solid orange with two white lines circling the circumference of the wrapper. In the middle is the name of the cigar reading “AERIAL” in white font on a solid orange background. Pre light aroma had notes of figs, marshmallows and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of rich butter, dried fruit and cream.








A pleasant aroma of warm cedar off the toasted foot, after combustion flavors of milk chocolate and leather with a coating of a mild black table pepper dusting. Background flavors of raw cinnamon and floral notes.

Spice is consistent in the form of a black table pepper dusting covering the entire palate and notable in between draws. The retro is producing mild black pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.




Entering cruise control flavors of chocolate, plain Cheerios, honey and hazelnut.

Background flavors of plain wheat toast, brown cinnamon spice, cedar char with nuances of honey. The retro is producing consistent mild black pepper evolving into flavors of milk chocolate.




Heading into the final third flavors of toasted Cheerios, plain wheat toast, brown cinnamon spice and rich hazelnut with continuous nuances of chocolate active on and in between draws. Background flavors of dried fruit, charred cedar and mild orange peel zest.

The spicy element has remained consistent with a black table pepper dusting, never overpowering the core flavors, balanced and tasty. The retro has increased slightly producing white pepper evolving into consistent flavors of milk chocolate.




CONSTRUCTION: The construction of the C&A Aerial was solid despite the softer feel of the vitola. Zero inconsistency’s or blemishes.


BURN: The burn was faster on one side on all three examples. Eventually it caught up but late in the final third.


ASH: The Ash was lighter grey with dark grey accents. Jagged on two examples holding to about an inch then falling off with little effort.


CUT: V cut all 3 examples


DRAW: The Draw was completely wide open resulting in an over abundant amount of cedar filled aromatic smoke


RE LIGHTS: Combustion was consistent with several attempts to straighten out the burn


STRENGTH: Recommended as a morning cigar breakfast has a new companion. A myriad of cedar, milk chocolate and flavors I can only describe as Brown spice associated with Fall. The C&A Aerial was in the straight MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse that would pair beautifully with morning coffee or an evening Scotch.



Cigars for review: IPCPR Samples, Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 89

Size: 5 x 53 Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: USA

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona

Addition Information and media: Cornelius & Anthony

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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