"With the exception of the middle portion, I was pleased with the experience. There were periods of very nice flavor and this would be enough for me to revisit this in the future. There was some power in this one so beginners beware…drink a beverage and you’ll probably be fine. Overall this was a nice way to finish an evening." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
For their next project, Southern Draw is turning the reins over to their 10,000 most loyal consumers, valued retail partners and media members. The company has created a very modern Quick Response (QR) portal, accessed from any mobile device, to allow participants to input valuable information including cigar reviews, ratings and recommendations. That data that will be used to determine a new brand to be launched by Southern Draw Cigars in 2023 and a similar campaign that will bring a follow up launch in 2024. For years consumers have offered to test Southern Draw blends test blends, and in some cases, they did. However, the company wants to empower them by harnessing the power of the crowd, to heed their collective feedback and to deliver a product chosen by them, meaning cigar blend, size, and format.
"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)
"This is a story of the individual parts of this cigar. Initially, I wasn’t convinced I would enjoy the smoke because it really blasted my sinuses on the retro. Each portion, however, changed so significantly that I almost felt like I was smoking a totally new cigar after the transition. Because of the transitions, I was fully engaged with the smoke and really enjoyed it. I would gladly smoke another!" -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
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.)