Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars was kind enough to send us some samples of his QuickDraw Connecticut, Habano and Pennsylvania Broadleaf line. We recently had Robert on Sharing Our Pairings to do some beer pairings with the QuickDraw Connecticut.
I’ve been looking forward to the review of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf, as Broadleaf tends to be solidly in my wheelhouse for flavors.
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the QuickDraw PA Broadleaf was rich, syrupy, molasses with some leather lingering underneath. Some light hay and dry wood out of the foot.
Using my Xikar v-cutter I had a great draw right off the start. I’m getting a rich sweetness, with some leather and a distinct chewiness. Complex spices are coming through on the retrohale. The sweetness is like molasses in that it has layers of sweetness, with a trailing pepper that lingers on the post draw. At the halfway point of the first third there’s a subtle vegetal note that starts to come through. It’s tough to pick up as the sweetness and spices are dominating the flavor profile.
The spices and pepper that were so prominent in the first third, really ease up in strength as the QuickDraw PA Broadleaf progresses into the middle third. As the middle third settles in the flavor profile has evolved into chewy sweetness, with the sweetness increasing in intensity at the end of the draw as more of a honey flavor.
As the cigar progresses into the last third there’s a barbeque smokiness that enters into the mix. As the last third settles in the profile stabilizes with the initial chewy molasses, intense honey sweetness at the end of the draw, barbeque smokiness, and then some post draw spice post draw. At the halfway point of the last third I detect a sour fruit note.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The QuickDraw Pennsylvania Broadleaf is going to appeal to full bodied cigar smokers who enjoy a flavor profile that’s very in your face.
One of the great things about the Southern Draw Cigars website is that they have recommended pairings. I would reach for bourbon, rum, or a strong ale.