BACKGROUND: Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars is the new cigar division of the Bailey family’s 150-year-old tobacco company: S&M Brands Inc.
Under the Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars banner, the company enters fully into the premium cigar market with the highest level of quality in both tobacco and manufacturing.
The premiere release is the Cornelius, which pays homage to Cornelius Bailey, the original owner of S&M brands and the great-great-grandfather of current owner, Steven Bailey. Cornelius was the first of 5 generations of Bailey’s to run the family tobacco company that was established in 1866.
Cornelius cigars are produced at the El Titan de Bronze factory in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, under the supervision of owner Sandra Cobas. The Cornelius blend is a straightforward 2-country blend, with the wrapper and binder coming from Ecuador and with a filler of Nicaraguan leaves.
Cornelius comes in 3 sizes and is presented in boxes of 20.
This week’s featured stogie is the 6-inch by 50 ring gauge Cornelius Toro.
FEATURED LIBATION: Re:Find Rye Whiskey
For this blend, Re:Find worked with Central Coast brewers, BarrelHouse Brewery and SLO Brew, to create the custom recipe of rye, wheat, and barley. They then fermented, distilled, and aged the whiskey in 15 gallon whiskey barrels. This Rye weighs in at 93-proof (46.5%ABV).
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
- NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: Doc’s annual Central Coast Herf
- Doc talks about taking his Ham Radio exam
- Doc relates his camping experience of last week
SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”
Christina and Doc answer questions from listeners