Southern Draw is a relatively new company out of Texas who’s cigars are manufactured at Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. (A.J. Fernandez) in Estelí, Nicaragua. Currently, they have four blends in their portfolio: The Kudzu, Firethorn and the petite corona Quick Draw’s that come in Habano and Pennsylvania broadleaf.
southerndrawcigars.com provides a little info about the Quick Draw.
The Quickdraw, petite corona size, is the newest edition to the Southern Draw line of custom-blended cigars. Each has been specially blended to complement medium and robust styles of craft brews, boutique wines and spirits. The wrappers are rich and full of natural oils with a choice of Ecuadorian Dark Habano, and the more complex Pennsylvanian Broadleaf. Both blends have been double fermented and enhanced by using Cuban seed Nicaraguan binder and filler.
Country of Manufacture: Nicaragua
Rolled: Tabacalera Fernandez S.A.
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
MSRP: Approx. $5
Sample: Provided by Southern Draw Cigars
Age: 1.5 Months
Quantity smoked: 3
The Quick Draw Pennsylvania is a rugged looking petite corona with a few prominent veins, a pig-tail cap and a closed foot. The wrapper is dark, splotchy, and is rough to the touch. The wrapper has aroma of bitter dark chocolate and peaty earth. Cold draw is slightly snug (just right for me), and provides earthy flavors with vegetal tones and mild sweetness.
Sour-earth and dark chocolate flavors emerge on light up with black pepper on their heels. Some sweetness slowly rises from obscurity where it plateaus an inch in, struggling to take shape. The smoke leaves a chalky texture on the palate and the retro-hale has a slight wax note. Meanwhile I notice a barnyard quality to the aromas which manages to match the rustic look of the cigar. Sweetness picks up further moving towards the half but never seems to overtake the dark finish. Construction is quality with an even burn, excellent smoke production and solid ash all the way to the halfway point. Medium-Plus body and strength.
Not long after the exact halfway point, the earth comes to the forefront, dominating the profile as the dark chocolate slinks slightly backwards. Some of the waxiness on the retro-hale from the previous half dissipates, replaced by a slight bready, creamy vanilla element which I really enjoy. The pepper takes on more of a freshly ground peppercorn taste/aroma and the cigar improves greatly as the sweetness finally peaks through, balancing the smoke. These changes culminate in a short-lived climax because a quarter-inch past the half-way mark and the cigar takes on a darker, more bitter profile for the home-stretch. Here the flavors on the finish are mainly gritty, earthy, dark roast espresso. Into the nub territory the bitterness spikes leaving a smoky, charred taste in the mouth. Finishes as a medium/full-bodied smoke with some strength which is surprised me mainly because of the petite corona format.
The Quick Draw Pennsylvania delivers moments in the brief smoking experience that are fairly delicious but it ultimately falls flat. The straight-forward rustic profile lacks balance, and unfortunately, the sweetness never finds its foothold. It’s not as if the cigar lacks richness but I couldn’t get along with the sour finish in the first third that preceded the good moments and the developing bitterness that followed. On the bright side, each and every sample was well constructed and provided a straight burn and excellent smoke production.