Category: The Monday Review

Every Monday ChristianCigarSmoker releases a brand new cigar review on the Monday Review!

The Monday Review – 10/26/20 – Protocol Probable Cause Red

The Monday Review:

Protocol Probable Cause Red
October 26, 2020

Cigar Name: Probable Cause (Red)
Company Name: Protocol Cigars

MSRP (per stick): $9.89
Size:
6.5 x 48
Role Type: Churchill

Flavor Profile: Medium/Full Bodied

OVERALL RATING: 3.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 4.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 2.5
Flavor Rating: 4.0
Value Rating: 3.0

Description: The Protocol Probable Cause (Red) comes in two rolls. This review is based on the 6.5 x 48 Churchill stick, although it also comes in a 7.5 x 38 Lancero. It has a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder, and a Nicaraguan long-filler. Protocol Cigars makes this cigar in Erik Espinosa’s famous La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

This cigar is the most full flavored of Protocol’s Habano cigars and the fragrance and cold draw are reminiscent of this fact. The foundational flavor profile tends to transform over the course of the smoke, it starts slightly sweet and tangy, not unlike a teriyaki jerky and becomes more dry and woodsy towards the end. This foundational flavor supports consistent flavors of chocolate and pecans with a light pepperiness. This may seem like an odd amalgamation of flavors but they blend surprisingly well. The Probable Cause has a lavish flavor that borders on the decadent without ever stepping over the line into the excessive.

The construction of the Probable Cause is solid but persnickety. The draw is consistent from stick to stick and the draw strength is right in the sweet-spot, likewise the burn time is consistent and on par with what one expects from a Churchill of this size. On the other hand, I have learned after smoking a dozen or more of them that the Probable cause is a very unforgiving cigar. The normal storage range for a cigar is between 65% and 72% humidity. Most cigars can push this range as long as it is not for a long period of time. However, I have found with this cigar that is not the case, and in fact, the range may be even tighter than that. when the cigar pushes the top of the range it tends to burn unevenly and require frequent relights and near the bottom is quickly becomes prone to splitting and unwrapping. I have also found that the collar often sticks to the wrap meaning removing tends to damage the cigar. Don’t get me wrong, these are small complaints and when the cigar is cared for to it’s exacting standards it is remarkably consistent and well constructed.

Comments: Overall the Probable Cause is my favorite of the Protocol cigars that I have tried and I would recommend any seasoned cigar smoker give it a try at minimum, especially if you like medium to full-bodied cigars or those with a Habano flavor profile.

It so happens that a regional rep for Protocol tends to spend time at The Wight Puff, which is the local preferred lounge for the ChristianCigarSmoker guys. While this was not a consideration for this review, I do have to say I have been impressed by how the company approaches creating a quality cigar and their devotion to their craft.

The protocol Probable Cause (Red) was created by Bill Ives and Juan Cancel and made in Nicaragua as is the rest of the Protocol line.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 10/5/2020 – JFR Super Toro

The Monday Review:

JFR Super Toro
October 5, 2020

 

Cigar Name: Maduro Titan
Company Name: JFR (Just for Retailers)

MSRP (per stick): $5.49
Size: 6.5×52
Role Type: Toro

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 3.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 2.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 4.0
Flavor Rating 3.5
Value Rating: 4.5

Description: In the case of this Maduro, the filler and binder blend is 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The finishing wrapper leaf is Nicaraguan Habano Maduro, making this not only a maduro cigar, but a Nicaraguan puro as well.

This cigar has a remarkably consistent construction. Clocking in at a 6.5 x 52 with a pig tail finish it has a nice open draw. This is not a cigar you will need to relight often and the burn is consistent, not given to canoeing. The one thing to watch out for with this stick is that it has a covered foot which tends to drop flakes of burning wrapper on the initial light. This usually occurs when you stop your initial draw, so just watch out.

The Super Toro does not have much front end flavor on the cold draw but leaves you with a rich milk chocolate after taste that sits on the back of your palate. That same chocolate flavor is present in the cigar early in the smoke, however, that particular flavor tends to fade out over the life of the cigar. As the chocolate fades out it gives way to the dominate flavors of aged leather, hey, and cedar. This cigar is set to provide hours of cool, intense smoke and a slow, relaxing burn. The blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, help to create a balanced, flavorful smoke.

Comments: I have to admit this is one of those cigar that I am known for among my friends. It has become a go to for me particularly when I am buying from a retailer and not online. I happen to be a fan of both Nicaraguan Maduros and low prices and this is a stick that defiantly ticks both of those boxes.

This is a cigar that is super well rounded, it is solid in just about every area, and has a nice long relaxed burn with a good draw. Between the length of the burn and the quality of the flavor the thing about the Super Toro that truly stands out it the value. You will be hard pressed to find a better, long lasting cigar for the money. If you like Nicaraguan Maduros this is certainly one you should check out when you next get the chance.

JFR stands for “Just For Retailers,” and they mean it. Look for them online will yield very limited results and a few years ago it was impossible to buy these online. They’re made by Tabacalera Tropical, and originally they were blended by none other than Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia. Or so the story goes. Pedro Martin successfully escaped the Castro regime in the early 60’s and subsequently spent almost two decades in the American tobacco industry before he entered the cigar market with Tropical Tobacco in 1978.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 9/28/20 – Archetype Curses

The Monday Review:

Archetype Curses
September 28, 2020

Cigar Name: Curses
Company Name: Ventura Cigar Co.
Line: Archetype

MSRP (per stick): $9
Size:
5 x 50
Role Type: Robusto

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 3.0
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating: 3.5
Value Rating: 2.0

Description: The Archetype Curses is a 5 x 50 Robusto stick, it has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan Habano binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. Ventura Cigar Co. makes this cigar in their Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua factory, where it has been in regular production since 2018.

This cigar has a very interesting cold draw with a nice molasses flavor to it. The flavor of the cigar during the burn is different however, the predominate flavors I tend to get for the majority of the smoke are oak, chocolate, and toasted coconut. When first lit there is none of the harsh bite that plagues some cigars, but through the first quarter of the cigar there is a building of pepper in the smoke that mellows away before the halfway point.

This stick has good and consistent construction cigar to cigar. It has a nice open and even draw, that does not require relights. I have found that it occasionally needs some evening out but not too much. It has a nice soft construction feel without being loose or flimsy.

Comments: The Curses it part of the Archetype line from Ventura Cigar and the line has three different blends. In addition to Curses there is Cloak which is a box pressed cigar with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and Crystals which has Nicaraguan sun grown Habano wrapper. All three blends come in a Robusto (5 x 50) and have a Nicaraguan filler.

This cigar has tended to smoke for right around an hour and a half per stick. If you a multiple cigar per night kind of person and you tend toward medium to full bodied flavors as I do I would suggest this a great stick to start the night with. It’s mellow start and well rounded medium body make it an excellent jumping off point. If you like lighter cigars I would suggest moving this stick towards the back of your evening lineup to build to the flavor it has over time.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 9/21/20 – AJ Fernandez Enclave

The Monday Review:

AJ Fernandez – Enclave
September 21, 2020

Cigar Name: Enclave
Company Name: AJ Fernandez

MSRP (per stick): $7.50
Size:
6.5 x 52
Role Type: Figurado

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 2.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating: 2.0
Value Rating: 2.0

Description: The Enclave comes in four different roles, this review uses the Figurado (6.5×52) but it also comes in a Churchill (7×52), a Robusto (5×52), and a toro (6×52). The Enclave has an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, a Cameroon binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. It is made in the Tabacalera factory in Nicaragua.

This cigar has a very mellow cold draw without a lot of flavor. However, when the smoke begins the flavors begin to come out. The primary flavors that come to the forefront are sandalwood, graham cracker, and black pepper, with a hint of straw on the after taste. This all combines for a medium or perhaps medium to mild body.

The Enclave has an excellent look in both design and construction, as one might expect from an AJ Fernandez stick. I have found each stick to be consistent in construction and burn. The burn has been nice and even with a draw towards the open end of the spectrum. One small caution is that this stick has a tendency to smoke hot and fast unless you are deliberate about taking your time. This is most likely due to the fact it tends to be more on the open side.

Comments: The name Enclave is a nod of respect to the Native American culture and the artwork on cigar reflects this. I tend to see a lot of use of Native American imagery in the cigar industry to be tacky and pandering, but not in this case. The Enclave manages to project a feeling of dignity and respect.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 8/31/20 – Punch Gran Puro

The Monday Review:

Punch – Gran Puro (Nicaragua)
August 31, 2020

Cigar Name: Gran Puro (Nicaragua)
Company Name: Punch

MSRP (per stick): $5.25
Size:
5.5 x 54
Role Type: Robusto

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 2.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 2.0
Flavor Rating: 2.5
Value Rating: 3.0

Description: The Punch Gran Puro (Nicaragua) comes in four different sticks, Robusto (4.9×48), Robusto (5.5×54), Toro (6×54), and Churchill (7.5×54). They range in cost based on size from $5 to $6.25 per stick. This review is based primarily on the Robusto (5.5×54), however, each roll in this line is very similar and you can expect little variation from one to another. This cigar has a Connecticut Boradleaf Maduro wrapper, and a Nicaraguan filler and binder.

The Gran Puro (Nicaragua) has a good price point for what you get, so if you can get them near their MSRP price you are getting a good value with this cigar. As a general rule this cigar has a consistent reputation and getting a stick with a poor construction is rare, making this a cigar that gets the “old reliable” label from a lot of smokers. It tends to have a solid and evenly distributed burn with draw strength right in the middle of the usual range. Although it does tend to have a very stiff construction.

This cigar has a very mild cold draw, but it tends to start with a stronger flavor when first lit. This is one of those sticks that mellows as you smoke it, although the biggest change in flavor will come in the first half inch. For me the predominate flavors in the Gran Puro (Nicaragua) are caramel, pecans, and leather. It has a very small amount of spice mixed in and what spice is there is a fairly straight forward pepper. This is a cigar without any real sweet flavors except for the slightest hint of a sugary sweetness.

Comments: For me this is one of those cigars that I always enjoy but never seem to be drawn to if there is a good selection around. For me the Gran Puro (Nicaragua), like a lot of other Punch cigars or Fuentes, are the cigars I reach for when I find my self in a place with a limited selection. They are usually available in places that a lot of other gems are not. At the same time, I find that Punch and Fuente are better and more reliable than other cigar makers you typically find in a place with limited selection.

Punch will always have a special place in my heart as it was a punch cigar that served as my gateway cigar when I was a young man just getting into the premium cigar scene. I started smoking the Punch After Dinner Special and from there the cigar world started to blossom.

The flavor profile in the Gran Puro (Nicaragua) has that same distinct Punch style that can take me back. The biggest difference for me with the Gran Puro (Nicaragua) is the stiffness of the construction. I would not recommend this cigar for smokers that tend to clench while smoking like one might do with a pipe. The hard construction, particularly in the wrapper and binder, tend to render the wrapper brittle unless the cigar is conditioned at the higher end of the humidity range.

In the end if you are looking into a humidor with about 10 options available and you see a Gran Puro (Nicaragua) odds are it will be your best choice, and if you are looking into a humidor with 100 options odds are it won’t be.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 8/24/20 – Quick Draw (Habano)

The Monday Review:

Southern Draw – Quick Draw (Habano)
August 24, 2020

Cigar Name: Quick Draw (Connecticut)
Company Name: Southern Draw

MSRP (per stick): $4.99
Size:
4.5 x 44
Role Type: Corona Gorda

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 3.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating: 3.5
Value Rating: 3.5

Description: The Southern Draw Quick Draw comes in three distinct blends: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Habano. This review focuses exclusively on the Habano, for a deeper look at the other blends check out their reviews from our review library HERE. The Quick Draw (Habano) is a Corona Gorda with a rich classic coloring and a small pigtail cap. At 4.5 x 44 it is the smallest cigar made by Southern Draw, and at $4.99 per stick it is also the cheapest. For it’s small size it packs a great length of smoke, and for it’s low price it packs great flavor and quality.

The Quick Draw (Habano) has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. Like all Southern Draw Cigars it is made in Nicaragua.

There is something about the Quick Draw (Habano) that I find profoundly comforting. That may be odd way to describe a cigar but it is something that comes to mind as I reflect on the experience of smoking it. For me smoking this cigar is like settling back into a deep, fragrant leather arm chair with a bar of slightly spiced chocolate. This makes some sense as Chocolate, leather, and a slight peppery spice are the flavors that come to the forefront of my palette.

Comments: I have to admit I am a big fan Southern Draw. The main reason I am a fan is every cigar I have ever had from them has been excellent. They ooze quality and flavor, and the construction of each stick is consistent and very solid. As a bonus this seems to be a company with deep Christian roots and a passion for doing good in this world. Some of their cigar names even sport biblical names (Jacob’s Ladder and Rose of Sharon). For more cigars with biblical names check out our article “Biblical Cigars – The Complete List”.

As for the Quick Draw line, the only real complaint I have about them is that there isn’t more of each stick. It does have a good long smoke for it’s size, but a 4.5 x 44 is a bit small for my taste. Seeing as this is Southern Draw’s starter cigar it has incredible quality, and at just under $5 good value as well. The price point is not out of this world given it’s small size, but given the quality it is hard to complain too much.

If I am looking for negatives, I would say that while still good, the draw is a bit more tight than I like. A fact that has some irony given the name of the cigar is Quick Draw! Otherwise, my only knock is that the other cigars in Southern Draws line up (at lease that I have had) are even better than this one. In the end, if you like a smaller cigar this should go on your must try list.

Reviewers Note: This review is part of the Quick Draw series, for information on the other cigars in this series check out the Pennsylvania or the Connecticut.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 8/10/20 – Quick Draw (Connecticut)

The Monday Review:

Southern Draw – Quick Draw (Connecticut)
August 10, 2020

Cigar Name: Quick Draw (Connecticut)
Company Name: Southern Draw

MSRP (per stick): $4.99
Size:
4.5 x 44
Role Type: Corona Gorda

Flavor Profile: Mild

OVERALL RATING: 3.0
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 2.5
Flavor Rating: 3.5
Value Rating: 3.5

Description: The Southern Draw Quick Draw comes in three distinct blends: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Habano. This review focuses exclusively on the Connecticut, for a deeper look at the other blends check out their reviews from our review library HERE. The Quick Draw (Connecticut) is a Corona Gorda with a light traditional Connecticut coloring and a small pigtail cap. At 4.5 x 44 it is the smallest cigar made by Southern Draw, and at $4.99 per stick it is also the cheapest. For it’s small size it packs a great length of smoke, and for it’s low price it packs great flavor and quality.

The Quick Draw (Connecticut) has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. Like all Southern Draw Cigars it is made in Nicaragua.

Where the Pennsylvania puts you in mind of deep woody flavors with rich undertones, the Connecticut is more reminiscent of fresh cut lumber with sharp and slightly spicy undertones. This cigar has a less floral taste than some Connecticuts do. Instead it has flavors more inclined towards citrus and mild spice. The end result of this is a fresh and crisp flavor while remaining mild bodied. If I play a game of word association with myself the term that this cigar brings to mind is craftsman. This cigar does tend to start very mild but deepen with flavor over the life of the smoke (this is much better than if it progressed the other way around).

I have noticed a slight difference in the construction of the Connecticut as compared to the Habano and Pennsylvania. I believe this is due to the soft nature of the Connecticut wrapper. This impacts the mouth feel and the burn of the stick. On these points I prefer the other 2 sticks in the line. However, I seem to have the best draws when smoking the Connecticut. I am not sure if this has just been coincidence or if there is something about the soft nature of the wrapper that opens the draw a bit.

Comments: First off, I like to admit my bias right off the bat, and in this case I have working at cross purposes. On the one hand, I tend to have a general taste that moves away from the Connecticut flavor profile. I try to compensate appropriately in reviews to account for this. On the other hand, I have to admit I am a big fan Southern Draw. The main reason I am a fan is every cigar I have ever had from them has been excellent. They ooze quality and flavor, and the construction of each stick is consistent and very solid. As a bonus this seems to be a company with deep Christian roots and a passion for doing good in this world. Some of their cigar names even sport biblical names (Jacob’s Ladder and Rose of Sharon). For more cigars with biblical names check out our article “Biblical Cigars – The Complete List”.

As for the Quick Draw line, the only real complaint I have about them is that there isn’t more of each stick. It does have a good long smoke for it’s size, but a 4.5 x 44 is a bit small for my taste. Seeing as this is Southern Draw’s starter cigar it has incredible quality, and at just under $5 good value as well. The price point is not out of this world given it’s small size, but given the quality it is hard to complain too much.

If I am looking for negatives, I would say that while still good, the draw is a bit more tight than I like. A fact that has some irony given the name of the cigar is Quick Draw! Otherwise, my only knock is that the other cigars in Southern Draws line up (at lease that I have had) are even better than this one. In the end, if you like a smaller cigar this should go on your must try list.

Reviewers Note: This review is part of the Quick Draw series, for information on the other cigars in this series check out the Pennsylvania or the Habano.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 8/3/20 – Juarez Willy Lee

The Monday Review:

Juarez Willy Lee
August 3, 2020

Cigar Name: Juarez Willy Lee
Company Name: Crowned Heads
Line: Juarez

MSRP (per stick): $6.95
Size: 6×54
Role Type: Toro

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 2.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 2.0
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating 2.5
Value Rating: 2.5

Description: The Juarez Willy Lee is a 6 x 54 Toro, it is made in Nicaragua, with a blended Nicaraguan and Dominican filler, an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The Juarez also comes in a 5 x 56 and a 4 3/4 x 52 Robusto. This cigar was inspired by Johnny Cash and is made by Crowned Heads as an affordable alternative to the Jericho Hill cigar line. The predominate flavors that comes through the profile is a woodsy oak, floral, and crisp freshness. This cigar leaves a semi-dry finish that has just a slight hint of chalkiness, that is not unpleasant. A solid preforming cigar with straight forward flavors that are not overwhelming and good draw and burn.

Comments: They say that the Juarez was created by Crowned Heads as an affordable alternative to the Jericho Hill line. In this case I wish they wouldn’t have told me that. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of an affordable alternative to the Jericho Hill, as that is a great cigar line. However in this case finding this out raised two problems for me. One, it raised my expectations for this cigar above the point where it could deliver. I never expected it to be as good as the Jericho Hill but I did expect more than I got. The other problem is that when you tell me it is an alternative to a more expensive line, I expect it to have a similar flavor profile that reminds me of that other line and the Juarez isn’t even close. In fact, the Juarez reminds me exactly not at all of the Jericho hill by flavor, feel, and smoke. If you told me the Juarez was an affordable alternative to a different line I might have guessed something like the Punch Gran Cru, or the Room 101 6×60.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 7/20/20 – The Black Diamond

The Monday Review:

The Black Diamond – Emerald
July 20, 2020

Cigar Name: The Black Diamond – Emerald
Company Name: Diamond Crown
Line: Black Diamond

MSRP (per stick): $20.50
Size: 6×52
Role Type: Parejo

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 4.0
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 4.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.5
Flavor Rating 4.0
Value Rating: 2.5

Description: The Black Diamond line sports three different cigars. This review is is specifically for the Black Diamond Emerald, which is a 6 x 52 Parejo. However, each of the three cigars is very similar in most respects and the other two sticks are the Black Diamond Radiant (4.5 x 54 Robusto) and the Black Diamond Marquis (5.25 x 56 Corona). The Black Diamond is aged 5 years and has a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, and a Dominican filler and binder. It evokes a broad flavor palette that includes definite notes of chocolate, leather, pepper, and cream.

Comments: The Black Diamond line is produced through the combined efforts of the Fuente family and JC Newman Cigars, although it is distributed under the Diamond Crown name. With these two power house names behind the stick it was no surprise to me that it was a very good smoke.

I had the opportunity to smoke one just recently at the Davidoff Lounge in Tampa just outside of Ybor City. Which I felt was fitting given the proximity to a large part of the JC Newman operation. This is one of those cigars that has a bit of a reputation and for that reason it has gathered both its avid fans and stalwart critics. I end up being closer to the side of the fan, yet without being enamored with every aspect of the stick. The Black diamond is the quality you would want or expect from a $20.50 cigar, but neither does it exceed expectations.

The thing about this cigar that stands out most to me is the superb way the various flavors blend together during the smoke. I find this cigar to have more peppery notes than many other reviewers. For me when it comes to cigars with notes of spice or pepper, a little is often nice but as soon as it starts to get strong, instead of blending with the other flavors, the spice or pepper starts to fight and clash with the other flavors. In the black diamond I detect a boldness to the spice and pepper flavors, that at the same time does not feel like it is in a fight for dominance, but rather part of a harmonious dace with the other flavors that are present.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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The Monday Review – 7/6/20 – Southern Draw, Quick Draw

The Monday Review:

Southern Draw – Quick Draw (Pennsylvania)
July 6, 2020

Cigar Name: Quick Draw (Pennsylvania)
Company Name: Southern Draw

MSRP (per stick): $4.99
Size:
4.5 x 44
Role Type: Corona Gorda

Flavor Profile: Medium

OVERALL RATING: 3.5
(note all ratings out of 5.0)

Appearance Rating: 3.5
Roll/Burn Rating: 3.0
Flavor Rating: 4.0
Value Rating: 3.5

Description: The Southern Draw Quick Draw comes in three distinct blends: Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Habano. This review focuses exclusively on the Pennsylvania, for a deeper look at the other blends check out their reviews from our review library HERE. The Quick Draw (Pennsylvania) is a Corona Gorda with a maduro coloring and a small pigtail cap. At 4.5 x 44 it is the smallest cigar made by Southern Draw, and at $4.99 per stick it is also the cheapest. For it’s small size it packs a great length of smoke, and for it’s low price it packs great flavor and quality.

The Quick Draw has a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. Like all Southern Draw Cigars it is made in Nicaragua.

It has a unquestionably deep woody flavor with rich undertones. Many reviews mention cocoa and espresso tones and while I definitely detect those notes, the flavor that is more on the nose for me is pecans. The flavors have a smooth blend and a great finish that is just slightly dry (kind of like pecans do). As a bonus this cigar has a very pleasant aroma and a full flavored cold draw that entices you to light it up.

Comments: First off, I have to admit I am a big fan Southern Draw. In fact, I am surprised it has taken us this long to review one of their cigars and I am sure it will not be the last. The main reason I am a fan is every cigar I have ever had from them has been excellent. They ooze quality and flavor, and the construction of each stick is consistent and very solid. As a bonus this seems to be a company with deep Christian roots and a passion for doing Good in this world. Some of their cigar names even sport biblical names (Jacob’s Ladder and Rose of Sharon). For more cigars with biblical names check out our article “Biblical Cigars – The Complete List”.

As for the Quick Draw, the only real complaint I have about it is that there isn’t more of it. It does have a good long smoke for it’s size, but a 4.5 x 44 is a bit small for my taste. Seeing as this is Southern Draw’s starter cigar it has incredible quality, and at just under $5 good value as well. The price point is not out of this world given it’s small size, but given the quality it is hard to complain too much.

If I am looking for negatives, I would say that while still good, the draw is a bit more tight than I like. A fact that has some irony given the name of the cigar is Quick Draw! Otherwise, my only knock is that the other cigars in Southern Draws line up (at lease that I have had) are even better than this one. In the end, if you like a smaller cigar this should go on your must try list.

Reviewers Note: This review is part of the Quick Draw series, for information on the other cigars in this series check out the Connecticut or the Habano.

Person Reviewing: Pastor Smokey (aka. Doug Goodman)

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