The first line from the new look Cornelius & Anthony will begin shipping next month. In a nod to the past, and perhaps the idea that simpler is better, the line is called Cornelius.
The line gets its name from Cornelius Bailey, great-great-grandfather of Steven Bailey and the first of the five generations of the Bailey family to run the family tobacco company that was established in 1866 and is best known for its line of Bailey’s cigarettes as well as several other lines of cigarettes and machine made little cigars.
The company turned to El Titan de Bronze in Miami to produce the cigars, with an Ecuadorian wrapper and binder over Nicaraguan filler. Three sizes are being produced, a Toro (6 x 50, $15), Robusto (5 x 50, $13.50) and Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46, $12). The company describes the cigar as offering layers of sweetness and spice with a buttery smooth finish.
Todd Vance, director of sales, told halfwheel the cigar is expected to ship on March 1.
At last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, the company showed off Meridian, a new PDR Cigars-produced line that was supposed to be part of the company’s renewed premium cigar efforts. It was released but is no longer part of the company’s plans going forward.
Charlie Minato contributed to this report.
Update (Feb. 10, 2016) — The original version of this story indicated that Meridian was not released, it in fact was.