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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