Southern Draw Cigars expands the CEDRUS line. National launch date announced.

The award winning CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 will now have shelf mates in humidors across the country as the Southern Draw Cigars family announces three NEW line extensions for IPCPR 2019.  Each release is part of the Anniversary releases the company will share throughout 2019.

“The CEDRUS blend once again showcases a powerful “late harvest” Besuki wrapper that was grown in the fertile soils of the Jember Region of Java, the finishing touches on a unique blend that we believe is in a class all by itself.  Our family was blessed to source this rarely available, top-quality wrapper, with its’ rich brown color, distinct “green chili” spice flavors and herbal aromas that are attributed from being expertly air-cured followed by a multi-stage fermentation process,” offered Robert Holt – Founder of Southern Draw Cigars.  “The new line extensions embrace the uniqueness of the entire blend, including the use of  an aromatic Habano 2000 grown under cloth in Esteli and the bold Habana 92 (a hybrid originating from the Corojo of Cuban origin) grown in isolated Quilalí, a high mountain region about 160 miles north of Managua.  This “alphabet soup” of distinct tobaccos, form an artful composition known as C-E-D-R-U-S”, added Holt.

The Southern Draw Cigars family will celebrate the NEW releases during a National Launch Event with long time valued retail partner Club Humidor of San Antonio, Texas on August 2, 2019. (Event time is TBD).  The CEDRUS boxes and bundles will be on display for the very first time in Booth #3061 during IPCPR 2019 – Las Vegas, NV from June 28 – July 2.  There will be a limited number of samples made only available to select media members that have supported the brand and current valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars, whose accounts are also in good standing.

Country of Origin:  Nicaragua

Factory:    AJ Fernandez Cigar Co., Esteli, Nicaragua

Wrapper:  Besuki TBN – Indonesia

Binder:      Habano 2000- Esteli, Nicaragua

Viso:          Piloto Cubano – Dominican Republic

Criollo 98 – Esteli, Nicaragua

Seco:         Habana 92 – Quilali, Nicaragua

Ligero:      Corojo 99 – Jalapa, Nicaragua


Robusto 5.5 x 54 (box pressed)

Toro 6.0 x 52 (box pressed)

Gordo 6.5 x 60 (box pressed)

Number of Cigars – 50,000 per size released for 2019, full production of 100,000+ cigars in all subsequent years

Packaging:  20 count boxes (standard SDC boxes) and 20 count refill bundles (standard Southern Draw Cigars boxes apply)

Price – $11.99 – $12.99 each MSRP

Release Date – August 2, 2019 – National Launch Event – Club Humidor (San Pedro), San Antonio, Texas

Ship Date – August 15 & October 15 & December 15, 2019 – for all IPCPR 2019 orders

To make an appointment for Booth #3061 at IPCPR 2019, please email as CEDRUS will sold on a first come, first served for valued retail partners.  General inquiries about Southern Draw Cigars may be addressed by visiting or submitting them directly to 

Soli Deo Gloria –

Plasencia Cigars to Introduce Alma del Fuego at IPCPR 2019

MIAMI – June 5, 2019 – Plasencia Cigars, one of the world’s leading premium tobacco growers, announces the launch of  Alma del Fuego, the third of five cigars that make up its signature Alma Series. The official debut will take place at this year’s International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show, from June 28 – July 2 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We are beyond grateful and excited for the opportunity to launch the third cigar of our already popular Alma Series collection at IPCPR, amongst our fellow cigar aficionados,” announced Nestor Andrés Plasencia, CEO of Plasencia Cigars. “Alma del Fuego is a manifestation of our ongoing commitment to offer top-quality cigars to both our retailers and consumers, and to continue building on our family’s over 150-year tobacco legacy.”


Alma del Fuego, which translates to “Soul of the Fire,” is a representation of the volcanic soils that stem from the iconic Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, the land where the majority of the filler tobacco leaves for this cigar were harvested. A 100 percent Nicaraguan blend, Alma del Fuego radiates passion and amplifies Plasencia Cigars’ efforts to provide the industry with a high-quality and innovative smoke.

The new cigar offers a hint of spice, complemented by savoring notes of tangerine, roasted cashews, and guava wood. Plasencia Cigars has carefully selected sun-grown wrappers from its fields in Jalapa Valley to further enhance the cigar’s strength and sweetness. In comparison to traditional wrappers, the leaves used to craft the Alma del Fuego receive a higher amount of sunlight exposure, highlighting the cigar’s bold and complex notes.


The Alma del Fuego will be available in three sizes: the Candente, a 5 inches by 50 ring gauge robusto; the Flama, a 6 ½ inches by 38 panatela; and Concepción, a 6 inches by 54 toro. The newest cigar of the Alma Series will be available to consumers mid-July in a ten-count box that doubles as an ashtray.


For more information, visit, and follow @PlasenciaCigars on social media.


About Plasencia Cigars

Plasencia Cigars is one of the world’s leading growers of first-class tobacco. The Plasencia family has been pioneering the industry since 1865 when Don Eduardo Plasencia began growing tobacco in Cuba, and five generations of the Plasencia family have continued the legacy.  Today, Plasencia Cigars produces more than 35 million handmade cigars per year, and harvests tobacco on more than 3,000 acres across several countries in Central America, including Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.

Jacobs Ladder – hail, fire and brimstone

Southern Draw Cigars’ boldest blend will rain down its vivid interpretation of wrath with the Jacobs Ladder – hail, fire and brimstone – the names applied to each of its triple ligero filler tobaccos.

Brimstone, a moniker referencing the Bibles’ passages about fiery torment, is the fifth size of the Jacobs Ladder and uses a patiently aged Pennsylvania Broadleaf USA wrapper, a Maduro USA binder and a potent new filler combination consisting of three different ligeros from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  The Brimstone is a very full bodied, full flavored bomb that burns uniformly and yields a beautiful white ash.  The company believes this new size of Jacobs Ladder remains #boldbutapproachable and it is hand-made by AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Jacobs Ladder is the popular cigar blend named in part for Ethan Jacob, the son of Founders, Robert & Sharon Holt.  A limited number of samples of the new 6.0×56 perfecto will ideally be available from the hands of Ethan Jacob who has plans to share this line extension with media members and current valued retailer partners of Southern Draw Cigars.  The unveiling of the Jacobs Ladder – Brimstone (the name was shortened to fit on the secondary bands and boxes) is scheduled for June 30, 11 a.m. in Booth #3061. The company is keeping images of the new releases under wraps to further benefit those that attend IPCPR.

The Jacobs Ladder – Brimstone will be available in the 6.0×56 perfecto size and will be priced at $11.99 MSRP, available in 20 count boxes and 20 count refill bundles.  Total production for 2019 is 75,000 cigars and is scheduled to be released in equal amounts in July, September and November. Shipping dates are subject to our stringent quality control process.

The Brimstone is only available to current valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars (account must be in good standing) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis beginning at the official unveiling. 

Please direct all questions, comments to  To set IPCPR appointments for media or retail partners please email

For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners and reviews, please visit us at

Soli Deo Gloria!   

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.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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

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