Just about 11 months after it was first announced, Southern Draw Cigars is ready for the widespread release its newest and fullest premium line, Jacobs Ladder.

The line uses a broadleaf wrapper from Lancaster, Pa. on top of an Ecuadorian maduro leaf and fillers from Nicaragua, including ligero from the Estelí region of the country to create what the company calls a “very rich and complex cigar with a full body — full flavor profile.”

Jacobs Ladder is being released in three sizes, down from the seven that the company had originally announced last year:

  • Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Gordo (6 1/2 x 60) — $10.99
  • Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Robusto (5 1/2 x 54) — $9.50
  • Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Toro (6 x 52) — $9.99

Each of the three sizes are offered in 20-count boxes, and the toro will also have a two-pack petaca offering priced at $25.99. Only 1,000 of the two-packs have been made and each contains cigars from the initial run of 2,000 made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.

The name of the cigar has three meanings; first, it keeps with the company’s tradition of using the names of flowering plants for its cigars. Second, the name also refers to the Biblical story of the connection between heaven and earth that Jacob, son of Isaac, dreamed about in the book of Genesis. Third, it’s a symbolic reference to Ethan “Jacob” Holt, son of two of the Southern Draw Cigars founders, who provides sales and technical support for the company.

The first batch of cigars has already begun shipping to a small group of retailers and more will be available at the show. A second production has already been scheduled to ship in September.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.