IPCPR 2018: Southern Draw

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It certainly didn’t take a genius to see this coming, but the Southern Draw booth at the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show has been packed. As we’ve noted a few times beforehand, the company has been on the rise for the last 12 months and the trade show booth made that very clear.

Southern Draw did formalized launch events, like actual scheduled times to unveil products — something that is quite rare at the trade show. I wasn’t around for either, but by the time I showed up at the booth the company’s new releases were all on display.

Southern Draw 300 Hands

Fun fact: we actually thought about using the name 300 Hands for a project of ours a few years ago. We never got around to using it—though we do have a domain name and Facebook page for our efforts—but now Robert and Sharon Holt are using a cigar to do something similar: tell the story of how much work goes into a cigar. It’s said that 300 hands go into making a single cigar, hence the name.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro Estelí)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • 300 Hands Petit Edmundo (4 3/4 x 52) — $5.99 (Bundles of 10, $59.99)
  • 300 Hands Coloniales (5 1/4 x 44) — $6.19 (Bundles of 10, $61.99)
  • 300 Hands Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) — $6.29 (Bundles of 10, $62.99)
  • 300 Hands Piramides (6 1/8 x 52) — $6.39 (Bundles of 10, $63.99)
  • 300 Hands Manos Churchill (7 x 48) — $6.49 (Bundles of 10, $64.99)

Production: 150,000 Total Cigars*

Launch Date: August 2018

Southern Draw 300 Manos

This is the sister cigar to 300 Hands. One interesting part of the project is that it is sold in these trays.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • 300 Manos Petit Edmundo (4 3/4 x 52) — $5.99 (Bundles of 10, $59.99)
  • 300 Manos Coloniales (5 1/4 x 44) — $6.19 (Bundles of 10, $61.99)
  • 300 Manos Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) — $6.29 (Bundles of 10, $62.99)
  • 300 Manos Piramides (6 1/8 x 52) — $6.39 (Bundles of 10, $63.99)
  • 300 Manos Manos Churchill (7 x 48) — $6.49 (Bundles of 10, $64.99)

Production: 150,000 Total Cigars*

Launch Date: October 2018

*The total production for the two releases is 150,000 total cigars. The company did not disclose how that production is divided.

Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan

This line is about Phil and Shelly Hogan, who Robert Holt describes as essential to the business. Holt said their support early on allowed Southern Draw to get where it is today. As such, the brand is creating a cigar in their honor.

  • Wrapper: Indonesia (Sumatra Besuki TBN)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Habano 2000 Estelí)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano Viso) & Nicaragua (Criollo 98 Viso Estelí, Habano 92 Quilali, Corojo 99 Ligero Jalapa)

 

  • Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan (5 1/2 x 52) — $11.99 (Boxes of 10, $119.90)

Production: 6,000 Boxes/Bundles of 10 Cigars (60,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: 2018

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