Cigar Review: QuickDraw Short Panatela by Southern Draw (Full Line)

Cigar Review: QuickDraw Short Panatela by Southern Draw (Full Line)

Southern Draw Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5 1/2” x 40
Price: $6.00

When Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars announced that there was going to be a short panatela vitola added to the QuickDraw line, I was excited to try these new sizes. After trying each of the three blends I found myself wanting to review the for our readers, but we rarely review something in a new vitola. Yet, these new QuickDraw short panatelas were just calling for a write up of some kind, so I finally settled on combining the whole line in one giant review.

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The QuickDraw short panatelas are good looking little cigars. Each of the three versions of the QuickDraw short panatelas has a covered foot and pigtail cap. The QuickDraw band is a modified version of the Southern Draw band, and has the type of wrapper listed in a gold ribbon under the QuickDraw logo.

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QuickDraw Connecticut
Overall: 9.1
Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Pre-Light: There’s a mix of hay, wood and subtle spice scents to the wrapper of the QuickDraw Connecticut. Due to the covered foot of the cigar, there is no unique scents to the wrapper. The pre-light draw is easy and allows through a pleasing sweetness with notes of grass, hay, candied apples and oak.
Burn:  Like all Southern Draw cigars, the draw on the QuickDraw Connecticut is prefect, and makes it apparent why they advertise their cigar with the line “simply the perfect draw”. The cigar is even burning from start to finish, and the ash clings firmly to the foot of the cigar.
Flavor: The QuickDraw Connecticut Short Panatela begins with a sweet mix of hay, earth, oak and grass notes. There’s a small amount of pepper that lingers on the palate in the early going of the QuickDraw Connecticut. On the retrohale, wheat toast and hay mine with a small amount of subtle black pepper. A milky cappuccino note begins to appear at the transition to the second third of the QuickDraw Connecticut. Earth, cappuccino, hay, oak, mild cedar and subtleround out the flavor profile during the second third of the cigar. On the retrohale during the transition to the final third of the cigar there is a pleasing blend of cedar, grass, herbal spice and very mild white pepper. As the final third of the QuickDraw Connecticut begins there is blend of earth, cappuccino, oak, toast and hay. Towards the end of the final third of the cigar there is a increase in white pepper that compliments the existing flavors.
Overall: The QuickDraw Connecticut from Southern Draw is a Connecticut cigar that has a little bit of strength to it, making it a great mild to medium bodied cigar for those who typically enjoy something a little stronger. The Connecticut version of the QuickDraw short panatela is a good cigar to start of the day. For a milder cigar, the QuickDraw Connecticut has a good amount of complexity. Personally, I find the QuickDraw Connecticut to be a great morning cigar to enjoy with a cup of coffee.

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QuickDraw Habano
Overall Rating: 8.8
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: medium-full
Pre-Light:  The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper of the QuickDraw Habano has the color of dark wood. There’s a nice amount of oil and few noticeable veins. A mix of wood, coffee and nut aromas come from the cigar’s wrapper. Since the foot in covered there is no distinct scent from the foot of the cigar. A slightly firm cold draw allows through generic wood, natural tobacco, coffee and spice notes.
Burn: The QuickDraw Habano is the most even and slow burning of the Southern Draw short panatelas. As is expected with all Southern Draw cigars, the draw of the QuickDraw Habano short panatela has an excellent draw that allows through a good amount of smoke.
Flavor: The QuickDraw Habano starts off with a pleasant woodsiness that is soon joined by a bit of mild spice. As the first third of the cigar begins to get going there is a good amount of coffee flavor comes through and mixes with the existing wood and spice notes. Through the nose there is a blend of wood, cocoa and spice. During the transition to the second third of the QuickDraw Habano short panatela there is some cocoa that develops in the background of the existing flavor profile. Coffee notes dominate the second third of the QuickDraw Habano by Southern Draw while cocoa, generic wood and baking spices mingle together nicely in the background. As the last third of the cigar begins, spice and cocoa come to the foreground of the flavor profile. The cigar finishes with a strong mix of spice, cocoa and wood.
Overall: Though slightly less complex than the Pennsylvania or Connecticut, the QuickDraw Habano has a fair amount of flavor. Coffee, wood, cocoa and spices blend together nicely throughout the cigar in different ways. The QuickDraw Habano is a good everyday medium-full bodied cigar at a reasonable price. Personally, I enjoy the QuickDraw Habano with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

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QuickDraw Pennsylvania 
Overall: 9.1
Wrapper: USA (Pennsylvania)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: full
Pre-Light: From the toothy dark Broadleaf wrapper of the QuickDraw Pennsylvania there is a mix of barnyard, earth and cocoa aromas. I said once that the scents off the wrapper remind me of Amish country in the fall. Due to the covered foot of the cigar, the aromas from the foot are the same as from the wrapper. A very easy cold draw allows through flavors of wood, cocoa, earth and natural tobacco.
Burn: Southern Draw’s slogan “simply the perfect draw” is appropriate because it’s true of all their cigars. The draw on the Southern Draw is quite easy, and allows through lots of flavorful smoke. The QuickDraw Pennsylvania has an impressively even burn.
Flavor: The Quickdraw Pennsylvania begins with a toasty note. Woodsiness, coffee bean, subtle spice and hay all occur in the first third of the cigar. A powdered cocoa begins to develop leading into the second third 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 note that becomes noticeable. Black pepper begins to develop as the final third of the cigar gets going. The leather and friend fruit lead into flavors of oak, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon and spice that occur throughout the last third of the Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania, while mild black pepper serves to highlight the other flavors present in the cigar’s flavor profile.
Overall: The QuickDraw Pennsylvania short panatela may be a little cigar, but it packs a whole lot of flavor. In the smaller size I originally reviewed the QuickDraw Pennsylvania was a very good cigar, but the short panatela really allows the flavors to shine. There is a nice mix of cocoa, earth, wood and mild pepper to the short panatela version of the Pennsylvania QuickDraw. Of any cigar in the QuickDraw line this one is my personal favorite. Those looking for a quick full-bodied cigar will find the QuickDraw Pennsylvania to be worth the extremely reasonable price.

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Final Thoughts: Robert Holt’s Southern Draw has done it again. These short panatelas, that some may consider petite lanceros (which is just splitting hairs), are good little cigars that are a great deal at $6.00. Coming from AJ Fernandez’s Nicaraguan factory, which is one of the hottest factories right now, the QuickDraw short panatelas are the kind cigar that will please hardcore cigar enthusiasts and bargain hunters alike. I find these are great cigars for those times when you don’t have more than 45 minutes to an hour to smoke a cigar, but do not want to give up flavor in exchange for time or price. Personally, I am a Broadleaf fan and find the QuickDraw Pennsylvania to most to my liking. When looking for a good medium bodied Connecticut cigar to start off the day I lean towards the QuickDraw Connecticut over many other Connecticut cigars. On those times when I want a good quick cigar to pair with a cup of coffee or cappuccino the QuickDraw Habano is always in consideration. I’d definitely recommend giving these cigars a trying; even if the QuickDraw isn’t to your tastes, you’re only out $6.00.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Sharon and Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars before August 8, 2016. No request for review was made. Southern Draw is an advertiser ToastedFoot.com, but was not at the time the cigars were received or reviewed. Although the generosity and support are much appreciated, it does not alter the Overall Ratings of these cigars. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.