Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo

Southern Draw Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 60
Strength: full
Price: $9.95

Overall Rating: 9.2

One day while hanging out at Stogies of Houston, I ran into Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars. After a very long conversation, I had the chance to try the Southern Draw Firethorn (which made our 2014 Honorable Mention List) and was quite impressed. A few weeks later when the cigars arrived at the shop, I picked up the Southern Draw Kudzu and was blown away. It was full bodied with some strong flavors, and just the thing I like to smoke at the end of a long day. The Kudzu quickly became my go to cigar when looking for a full bodied cigar with cocoa, wood, spice and pepper flavors. Now this cigar is a regular fixture in my humidor, and should be for fans of full bodied Nicaraguan cigars.


Pre-Light: The Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo is a great looking big box pressed cigar. The dark brown Hersey bar colored wrapper has a slight oil sheen to it, but to the touch the wrapper feels a tad dry. This cigar just gives off an aura of Southern manliness.


From the wrapper of the Southern Draw Kudzu there is a a strong leathery aroma with just the slightest hint of coffee and earth. Since the foot of the cigar is mostly enclosed the aromas remain the same as from the wrapper. The cold draw is very easy and allows through flavors of leather, cashews and pepper.


Burn: The burn on the Kudzu is a fairly even burning cigar from start to finish, but occasionally can begin to canoe a little during the final third. It seems appropriate that the brand uses “draw” in its name since the Southern Draw Kudzu (in any size) has a perfect draw. The cigar holds a decent sized ash, but when it’s ready to fall it’s ready to fall, so watch your clothing.


Flavor: Upon lighting up the Kudzu Gordo there is an initial burst of chocolate and earth flavors. There is a fair amount of cocoa and cedar to the first third of the Kudzu. Some spice and mild pepper remain in the background behind the more dominant cocoa. On the retrohale there is a strong mix of cocoa and spice during the first third of the cigar. As the cigar burns into the second third there is a slight uptick in the spice and black pepper. Cedar, cocoa and dark espresso dominate the second third of the Kudzu Gordo. During the transition to the final third of the cigar, the black pepper begins to become more prevalent. There is a mix of cedar, cocoa, earth, spice and pepper to the final third of the Southern Draw Kudzu.


Overall: The Southern Draw Kudzu is a great full bodied cigar with fair amounts of cocoa, cedar, spice and pepper to it. For the fan of powerful peppery Nicaraguan cigars, the Kudzu is an excellent choice. It is one of the best cigars to come out of AJ Fernandez’s factory in a long time, and is definitely worth checking out if you’re a full bodied cigar smoker. It’s got a little bite to it, while managing not to be overpoweringly full bodied. Personally, I love the Southern Draw Kudzu. Although I find all the sizes to be good cigars, the Kudzu really lends itself to the bigger size. This cigar has made a regular appearance in my personal humidor, which is probably one of the reasons Stogies is having to restock them so often. This cigar has all the hallmarks of a cigar that should age well, but they never last long enough in my humidor to find out for sure.


Pairing: When pairing the Kudzu with a drink, I find that a nice sipping well really compliments the cigar. The Ron Zacapa 23, Zafra 21 and Kirk & Sweeney 12 are all excellent choices to go with the Southern Draw Kudzu. For the scotch drinker, almost anything from the Dalmore Distillery will go nicely with this cigar.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review provided by Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. No request for review was made. Though we greatly appreciate Robert’s generosity, it in no way changes the way this cigar is reviewed. At ToastedFoot we are committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.