Cigar Review: Quickdraw Pennsylvania by Southern Draw Cigars

Cigar Review: Quickdraw Pennsylvania by Southern Draw Cigars

Southern Draw Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 4 1/2” x 44
Strength: medium-full
Price: $5.00

Overall Rating: 9.0

Although one of the joys of smoking cigars is the time it takes to smoke a cigar friends. While cigarette smokers get two minutes together to carry on a superficial conversation, cigar smokers often have the time to seriously get to know one another, which is mostly a good thing. However, there are times when we’d like to sit down for a cigar but don’t have the two hours to do so, and it is those times when the Quickdraw Pennsylvania by Southern Draw Cigars comes in handy. Like the rest of the Souther Draw line, the Quick Draw is manufactured by AJ Fernandez. A complex little cigar with a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, the Quickdraw is the perfect cigar for the full bodied cigar enthusiast looking for a quick cigar that does not sacrifice quality of flavor.

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Pre-Light: The Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania has a special little cigar band that looks like the typical Southern Draw band, but instead has the words “Quick Draw” on it. In small print on the gold ribbon that appears on the band is the word “Pennsylvania” which differentiates this cigar from its Habano brother. The dark Pennsylvanian wrapper of the Quickdraw is has a dry toothy ruggedness about, with several noticeable veins and construction seams. The cigar is toped off with a tiny pigtail cap.

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The Pennsylvania wrapper of the Quickdraw has a mixture of barnyard hay, earth, wood and cocoa aromas. The aromas off the wrapper calls to mind Amish country in the fall. Due to the covered foot, there are not distinct scents of the unlit foot. The cold draw allows through flavors of wood, cocoa, earth and natural tobacco.

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Burn: There is a reason that Southern Draw uses the line “simply the perfect draw,” and it’s because it’s true. The draw on the Southern Draw is nice and easy, and allows through a good deal of flavorful smoke. From start to finish the burn on the Quick Draw is impressive, especially for such a short little cigar.

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Flavor: The Quickdraw Pennsylvania begins with a nice toasty note. There is a wonderful blend rustic woodsiness, coffee bean, subtle spice and hay to the first half of the cigar. A powdered cocoa begins to develop leading into the halfway point of the cigar. On the retrohale, coffee and pepper blend with a just a hint of cocoa. At the halfway point of the Quickdraw Pennsylvania, there’s a leather and dried fruit note that come to the forefront. The leather and friend fruit lead into flavors of oak, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon and spice that occur throughout the second half of the Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania. Mild black pepper begins to occur in the final inch and half of the cigar, and only serves to highlight the other flavors present in the Quickdraw. For such a small cigar the Quickdraw is surprisingly complex.

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Overall: The Southern Draw Firethorn (see review) and Southern Draw Kudzu (see review) both received high marks, so the Pennsylvania Quickdraw had a lot to live up to, and it did just that. Many small cigars are one note all the way through, with the exception of the Illusione Rothchildes, and now the Southern Draw Quickdraw. At $5.00, the Quickdraw is a great value, especially when the expensive Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is taken into account. For those medium-full to full bodied smokers looking for a quick (20 to 40 minute) cigar, the Quickdraw Pennsylvania is a choice you won’t regret. Personally, I love this little cigar. Actually, I love everything Southern Draw has released so far. I have a little stash of these for lunch breaks, halftime or any other time I might want a quick and flavorful cigar. The Quickdraw Pennsylvania is not a cigar for everyone (I have a few friends that aren’t really fans), I’d highly recommend checking this one out, and at the price it’s not the end of the world if it’s not to your tastes.

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Pairing: The Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania will pair with a decent variety of beverages from coffee to beer to whiskey. A good IPA or (fall/winter) seasonal ale will pair best with the Quickdraw Pennsylvania. The scotch drinker will find that Highland single malts such as the Royal Lochnagar Distillar’s Edition, Oban 18, Dalmore 12 and Deanston Spanish Oak will all go nicely with the Pennsylvania Quickdraw. Personally, I enjoy a bottle of Newcastle, Bellhaven or Monk in the Trunk (when I’m not pairing it with coffee).

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Sharon and Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. No request for review was made. Although their generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not effect the review of this cigar. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing high quality impartial cigar reviews.