Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn

Southern Draw Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosada Clara)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium
Price: $9.00

Overall Rating: 9.1

A lot of boutique cigar companies seem to be popping up in Texas. Founded by US Veterans with a Southern flare, the Southern Draw theme seems to be the perfect fit for a company from Texas. The Firethorn is the second cigar from Southern Draw Cigars, and is manufactured at A. J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez located in Estelí, Nicaragua. Well constructed and full of flavor, the Firethorn toro is a cigar worth picking up for the medium bodied cigar enthusiast.

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Pre-Light: A silky smooth oily wrapper covers the Southern Draw Firethorn. There is a light leather color to the Habano wrapper that is quite inviting. The red and gold band manages to be both classy and “down home” at the same time, fitting perfectly with the theme of the cigar.

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There is a leather and oak aroma to the wrapper of the Firethorn. Since the foot is covered there are no unique scents from the unlit foot. The cold draw is very easy and allows through grass and carrot like flavors.

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Burn: The Southern Draw Firethorn has a perfect draw that allows through a good deal of flavorful smoke. Even burning from start to finish, the Firethorn holds a great ash.

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Flavor: The Firethorn begins with some mild flavors of nuts, graham cracker, sweet woods and caramel. On the retrohale there is a pleasing spice. As the cigar transitions to the second third there is a flourish of spice that begins to trail of by the halfway point. In the second third there is a mix of cinnamon, sugar cookie and caramel. There are some great cocoa and coffee notes that begin to develop at the start of the final third of the cigar. The final third of the Firethorn is dominated by spice, caramel and pepper with background notes of cocoa and roasted pecans.

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Overall: I love it when a boutique cigar brand manages to impress me right out of the gate. Southern Draw did just that with their Firethorn toro. There is a pleasing mix of sweet graham cracker, pecans, caramel, cocoa and pepper to the Firethorn that make it a cigar worth seeking out. The burn is great. The construction is top notch. The packaging fits the theme perfectly. Everything about this cigar is spot on. Personally, I will be adding the Firethorn to my humidor. It’s a good cigar at a reasonable price, and is a great cigar for the fan of sweet medium bodied cigars.

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Pairing: When it comes to pairing, I find a Bruichladdich Port Charlotte is an excellent single malt choice. Other single malts the worth pairing with the Firethorn are the Talisker 10, Ledaig 10 and Isle of Arran 10. The wine drinker will find that a meritage or Bordeaux will nice compliment the Southern Draw Firethorn.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review provided by Trey Andrews of Southern Draw Cigars while on his recent trip to Houston. No request for review was made by Southern Draw. While the generosity is greatly appreciated it in no way affects out review of the cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to bring you impartial reviews.