Southern Draw Cigars releases two retail exclusives

May 23, 2019 – Austin, Texas

Southern Draw Cigars and Cigars International today announces the release of two private blends, Fraternal Order White and Fraternal Order Black, both of which are being produced in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The Fraternal Order blends are distributed exclusively through all CI retail locations, and will be available for purchase Friday, May 23rd in limited quantities.

“Cigars International is a great partner for Southern Draw Cigars and these retail exclusive releases exemplify their dedication to our growing partnership with their retail stores, hard-working staff and loyal consumers.  Private label products are becoming increasingly popular among cigar smokers and allow Southern Draw Cigars to fulfill the high-demand retail consumers “needs and wants” for new and innovative products outside of our regularly scheduled releases.  We offer a BIG thanks to the retail staff and managers for the months of blind tasting and their feedback that led to selecting the two blends we are offering today,” said Robert Holt – Founder of Southern Draw Cigars.

Jeff Kocher, VP of Merchandising added “Cigars International is proud to collaborate once again with Southern Draw Cigars on these two new exciting projects for CI Nation.  Both Fraternal Order blends are crafted at AJ Fernandez’s factory and are must-tries for fans of Robert Holt’s previous releases.  We believe they’ll be a great addition to the CI retail stores, and to the humidors of those who love complex, Nicaraguan blends.”

General Information:


Fraternal Order White – Barber Pole

  • Wrapper: Ecuador & Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic

Fraternal Order Black – San Andres Maduro

  • Wrapper: Mexico
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras

Initial sizes for both NEW blends

  • Fraternal Order White – Toro (6.0 x 52)
  • Fraternal Order Black – Gran Gordo (7.0 x 60)

Packaging Info:

Cigars are packaged in 10 count dress mazos or bundles with embossed stickers and matching bands.

Production – Limited Production for 2019

The Fraternal Order blends will only be available through Cigars International’s retail locations including Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Downtown) and Hamburg, Pennsylvania and The Colony, Texas.

For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners, cigar blends and reviews, please visit us at our new website:  Please LIKE us, FOLLOW us & TWEET us – Facebook/Southern Draw, Instagram/SDCIGARS and Twitter/@SDCIGARS.

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Roma Craft Weaselitos

This cigar is a TPC initially intended for the European market. The San Andreas wrapper is mostly smooth and dark. The foot smells of coffee and tobacco. The draw is perfect.

The initial flavors are coffee and earthy. The retrohale has quite a bit of pepper. The burn is very even.

This is a small but very full bodied cigar. In the first third there is pepper on the tip of the tongue. The smoke blankets the palate with a touch of leather joining the flavor profile. The retrohale is still quite peppery. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third a hint of cedar joins the flavor profile. The complexity of flavors for such a small cigar is amazing. The burn remains perfect.

Approaching the final inch the flavor profile remains consistent, a very pleasant blend. And the construction is immaculate. A perfect coffee cigar.


CLE Habano 4×60

At the 2018 IPCPR, CLE released their core line in a 4×60 format. Today I will review the Habano wrapper with a cold Topo Chico.

The wrapper is very smooth and nut brown. The foot smells of nutty flavors. The cold draw is perfect.

The initial flavors are bolder than the typical Habano , probably because of the increased amount of filler tobacco. The burn is excellent.

In the first third the flavor profile the flavors are nutty, earthy and a little dry. The retrohale is very smooth and clean. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third the dry aspect of the flavor profile has been replaced by some sweetness. The smoke is very smooth and plentiful. The retrohale remains very smooth. The burn remains perfect.

Approaching the final inch some pepper notes appear in the retrohale. The flavor profile remains excellent. Very good complexity and excellent construction make this a very good cigar. I will probably stick with the smaller ring gauges but this is still a very nice smoke.


Press Release | IPCPR Announces New Head of Federal Affairs

Press Release | IPCPR Announces New Head of Federal Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IPCPR Announces New Head of Federal Affairs
Contact: Scott Pearce | (202) 849-6042 |  IPCPR Announces New Head of Federal AffairsJoshua Habursky Joins IPCPR Lobbying Team Washington, DC, May 1, 2019—The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers’ Association (IPCPR) has announced that Joshua Habursky will be the organization’s new director of federal government affairs.

Habursky most recently served as the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America where he was named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyist list and AssociationTRENDS 2019 Top Association Lobbyist. Josh previously worked in government relations roles with the American Diabetes Association and American Motorcyclist Association and is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Habursky is widely known for specializing in grassroots campaigns having founded and chaired the Grassroots Professional Network in 2016. Josh provided grassroots consulting services for IPCPR for the past year for federal campaigns on

“Joshua brings an impressive background of proven experience in advocacy, both grassroots and grass tops,” said Scott Pearce, IPCPR executive director. “Not only is he accomplished, but Joshua is an avid cigar lover and will bring serious dedication and passion to his work to advocate for our industry. I’m confident that he will continue to build on the great work of his predecessor and implement some innovative ways for us to carry our message forward,” Pearce said.

John Anderson, IPCPR Vice President and Chair of Federal Affairs Committee, was most impressed with Harbusky’s dedication to the industry. “Joshua has already been working with us to help get our message out to larger audiences as a side project. He has a great grasp of our issues understand what is at stake and I have no doubt he will hit the ground running,” said Anderson. Harbusky will begin on May 1 and can be reached via email at

Founded in 1933, the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) is the oldest, largest and most active trade association representing and assisting retailers of premium tobacco products and their suppliers. IPCPR is a not-for-profit trade association recognized as the “Voice of Authority and Reason” on premium tobacco related issues. For more information visit

Plasencia Cigars and Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911 Launch Exclusive Belicoso

Plasencia Cigars and Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911 are excited to announce the collaboration release of Plasencia Cigars for Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911, an exclusive belicoso. The limited-edition 300 count box will be released on May 2, in New York City at the Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911 flagship store located at Brookfield Place, for an exclusive VIP reception, followed by a ticketed event that is available to the public. The cigar will be available for sale exclusively at Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911 flagship stores in the United States, and online at

Partagas 1845 Toro

This cigar has a very smooth dark wrapper and a firm box press. The burn is perfect as is the cold draw. This afternoon’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.

The cigar begins very mild with basic tobacco and cedar notes. There is a very light pepper note in the retrohale. The burn is very even.

In the first third the draw has opened up and the cigar is burning a bit warm. The flavor profile has taken on a sharpness. The burn has started to canoe.

During the second third the burn remains an issue, even after two touch ups, but starts evening out the slower I smoke. The flavors remain consistent and the smoke is very smooth. The cigar has developed into a much more medium body. The retrohale is very smooth.

Approaching the final inch the canoeing starts again. Probably a fluke with the cigar resulting from imperfections in the bunch. The flavors remain consistent with a nice complexity, but the burn problem detracts from the overall enjoyment of the cigar. 85


Cornelius & Anthony Premium Cigars are featured in one of Neiman Marcus’ infamous Fantasy Gifts in their 2018 Christmas Book.

Announced at a launch party in New York City on Thursday, October 18th, Cornelius & Anthony cigars are a highlighted component of “The Ultimate Clubhouse” fantasy gift. Continue reading CORNELIUS & ANTHONY is featured in the NEIMAN MARCUS 2018 CHRISTMAS BOOK

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