One of the people I missed at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas this year was Robert Holt of Southern Draw cigars. With the looming FDA legislation, Robert decided to focus his attention and energies on new releases before August 8th.

The Code Duello is the result of that focus, and it’s a very interesting concept. Packaged as a two pack, the cigar is intended to be shared in a cigar duel of sorts. The purpose is to settle disputes in a civilized manner.

Available in either a Firethorn or Kudzu blend, they are sold as a two pack. Each two pack consists of a box pressed perfecto in either a 5x58 or a 6x56 option.


Vitola: Perfecto (Box pressed)

Size: 6” x 56 Ring Gauge

Wrapper:  Habano Oscuro

Binder:  Nicaraguan (Cuban Ometepe)

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point:  $10.98 / $21.95 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s Samples

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.


“Robert Holt has another get cigar release on his hands with the Code Duello Kudzu. “




Check out my video review here:



The nose on the Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu was sweet leather on the wrapper with some spices underneath. On the foot I’m getting some cedar and hay.

Even though it’s a perfecto, I used my Xikar v-cutter and found the draw to have some resistance, but with lots of satisfying smoke production.

The initial flavors are rich spices, with more sweet intensity on the retrohale. I’m also picking up some sweet cedar on the regular draw. The spices settle into a medium strength level, with an undercurrent of leather supporting it.



Getting into the middle third and the ash is still holding on, with a nice clean burn. The sweetness picks up going into the middle third, which has the effect of muting the spices. On the retrohale the sweetness, spices, along with some pepper, still have significant intensity. The leather from the first third is being displaced by the cedar, which continues to pick up in intensity. By the end of the middle third the cedar is dominating the regular draw.

The cedar continues moving up in strength to a medium plus going into the last third. On the retrohale the cedar is pushing aside some of the sweet spices, with delayed pepper on the post draw.

Total smoking time 1 hour and 32 minutes.

Robert Holt has another great cigar release on his hands with the Code Duello Kudzu. A great cigar, with an interesting concept of dueling cigars to go with it.

I’ll be on the hunt for more of these the next time I’m visiting the US.


Surgeon’s Rating:  90 AKA “Box Split”

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