Southern Draw announces the "Cedrus" IPCPR 2018

Discover CEDRUS by Southern Draw Cigars – only at IPCPR 2018.

A cigars ability to be different things to different people – and to be – in effect, the cornerstone of a tribute – was the starting point for the fifth core blend from Southern Draw Cigars.

We continue the Southern Draw Cigars tradition of sharing our faith, embracing the flora around us and by offering tribute to those people that have most inspired our family, through the branding of our cigars. Originating from one of our “stealth blends” CEDRUS has been five years in the making and will initially be available in a box pressed Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52, a special size known as “THE HOGAN”. THE HOGAN will be presented in individually numbered 10 count boxes during IPCPR 2018, Las Vegas, NV in Booth #1065.

CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, the origin of the name:

1. Faith: The Latin name is Cedrus libani or Lebanese Cedar trees were highly sought after for ancient woodworking. The woods high quality, pleasant scent and firmness made it a popular building material for Holy temples, palaces and sailing vessels. Cedars popularity endures today as it is the most utilized wood in the premium cigar industry and the image of the CEDRUS tree serves as the biblical inspiration for our brand art. 2. Flora: Western Red Cedar known as “the Hogan”, native to the Pacific United States, growing to 200’ tall and living up to 1,000+ years, this tree demonstrates the firm, reliable and beautiful characteristics of cedar. Our bridge to an ancient symbol and a wood that has proven valuable through the ages. 3. People: We offer tribute to Phil and Shelly Hogan, a relationship that began in 1996, a friendship turned “closer than family”. Their love and support of Southern Draw Cigars began in 2014 when they rallied family and friends to support our mission even in the face of uncertain risk. Their contributions have been as steadfast and enduring as the cedar tree even as they have humbly remained in the shadows of our early successes. Phil, U.S. Navy Retired, is the most honorable and accountable guy we know and someone who we could only aspire to be like and Shelly, has been a tireless supporter of all things we do, a helping hand of 20 years that has quietly contributed much to SDC’s early success. The gracious and generous Hogan’s will now be celebrated with their own incomparable hand crafted cigar. We offer you an opportunity to get to know them during IPCPR 2018, they will be available to share their stories of military service, international travel and a limited amount of their new cigar.

CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, the blend profile

Robert Holt shared some of his insight into the blend in a special Belicoso Fino size and its namesake, THE HOGAN, “My snapshot of the CEDRUS blend transports us to the ancient soils of Indonesia, a place aptly named the “Spice Islands” where we have methodically selected this rich, reddish brown colored wrapper. As this cigar burns, a savory perfume of what I consider nutmeg, toasted clove, cinnamon and cedar aromas compliment the naturally fermented tobacco tastes and awaken my palate, an intentional profile representing the diverse Asian food cultures explored (and enthusiastically shared) by the Hogan’s during and after their 20 year service in the U.S. Navy. Playing a supporting role to the unique spice profile is the medium bodied strength and semi-sweet chocolate notes of classic Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan tobaccos. A retrohale offers me a more powerful burst of hard-wood charcoal, red/white pepper and herb-like notes that stem from tobaccos of the lesser known high mountain region of Quilali, Nicaragua. CEDRUS is no doubt, our most distinguished tasting cigar and the gorgeous Belicoso Fino will be offered in a specially designed presentation box. This release is a commitment to excellence and a statement that we wish to grow Southern Draw Cigars into a global brand. Although you may not share my experience of the specific flavors and aromas, it is my prayer that you too enjoy the new blend and share our message of CEDRUS – THE HOGAN.”

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.

Wrapper: Besuki TBN – Sumatra, Indonesia

Binder: Habano 2000- Esteli, Nicaragua

Viso: Piloto Cubano – Dominican Republic

Criollo 98 – Esteli, Nicaragua

Seco: Habana 92 – Quilali, Nicaragua

Ligero: Corojo 99 – Jalapa, Nicaragua

Size – Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 (box pressed)

Number of Cigars – 5,000 total 10 count, numbered boxes, 1,000 total 10 count refill bundles (60,000 cigars 2018)

Price – $11.99 each MSRP, $118.99 10 count box

Release Date – July 14, 11:00 a.m. Booth #1065 IPCPR 2018 – only valued retail partners in good standing that attend IPCPR may order.

Ship Date – August & November 2018

To make an appointment for IPCPR 2018, please email sharon@southerndrawcigars.com as CEDRUS will sold on a first come, first served for valued retail partners.

The Mova from Reserve Cigar Company

The following review is on the Reserve Mova Cigar done by my friend, SOTL and co-owner of Top Leaf Cigar Lounge here in Wintson Salem, North Carolina. I wanted to get a ladies perspective on this cigar and also to offer readers something different. I hope you enjoy.

First and foremost, I think it necessary to provide a little background on myself. My name is Bethany Miller. I grew up in a small town located in the foothills of North Carolina. The Village of Tobaccoville is home to RJ Reynolds Tobacco company and was in my childhood a place where tobacco was in large abundance. The smell of tobacco is as much of my childhood memory as the smell of my granddads after shave. Being raised in Tobaccoville, I am accustomed to the smell of tobacco growing, the steamy smell after a hard rain on a hot night, being stuck behind a tractor on the way to the warehouse, and have spent many long afternoons riding through fields of sticky leaves. Keeping that in mind, here is my review…

The Reserve Mova is a beautifully constructed Cigar. The wrapper is caramel in color and has a nice uniform feel as well as a velvety smooth wrapper.

Before lighting the Mova I spent quite a long time just smelling this cigar. It smells of earth and molasses. Closing my eyes this cigar flung me back to my childhood and I can picture myself barefooted on my bike riding though my hometown enveloped in the scent of home.

I chose to use a V-Cut (Colibri) and slowly toasted the foot of this cigar. Slowly. I took my time, not allowing the flame to touch the foot, but allowing the heat from the flame to deliciously roast. Scents of nuts began to fill my nostrils. Think roasted peanuts.

The first pull was an explosion of caramel, molasses, nuts, earth, and home. The creaminess is not overbearing but rather a great compliment to the nutty and slightly spicy filler.

As I made my way through the first quarter the ash is holding and the burn is even. No touchups have been necessary. This Cigar is burning like a dream and has me dreaming of my 10-year-old self, wandering through Tobacco barns during summer break. The flavors are mingling together and I’m picking up some notes of cinnamon and toast.

At the half way point I am in heaven. The longer I sit and smoke this Cigar the more I am catapulted back to my childhood. I am in a trance. The creaminess and delicious molasses continue to mingle together and tug at my memory. Never has another Cigar caused me so much emotion. I am literally taken back in time.

Three quarters of the way through and the burn is still even, ash is still solid. I didn’t think that the Mova could get any better but it has. The molasses and nuttiness has intensified. I am back in 1985. I am barefoot on a dirt road, I am walking through row after row of tall tobacco, I am chasing lightning bugs. I don’t want this experience to end.

Finishing up the Mova has been bittersweet. The experience of smoking the Mova has been mind-blowing. The construction is wonderful, the burn was even, the flavors are fantastic. Well Done! To me, this cigar tastes just like home. Bravo!

Thanks to Bethany for contributing to the website. I am sure the Reserve Mova will certainly be a great option for your Ladies of the Leaf nights at Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in the future. Contact Bethany at (336) 893-7307 for all the details!

Until next time, long ashes and full glasses!

United Cigars adds Jose Dominguez Signature Series

—– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—– UNITED CIGARS ADDS JOSE DOMINGUEZ SIGNATURE SERIES TO PORTFOLIO ~ LIVE UNITED, BUY UNITED, SMOKE UNITED ~ Nashua, NH, (Friday, FEBRUARY 23, 2018) – United Cigars is excited to announce the addition of the Jose Dominguez Signature Series Cigars to their portfolio beginning immediately. Manufactured at Magia Cubana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. “Jose Dominguez he has been blending and producing nationally recognized brands for other people for over two decades and has crafted a cigar under his name for the U.S. market,” said Oliver Nivaud, Director of Sales at United Cigars. “We are blessed to represent the cigar bearing his name.” Crafted by Jose Dominguez the Signature Series offers a complex layer of rich caramel and coffee notes on the Natural blend and warm, sweet wood notes on the Maduro. The Signature Series is a marriage of Dominican tobaccos and Pennsylvanian Broadleaf bound by a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on the Natural. The Maduro uses a Mexican, San Andres wrapper blended with Nicaraguan and Dominican leaves. Available in 5 vitolas, the Signature Series is sold in a beautiful lacquered wood, 20 count box. JOSE DOMINGUEZ SIGNATURE NATURAL Grande 50×7½ E. CONNECTICUT 20 BOX Gordito 50×5 E. CONNECTICUT 20 BOX Gigante 60×6 E. CONNECTICUT 20 BOX Fino 44×6 E. CONNECTICUT 20 BOX Belicoso 52×6½ E. CONNECTICUT 20 BOX JOSE DOMINGUEZ SIGNATURE MADURO Grande 50×7½ MADURO 20 BOX Gordito 50×5 MADURO 20 BOX Gigante 60×6 MADURO 20 BOX Fino 44×6 MADURO 20 BOX Belicoso 52×6½ MADURO 20 BOX SRP: $5.89-$6.99 (Single cigar) | $117.99-$139.99 (20 count box) United Cigars, building brands to unite every cigar lover. Our lines represent consistency and quality while not only offering cigars that “Flat Out Taste Better” but protect our loyal Brick & Mortar. Live United, Buy United, Smoke United. If you would like more information about United Cigar Group, please contact Oliver Nivaud, Director of Sales Contact Oliver Nivaud Telephone 603-404-0016 Email Oliver@UnitedCigarGroup.com Website http://www.UnitedCigarGroup.com