Founded by U.S. Veterans, Southern Draw Cigars is based upon the principles of the Southern Gentleman. Respect for others, women and the common courtesies that have become less common lately. That's the Southern part, the Draw portion refers to their effort to produce cigars with a perfect draw. I reviewed the Kudzu last week, if you want to check that one out too.
Firethorn by Southern Draw Cigars
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Habano Rosado
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez (Esteli, Nicaragua)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by Southern Draw Cigars
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: The prelight aroma and cold draw are mild, with lots of cedar notes, and a very muted spice.
Beginning: The first puffs off the Firethorn are very flavorful. The main body is a creamy cedar, with some really nice buttery notes. At times the aftertaste is nearly identical to buttered popcorn. The draw, burn, smoke and ash were all spot on as well.
Middle: Much to my delight, the creaminess continues on into the second third of the Firethorn. It’s a little less creamy, bu still there is a lot of cedar notes and hints of the buttery flavors. Burn and ash are still spot on.
End: In the final third, the profile loses the butter & creaminess, but retains the cedar. There is a little bit more spice here, though it is still very subdued. This third is sharper in profile, but still only a medium body/strength. Burn is straight and smoke is thick.
Final Thoughts: Good cigar. I really enjoyed the creamy, buttery notes and they mixed well with the cedar and slight spice notes. Not to mention great construction and spot on burn. I’d smoke one anytime.
Rating: 88 AKA "5 pack"