Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Pome Lancero
Southern Draw Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosada Clara)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres)
Size: 6 1/2” x 40
Strength: medium to medium-full
Overall Rating: 9.1
Robert Holt’s Southern Draw Cigars recently extended its core Kudzu and Firethorn lines by adding lancero vitolas. The lancero may not sell as well as a toro does, but it is a size that often allows a flavor profile to shine. The Southern Draw Firethorn Pome is one such lancero, allowing the medium-full bodied flavor profile to come through in new and pleasant way. The Firethorn Pome is a great addition to the already impressive Southern Draw portfolio, and should be a hit with fans of this veteran owned company and the lancero vitola.
Pre-Light: The Southern Draw Firethorn Pome 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. Unlike the prerelease version of the of the Firethorn Lancero, the Pome has both a Southern Draw band and a secondary band with the cigar’s name.
There is a strong barnyard aroma to the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper of the Firethorn Pome, with mild nut and leather notes also detectable. Due to the covered foot there is not a unique aroma from that part of the cigar. A slightly firm pre-light draw (likely due to the covered foot) is a bit interesting, with wood and leather being joined by a carrot-like vegetal flavor.
Burn: The draw of the Firethorn Pome Lancero is amazing, but then again, Southern Draw is a company who’s slogan is “simply the perfect draw”. 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 evenly from start to finish. The ash holds nicely to the end of the cigar.
Flavor: An instant burst of nuts and pepper starts off the Southern Draw Firethorn Pome 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 Pome 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 Pome Lancero.
Overall: Honestly, not much has changed since the review of the prerelease Firethorn Lancero. The cigar is still a great medium-full bodied lancero. Because the original Firethorn earned a spot on our Honorable Mentions of 2014 List, so when I heard they were releasing a lancero I just could not wait to try it, and am just as impressed with the official version as the original. Medium to medium-full bodied with loads of flavor and a fair amount of complexity, I think that the Firethorn Pome 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 Pome Lancero slightly more than the Kudzu Axil Lancero, which is surprising since the Kudzu Toro Gordo is the cigar I smoked most last year. For the price, which we don’t take into account in the Overall Rating, the Firethorn Pome is a box worthy cigar for the lancero lover.
Pairing: I’ve found that the Bruincladdich Port Charlotte pairs wonderfully with the Southern Draw Firethorn Pome. 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 Pome Lancero.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)
Cigars for this review were provided by Robert and Sharon Holt of Southern Draw Cigars before August 8, 2016. No request for review was made. Recently, Southern Draw became an advertiser on ToastedFoot.com. Although their generosity and support are greatly appreciated, it does not alter the Overall Rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we endeavor to provide impartial cigar and product reviews.