Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero (Pre-Release)

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero (Pre-Release)

Southern Draw Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosada Clara)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2” x 40
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $8.99

Overall Rating: 9.1

Southern Draw is a veteran owned boutique cigar company that should be well known to our reader, having cigars in both our Honorable Mentions of 2014 and Top Ten Cigars of 2015 lists, as well as several other highly rated blends. Recently, they have released to limited edition lancero versions of their core lines, with both the Southern Draw Kudzu and Firethorn lanceros. The Firethorn Lancero is a flavorful medium to medium-full bodied lacer, with the excellent draw and reasonable price, that have made Southern Draw one of the most consistently highly rated brands on this site.

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Pre-Light: The Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero is a good looking lancero. Its light brown Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Clara (trying saying that ten times fast) wrapper has some tiny veins and visible construction seams. Smooth to the touch, with a decent amount of oil to the wrapper, the Firethorn Lancero looks quite appealing. While the golden band stays with Southern Draw’s color scheme, it is a little sad that this cigar doesn’t have a band that lets you know who makes it.

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There is a strong barnyard aroma to the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper of the Firethorn Lancero, with just a slight leathery scent also noticeable. Like most Southern Draw cigars, the Firethorn Lancero features a covered foot, so there not unique aroma from the end of the cigar. A slightly firm pre-light draw is a bit interesting, with wood and leather being joined by a carrot-like vegetal flavor.

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Burn: I can’t say enough about the draw on the Firethorn Lancero, but then again, Southern Draw makes cigars with impressive draws. The draw is neither too firm nor overly loose, and allows through plenty of flavorful smoke. Unlike many lanceros with comparable draws, the Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero burn extremely even from start to finish. A beautiful white ash holds tight to the foot of the cigar.

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Flavor: An instant burst of nuts and pepper starts off the Limited Edition Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero. White and black pepper blend together nicely, but never overpower more subtle flavors of nuts, sweet wood, cinnamon and subtle herbal spice. The retrohale contains a good mix pepper and coffee notes, along with a bit of nutty notes. As the transition begins to the second third of the Firethorn Lancero begins there is a coffee note on the palate that carried over from the retrohale, and blends easily with the nut, wood, cinnamon and mixed pepper notes. Towards the end or the second third of the Firethorn Lancero the pepper begins to subtly increase, and is joined by a pleasant earthiness. Pepper, earth, coffee, oak, spice and cedar round out the flavors during the second third of the Firethorn Lancero.

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Overall: In only two years, Southern Draw has managed to put out some great cigars, with one even earning a spot in our Top Ten Cigars of 2015 List. The first cigar we ever reviewed from them was their original Firethorn, which landed on our Honorable Mentions of 2014 List, so when I heard they were releasing a lancero I just could not wait to try it. Medium to medium-full bodied with loads of flavor and a fair amount of complexity, I think that the limited edition Firethorn Lancero is even better than the core Firethorn line. Those who already enjoy Southern Draw’s cigars will find that Robert Holt’s company has again released another fine cigar. Personally, I like the Firethorn Lancero more than the Kudzu Lancero, which is surprising since the Kudzu Gordo is the cigar I smoked most last year. My only complaint about the cigar, is its lack of a identifying band, but it has nothing to do with the cigar itself. These limited edition lanceros are definitely worth picking up if you can find them.

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Pairing: I’ve found that the Bruincladdich Port Charlotte pairs wonderfully with the Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero. The Talisker 10, Ledaig 10 and Isle of Arran 10 are all great single malt choices for pairing with this cigar. The wine drinker will find a good Bordeaux or meritage also pairs well with the Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Robert and Sharon Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. No request for review was made. Recently, Southern Draw became an advertiser on ToastedFoot.com. Although their generosity and support are greatly appriciated, it does not alter the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we endeavor to provide impartial cigar and product reviews.