Review: Southern Draw QuickDraw Connecticut

Southern Draw Cigars is based on the vision of the traditional “Southern” Gentlemen. A brand founded by U.S. Veterans, they already have 3 lines on the market with the Kudzu, Firethorn, and QuickDraw in a Habano or Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. The QuickDraw Connecticut extends the QuickDraw line, available as the Petit Corona (4-1/2x44) or a Short Panatela (5-1/2x40).

What I appreciate on their website is that they take the time to list recommended pairing in beer, wines, and various spirits.

 

Vitola: Short Panatela

Size: 5-1/2” x 40 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan (Ometepe)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Condega)

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $6.00 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer Sample

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

 

“I don’t often rate cigars in the box buy category, but when I do it’s a good sign to have them high on your buying list.”

 

 

Check out my video review here:

 

Surgeon’s Rating: 94 AKA “Box Purchase”

Nosing the QuickDraw Connecticut produces significant amounts of hay and leather. On the closed foot I’m picking up some dry wood, possibly cedar.

I used a single Xikar v-cut on the pigtail cap, and draw is good.

The initial draws reveal some sweetness, I want to say Smores. There’s delayed cedar and a hint of delayed leather on the post draw. On the retrohale some dry cedar develops and serves to balance out the sweetness.  All of the flavors here are at a light level, with the sweetness at a medium minus to medium intensity. The sweetness reduces in strength as the first third progresses.

 

 

In the middle third the sweetness picks up with some lingering, light pepper on the post draw. Some spices start to develop as the QuickDraw Connecticut settles in. It serves to push the sweetness aside and round out the profile. As the middle third winds down there’s a subtle milk chocolate flavor that mixes in with the spices and sweetness.

The chocolate flavors carry into the final third. No other flavor transitions in the last third as the profile winds down with a combination of chocolate, sweetness, and light pepper.

Total smoking time 1 hour and 16 minutes.

The QuickDraw Connecticut was nothing short of outstanding. I don’t often rate cigars in the box buy category, but when I do it’s a good sign to have them high on your buying list.

 

Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

I found myself, throughout the review process, wanting to pair the QuickDraw Connecticut. I think bourbon, coffee or a malty ale would be great choices to compliment this cigar.

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Comment by HardlyClerkin® on June 14, 2016 at 9:47am

This sounds perfect, great review sir

Comment by Charlie on June 14, 2016 at 1:45pm

I know the Kudzu was right in my wheelhouse...this should be in HC's big time!

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