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.
Kudzu by Southern Draw Cigars
Size: 5.5 x 54
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
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 wrapper has strong notes of cocoa, fermented tobacco and some heavy barnyard smells. The cold draw is very smooth and clear, with soft notes of hay & dry cocoa.
Beginning: The Kudzu starts with a heavy dose of earthiness and some cocoa resting in the background. As this cigar progresses, the cocoa note gains strength and actually becomes sweeter. The earthiness remains up front though, just not by as much. I touch up a few points that occur in the burn, but it's nothing major and the smoke production is thick and white.
Middle: As I enter the second third of the Kudzu, the profile makes a very nice change. The earth and cocoa/chocolate merge and the two sort of ferment. By that I mean that the flavors meld with the fermented tobacco notes from the prelight, and create an entirely new flavor. Very tasty, I must say. I wanted to say sour, but that didn’t do it justice. Fermented chocolate and tobacco is much better.
End: Starting this final third were a few bitter spots, but so far a purge and slow down have cleaned them up. I start to notice more spice on the retrohale at this point too. The profile loses all the earth, cocoa and sweetness in the final third. In it’s place is a lot of dry wood notes, including some smokey wood. Still a solid profile, but I am really missing the previous flavors.
Final Thoughts: A very solid cigar, the Kudzu had some high points for me, but ended on a lesser one. The beginning and middle had some very unique notes that I really enjoyed. I never felt the need to just put it down, so that's always good. Not a bad first cigar for me from Southern Draw.
Rating: 86 AKA "A Couple" - If I was in a shop, I would pick up one or two.