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Sans Pareil Lancero LE (purple band)

This cigar has a mostly smooth wrapper with some veins towards the head. The foot smells of light cocoa. Cutting with a Colibri deep V. Full disclosure, this was a gift and is definitely out of my price range. The cold draw is perfect.

The initial flavors are very full with hints of cocoa and fig. The burn started uneven but has already corrected itself. The retrohale is very smooth. The body of the cigar is a very pleasant medium to full. There is plentiful pleasant smoke.

In the first third the flavor profile is medium bodied with a rich tobacco flavor. So far I have not been able to detect any other flavors. The cigar is very good, just very one dimensional. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third a bit of earthiness joins the flavor profile. The smoke is very smooth, both on the palate and in the retrohale. A very pleasant cigar without much complexity, which I understand some people prefer.

Approaching the final inch some cedar notes join the flavor profile. Overall this is an excellent cigar, but I doubt I’ll smoke it again due to the price point.

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Dunbarton Sobramesa Creme Brulee Robusto

This cigar has an utra-smooth wrapper. There are light vanilla notes in the foot. The cold draw is perfect. Cut with a Colibri Deep V.

Initially the cigar is very smooth but with light white pepper notes both on the palate and in the retrohale, creating a good complexity from the start. As the flavors settle in the pepper subsides and a creamy vanilla note comes to the fore. The burn is excellent.

In the first third the pepper stays far in the background, almost teasingly. For a lighter cigar, this one has plenty of body, as well as pleasingly thick and aromatic smoke. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third the flavor profile builds a bit. It suggests that this cigar would pair well with a good cognac. Anyone suggesting that this cigar too light is smoking it too fast. The burn remains perfect.

This is a great light to medium bodied cigar. Definitely the lightest in the Dunbarton line-up. But it is still a very satisfying smoke; perfect for those who like to start their day on the lighter side. The construction is immaculate and the complexity is very interesting. And the finish is very pleasant.

Approaching the final inch, the cigar remains excellent. From construction to flavor profile, I find little to no flaws in this cigar.98 tiff

Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder Brimstone

Well constructed Figurado with a very smooth dark wrapper. The bunch is firm and the draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a cold Topo Chico.

The initial flavors are very earthy with coffee and dark cocoa. The retrohale is surprisingly smooth. The burn is excellent.

In the first third the strength ramps up as the burn clears the hump. This is definitely a full bodied cigar and I’m glad I ate first. A cloying sweetness creeps into the flavor profile. The burn remains perfect.

During the second third a crack appears in the wrapper. The burn remains even across the split. Some cinnamon has joined the flavor profile, which remains otherwise consistent. The retrohale remains very smooth.

Approaching the final inch pepper joins the flavor profile, both on the palate and in the retrohale. This is definitely a must have for all fans of the Jacob’s Ladder line. The spiciness has been kicked up for an excellent flavor profile.

Southern Draw Cigars updates package design

Southern Draw Cigars has been growing like wildfire over the last five years and as a result the company has stacks of used cigar boxes on its warehouse shelves, has noticed empty boxes piled in the corners of its valued retail partners and even in the garages of its most supportive customers.  The growth has also attracted some unwanted attention and the company opted to address it with an updated package design. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars updates package design

Southern Draw Cigars commemorates its LUSTRUM

 

Once every five years, Southern Draw Cigars plans to release a special onetime blend to celebrate the family’s commitment to the growing brand.  To be known as the LUSTRUM- meaning a five year period, the limited production offerings will be very small batches of 25,000 – 75,000 total cigars.  The first special blend is scheduled for release at IPCPR 2019.

The company has designated the initial release as the Kudzu LUSTRUM, celebrating the original Kudzu cigar blend offered by Southern Draw Cigars which was first produced by our exclusive factory partner A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co. in 2014.  The blend of this limited production Nicaraguan puro is comprised of a thick and oily Medio-Tiempo Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and vintage Nicaraguan long-leaf filler tobaccos delivering a harmonious balance of what the company characterizes as medium+ strength, flavor and aroma finished in an elegant box pressed format. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars commemorates its LUSTRUM

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

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.

Continue reading Plasencia Cigars to Introduce Alma del Fuego at IPCPR 2019

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. Continue reading Jacobs Ladder – hail, fire and brimstone

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. Continue reading Southern Draw Cigars releases two retail exclusives