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

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

Southern Draw Cigars:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6 1/2” x 40
Strength: full
Price: $8.99

Overall Rating: 8.8

Southern Draw has been making some great cigars over the past two year, with Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo coming in 4th on our Top Ten Cigars of 2015 List. When owner, Robert Holt announced the release of a limited edition lancero version of that cigar, it was hard not to be excited. The Kudzu Lancero is a good full bodied lancero that is sure to please full bodied smokers as well as lancero lovers. Made at AJ Fernandez’s Nicaraguan factory, the Kudzu is a well made lancero at a reasonable price.


Pre-Light: The Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero features a simple red ribbon where the band would normally be. While the ruby red ribbon is set off nicely against the chocolate brown of the wrapper, it may be confusing for some that there is nothing with the Southern Draw name on the cigar. There are few veins to the few smooth and dry Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper of the Kudzu Lancero. The cigar is firm to the touch, and is a good looking lancero.


There is a strong leathery aroma from the wrapper of the Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero, with just a hint of earthiness. Because the foot of the Kudzu is covered, like most Southern Draw cigars, there is little difference in the aroma from foot. The pre-light draw is a bit on the firm side, but allows through notes of leather, earth and pepper.


Burn: The Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero has a good draw, but it is slightly firmer than one would expect from a Southern Draw cigar. The Kudzu Lancero is a very even burning cigar from start to finish, and holds its ash well.


Flavor: The Kudzu Lancero begins with an immediate burst of pepper, which then mellows into flavors of chocolate and earth. There is a fair amount of cocoa, earth, cedar and pepper to the first third of the Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero. On the retrohale there is a strong spice that is joined by background notes of cocoa. During the transition to the second third of the cigar there is an uptick in the amount of pepper on both the palate and retrohale. Cocoa, cedar and coffee dominate the flavor profile during the second third of the cigar, while pepper and spice are still present. During the transition to the final third of the cigar the spice and pepper become prevalent, and blends nicely with the existing cocoa and coffee notes. The final third of the Kudzu Lancero finishes with a mix of earth, cocoa, cedar, spice and black pepper.


Overall: The Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo took a spot on our Top Ten Cigars of 2015 List, so there was a high bar for the limited edition Kudzu Lancero. While not quite as much to my liking as the Gordo, the Kudzu Lancero is one of the better full bodied lanceros that I’ve had. Many lanceros lack the strength and pepper that many full bodied smokers enjoy, but the Kudzu Lancero has these in spades. Full bodied cigar enthusiasts looking for a good lancero to smoke will find the Kudzu lancero worth giving a try. At $8.99 the Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero is a great value, although we don’t take price into account in our Overall Rating of a cigar. Personally, while I enjoy the Kudzu Gordo more, I will definitely be smoking plenty of the Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero after they are released on July 15th. I’d highly recommend giving this cigar a try.


Pairing: A nice sipping rum compliments the Kudzu Lancero well. The Ron Zacapa 23, Kirk & Sweeney 12 or Zafra 21 are all excellent choices for pairing with this cigar. The scotch drinker will find that the Dalmore 12, Dalmore Cigar Malt, Glenfarclas 12 and Balvenie 17 DoubleWood all pair well with the Kudzu.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. Although the generosity is greatly appreciated it does not alter the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing our readers with impartial cigar and product reviews.