Lustrum is a term used to describe a period of five years. Southern Draw is celebrating its 5 year anniversary with a special cigar series named after this period: LUSTRUM. The company plans a similar release every 5 years. Production will be limited to 25,000-75,000 each release. The first in this series will make it’s debut at IPCPR 2019: Kudzu LUSTRUM.
Kudzu was one of the company’s original releases when the company began in 2014. This special version of the cigar, Kudzu LUSTRUM, uses a Medio-Tiempo Habano wrapper with Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and vintage Nicaraguan long-leaf filler. The cigar is described as medium+ strength and features a box-pressed shape.
Medio Tiempo is a priming of tobacco that grows on the very top of the plant an is only found in a select few plants. It is strong and reserved only for higher end cigars typically, especially used as a wrapper.
“If we were entering a BBQ cook-off this summer and only had a single cut of meat to submit to the judges, the LUSTRUM would be a consensus choice by the family. Offering extravagant and rather pricey vintage tobaccos at a blue collar price, a thank you to those who have supported the brand over the last five years. We think we have a cigar worthy of celebrating the first five years of Southern Draw – a family company that by the Grace of God and for the love and support of an industry – has made it longer and been more consistent than many expected. Enjoy the LUSTRUM and share your feedback and reviews.” Robert Holt – Founder.
Kudzu LUSTRUM is being rollled, as in all other Southern Draw cigars, at A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co. in Esteli, Nicaragua. It comes in a single size, a Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 (box pressed). The cigars are packaged in 10-count paper mazos and only 2,500 of those were made. The packaging features hand drawn art depicting the family’s prior military service and the history of the brand. The Kudzu LUSTRUM is priced at $11.89 each or $118.99 per mazo.
Cigar Dojo will hold a live reveal of the cigar during IPCPR at their booth on Saturday June 28th at approximately 10 a.m. Robert Holt will also be the guest on an episode of Smoke Night Live sometime in July, TBD.
Another version of this cigar, the Kudzu LUSTRUM Toro, was released at the JC Cigar event Smokin’ in the Carolinas earlier in the month. Those will also be offered at select Case de Montecristo and JR Cigar retail locations. That cigar measured 6 x 52 and came in 20 count boxes. Only 220 boxes were made.