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.
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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.