The QuickDraw line was introduced by Southern Draw Cigars about a year ago with two blends – an Ecuadorian Dark Habano and a Pennsylvania Broadleaf. This summer, the QuickDraw Connecticut has joined the party. As the name implies, the sticks are small in stature and designed for those instances when you don’t have the luxury of 90 minutes or two hours to devote to a smoke and you need to pick up the pace a bit. Southern Draw also recommends several beverage pairings for each cigar, but I am confident you can figure that part of the smoking equation for yourself. For this review, I smoked the Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
CIGAR STATS: The Connecticut is offered in two sizes: Petite Corona (4½ x 44) and Short Panatela (5½ x 40). The Pennsylvania comes in only the Petite Corona form. The cigars are made in Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez. The Connecticut features a wrapper grown in Ecuador with binder and filler coming from the Ometepe, Esteli and Condega regions of Nicaragua. Likewise, the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is grown in Ecuador, with the rest of the tobacco from Nicaragua. You can expect to pay about $5 per stick.
THE SMOKE: Connecticut – This medium-bodied smoke brings what you might expect, lots of cream and wood after the first blast of pepper. About halfway through, a pleasing element of hay and citrus notes make themselves known. It produces a rich aroma, and the draw is near perfect. I also had zero burn issues, which is always a plus.
Pennsylvania – Not surprisingly, the Pennsylvania shares many characteristics with the Connecticut, including a spot-on draw, appealing construction with a pig-tail cap and covered foot, and terrific aroma. But this is a meatier cigar, of medium to full-bodied strength, with flavor notes of coffee, wood (cedar), earth, and a bit of hay. There is a healthy dose of pepper at the start, but it soon settles into a tasty mix of flavors.
VERDICT: If you are looking for a smoke in the 30-minute range, these QuickDraw offerings are right in your wheelhouse. And the price point is about as appealing as it gets these days. By all means, seek them out. To learn more about the entire Southern Draw stable, visit southerndrawcigars.com – Brian Coyne