Southern Draw Cedrus
Size: 5.5 x 52
Vitola: Belicoso Fino (The Hogan)
Binder: Nicaragua (Habano 2000)
Filler: Nicaragua (Habana ’92, Corojo ’99, and Criollo ’98), Dominican Republic (Piloto Cuban)
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Southern Draw Cigars
Prelight: The wrapper has a pungent barnyard aromas of manure, dirt, and straw. The foot is very similar, except the aromas are less defined and it’s just an overall barnyard aroma. The cold draw has flavors of straw, dry cocoa, and soil. Visually, this Cedrus The Hogan is very appealing. The belicoso fino vitola looks exceptional and the olive and cream colored label catches the eye, while also driving home the military background.
Beginning: The first few puffs are loaded with black pepper spice, starting the Cedrus off with a bang! The pepper spice calms down quickly and becomes a spicy tingle on my tongue and throat. There is a vegetal note here and there, but I am really starting to notice (and love) this smokey, peach note that is forming. There are also notes of cedar. The black pepper spice is dominating throughout, but these other flavors are present too, and they keep it from being a one note, pepper bomb. That being said, the Cedrus comes out of the gate strong. A solid medium to medium-full in both the strength and body categories. The burn and draw are spot on, with a nice, tight ash.
Middle: The pepper really fades back here. The strength and body calm down right along with it. The profile is very woody now, with a long dry finish. There aren’t a ton of flavors, until…the retrohale. Then there is a burst of, very smokey, cream, vanilla, and toasted bread. Pretty amazing combination there for sure. This third ends with a mainly bready profile, with woody after notes and a dry finish.
End: The smoke has built up gradually throughout, and it has gotten quite thick and white by this third. The Cedrus is a solid medium in strength and body now, a slow decline from the first third. Bland bread notes, muted black pepper, and a creamier finish are present here.
Final Thoughts: More. More. More. The presentation is awesome, the cigar is legit, and experience was top notch. I don' think they are making enough of these...
Rating: 94 AKA “Box Purchase”