Southern Draw Cigars has announced Jacobs Ladder – The Ascension as a new Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive for 2021. Starting next year, it will be available elsewhere as well. The format is a 5.5 x 52 Belicoso Fino. This special version of the Jacobs Ladder has been rolled and aging since 2016 and is made to honor the 21st birthday of Ethan Jabob Holt, the person after which the cigar is named.
"I really enjoyed this experience. If there were no draw issues at the beginning I would have been even more enchanted with it. There were enough sweetness and shifting of core flavors that I never found myself bored and towards the middle, I found the smoke became almost honeyed in texture. I certainly recommend picking one up and could see myself keeping a fiver on hand." -Alan (Eulogy)
"This is another cigar that hits my profile perfectly. A deep chocolatey Maduro with savory flavors and a lot of spice. The nicotine definitely picks up in the final third so you do have to watch out for that a bit, but as long as you are prepared this is a stellar blend. My only complaint is the fact it actually smoked faster than I expected at 2 and a half hours, and would not hold an ash for anything. I do admit I have a pretty good idea what this cigar is since Maduro Presidente cigars are pretty rare, but I have never had a chance to smoke it before." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder was introduced back in 2016. Fast forward to mid-2019 and the company added a fifth vitola in the line called the "Brimstone." Not only was this a new size, but included an additional ligero leaf, making it an even stronger version of the company's strongest blend. Now, Southern Draw is releasing that stronger blend in two new sizes: Oblivion and Un Presidente.
"I won't lie; I have a love-hate relationship any time I come across a lancero. When done properly, they're typically the best means of expressing a profile for me. The problem is the consistency overall with them. Some require constant relighting if you're not tending to it perfectly with your draws, some burn super hot when you do, others draw like you're trying to suck a marble through a straw. None of these experiences are ideal in my book. Fortunately, this one gave me none of these problems. It was a nice profile mix of chocolate and cinnamon with some heavy doses of pepper starting out. I'd be willing to smoke it again, but probably not enough to run out and pick up a box or two. " -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
"The flavors on the cigar were interesting and complex from the get-go. While the strength never passed a solid medium the taste was a journey starting with a sweet floral beginning into the more spicy cedar middle followed by a super complex end with nuts and pepper. The ash and burn were pretty much perfect. My only real complaint was how fast it smoked timing in at just over an hour. I will be grabbing some more of whatever this is for a nice morning cigar." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
"This is surely a solid choice for anybody looking for a mild smoke with a great body. I think it was the body that impressed me the most. It really gives full body on the palate but the flavors are still fairly light as is the strength. This could easily be an "any time" cigar that I will enjoy again. " -Isaac M. (The Nothing)
Southern Draw is offering a new cigar in honor or Veterans and decades-long military service in Augusta, Georgia, the Firethorn - Augusta. The new iteration of the Firethorn features a new logo and blend. The new logo was designed byt Arizona-based JMG Graphic Works.