Monday, June 10, 2019

Southern Draw Announces expansion to the CEDRUS line

Southern Draw Cigars expands the CEDRUS line.  National launch date announced.

The award winning CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 will now have shelf mates in humidors across the country as the Southern Draw Cigars family announces three NEW line extensions for IPCPR 2019.  Each release is part of the Anniversary releases the company will share throughout 2019.

“The CEDRUS blend once again showcases a powerful “late harvest” Besuki wrapper that was grown in the fertile soils of the Jember Region of Java, the finishing touches on a unique blend that we believe is in a class all by itself.  Our family was blessed to source this rarely available, top-quality wrapper, with its’ rich brown color, distinct “green chili” spice flavors and herbal aromas that are attributed from being expertly air-cured followed by a multi-stage fermentation process,” offered Robert Holt – Founder of Southern Draw Cigars.  “The new line extensions embrace the uniqueness of the entire blend, including the use of  an aromatic Habano 2000 grown under cloth in Esteli and the bold Habana 92 (a hybrid originating from the Corojo of Cuban origin) grown in isolated QuilalĂ­, a high mountain region about 160 miles north of Managua.  This “alphabet soup” of distinct tobaccos, form an artful composition known as C-E-D-R-U-S”, added Holt. 

The Southern Draw Cigars family will celebrate the NEW releases during a National Launch Event with long time valued retail partner Club Humidor of San Antonio, Texas on August 2, 2019. (Event time is TBD). The CEDRUS boxes and bundles will be on display for the very first time in Booth #3061 during IPCPR 2019 – Las Vegas, NV from June 28 – July 2. There will be a limited number of samples made only available to select media members that have supported the brand and current valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars, whose accounts are also in good standing.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co., Esteli, Nicaragua
Wrapper: Besuki TBN – Indonesia
Binder: Habano 2000- Esteli, Nicaragua
Viso: Piloto Cubano – Dominican Republic
Criollo 98 – Esteli, Nicaragua
Seco: Habana 92 – Quilali, Nicaragua
Ligero: Corojo 99 – Jalapa, Nicaragua
Robusto 5.5 x 54 (box pressed)
Toro 6.0 x 52 (box pressed)
Gordo 6.5 x 60 (box pressed)
Number of Cigars – 50,000 per size released for 2019, full production of 100,000+ cigars in all subsequent years
Packaging: 20 count boxes (standard SDC boxes) and 20 count refill bundles (standard Southern Draw Cigars boxes apply)
Price – $11.99 – $12.99 each MSRP
Release Date – August 2, 2019 – National Launch Event – Club Humidor (San Pedro), San Antonio, Texas
Ship Date – August 15 & October 15 & December 15, 2019 – for all IPCPR 2019 orders

Friday, May 24, 2019

Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro

There is a place in south Mississippi known as Red Bluff, a place where at some point the earth gave way revealing all the colors that it is made up of. I remember when I was young they would have to move the road back every few years that ran across the top because erosion would bring the bluff to close. I drove there today as it has been some time since I have seen it. it’s a long drive and off the main roads, down in the country. I pass old farms and homes built years ago as I get closer. The road that used to run across the top I find has been closed and had to detour, and from where I parked it was but a short walk. Leaving my truck, I walked along a path that takes you to the left of the bluff and ends on a small out cropping that is straight down if you look over, which I never do, and gives you full view of the bluff on the right and the vast view of the country side on the left. I sat down on the edge and leaned on a small pine tree, letting my legs hang over the edge. The bluff is around 150 feet deep and so many colors, the sheer beauty is awe inspiring. I reached in my pocket and pulled out a cigar to enjoy during my time there.
My cigar of choice for the trip is a Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro. The wrapper on this cigar is beautiful, smooth and very few veins and a light oily sheen. The band itself is quit gorgeous and elaborate. The pre light aromas mild coffee and cocoa powder are evident so I sat back and torched this gem up. The beginning gave a burst of spice much like fresh ground pepper but right behind that came cocoa powder and what reminds me fresh topsoil, earth that has just been cultivated, all this with a hint of raisin in the background made the beginning very enjoyable. The draw was perfect and clouds of cigar smoke drifted in the gentle breeze as each puff gave immense flavor, with a little increase further into the first third.
Looking to the left, you can see practically into the next county as the horizon fades at the skyline. Here and there you can see ponds and a creek. The air is fresh and reviving and makes the aroma of my cigar even more pronounced. Looking to the left, all colors of orange, red and yellow can be seen in the bluff and in some areas just a hint of gray and blue thin lines show. Layers of earth from creation long ago, one on top another, long hidden from sight until the earth opened. 
As I move into the second third, the cocoa powder becomes richer in flavor with hints of chicory coffee coming in. The earth was still present but had moved back, and the raisin still present working in unison with the spice gave a succulent combination of tastes. A mild sweetness much like nougat but darker crept in, causing the senses to enlighten to the complexity of the blend. The smoke is very smooth and velvety coating the tongue. Further into the second third, dark smoky wood could be noticed edging its way into the cavalcade of flavors.
As I sat enjoying this amazing cigar, I wondered about the past. This bluff is very old and it must have been a sight to early settlers and American Indians that lived here. This bluff has intrigued many, some who come to climb up or down it. Those who come to hike the many long trails around it, and those like myself who just come to site and enjoy. 
As thoughts of history and the view linger in my thoughts the cigar was moving into the final third. The flavors had increased more, with the cocoa and coffee along with the smoky wood twist and turn in pronouncement, the spice and dark mild sweetness wrapping them as a blanket upon each draw, the smoke filling the senses with a rush of euphoria and relaxation of the body from the magnificent flavors. The final draw gave a burst of more spice with a touch of leather.
The Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Maduro is a cigar not to be missed. Pick up a few and try them, see what flavors they give you.

Peace and Smoke,

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Just My Opinion #4

What is true Patriotism? It is defined as, “The quality of being patriotic, vigorously supporting ones country.”. Nice definition but also short on the entirety of true patriotism. Now what follows is just my opinion and in our country we each have the right to such. If you do not agree with my opinion that is your right just as it is my right to disagree with yours.
To be an American Patriot is to support and believe whole heartedly in your country. You may not agree with the politics, or decisions made, but it is your country and where your citizenship is. I do not mean blindly follow, for we have the right to disagree and hold leaders accountable, but to unit under one flag for a better a stronger country. Allow me to touch on a few modern day issues.
Our president. Notice I said “Our” president. You may love him or hate him, and some have loudly stated he is not their president but make no mistake, if you’re an American citizen he IS your president. Once someone is elected, the decision has been made and he is the president of the United States. We are free to agree or disagree with him, but do not do so in a way that undermines the country you call home.
Now, you are an American citizen so let me ask this of those who hate and dislike our current president, what good do you think you do by acting in such a manner as many of you do? 
It is undeniable that there is a liberal news media active in our country and it has been discovered time and again that some stories, facts and issues have been created by them to discredit our current president for the truthful reason he is not from their party nor of their beliefs. What right does a news network have to try to take down a president or mislead a country? What happened to true news reporters? There are still a handful of real news reporters but the vast majority follow a party and talking points, this to have been shown as fact time and again. And on the discussion of the party they follow, it should be and is to the majority of this country, a sad reflection on politicians who are careless about the public they serve.
The political party that called itself the party that cares and is concerned and compassionate, has shown itself to be one of the most hate filled parties of our time. Many in the party are so far out of touch with the public the serve that they can not comprehend why the presidential vote went such as it did. And since then we have seen maneuvers and actions on their part that bring disgust to the average American. Let me remind you of one such action. When the president was giving a speech before congress and the house, he introduced the widow of an American hero, a Navy Seal. As she stood with tears falling, everyone, senators and representatives alike, stood to honor her. Except certain members of that party who so dislike the president and his politics that they neither applauded her nor stood to honor the memory of her slain husband who served our country. By not standing, they assumed they would show power and unity for their agenda but instead it set off a firestorm of anger against them for their disgusting show of disrespect, as well it should. No matter what your political beliefs or dislikes of others may be, by not standing to honor a fallen American, those beliefs or dislikes become unimportant to all and in fact turn against you due to your actions. Your party, because of your actions, has suffered the loss of respect by the majority of hard working Americans who you are out of touch with.
Now, while there was the ugly truth of racism in our country, America has come a long way to rid itself of it and become equal. And yet while there is a show of racism that occurs occasionally, our country as a whole has moved beyond the dark days of the past and for the vast majority of the country equality stands. But the problem is there are those on both side who are race baiters and refuse to let equality take its place. Hate groups such as the KKK, BLM, Antifa, etc. work to drive apart any advances made, all for their own agenda. It really makes no difference what either group claims they want, the truth is they only want their agenda and to cause turmoil.
All of these groups and any hate group should be listed as a terrorist organization, because they disrupt the public peace and cause turmoil for the soul purpose of hate. Recently a great tragedy hit our country in Las Vegas, and it did not matter your race, politics nor beliefs, all were affected. And Americans of all colors pitched in to help each other. We saw the same thing after the hurricanes hit Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Race, politics nor beliefs mattered, everyone joined together to help, and that’s how it is supposed to be. Sort of showed the hate groups to be the fake and falsehoods they are.
Lets make this as clear as possible so no one can misunderstand. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN IS, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS AND SHOULD ALL WORK TOGETHER. We all bleed the same color, all equal and are all created by God.
So enough of race hate and race baiters, be they white, black, brown, red or yellow. Americans have shown we know how to get along and work together in unity.
Back to patriotism. Being an American Patriot means standing proud at our National Anthem, showing respect for our country, our flag, and for all those that gave their life in service and those that serve today. It means when our neighbors need help, we go and help all we can. It means standing together against things that would come against us, to protect each other in good and bad. To mourn together the loss of heroes, to support our troops where ever they may be. It means that we believe in what we stand for as a country and will stand with it. It means protecting the rights of each citizen and uniting together in times of trouble. We are Americans, we celebrate together, work together, protect together, help together and stand together. This is America, we may have our problems, but her people will defend her at all cost. Hold true to this:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”