JC Newman

September 05, 2021

LCA August release; Lady Killer by Southern Draw Cigars (6 1/2 x 46)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

The blend features an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan corojo 99 hybrid binder grown in Estelí, and fillers from throughout Nicaragua: Estelí-grown criollo 98 viso, Jalapa-grown criollo 98 seco, and Condega-grown criollo 98 ligero. Like the rest of Southern Draw’s portfolio, it is made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí. Production numbers are not being disclosed for this release.

It is being offered in a 6 1/2 x 46 lonsdale vitola, the first time that Southern Draw has offered the size for one of its cigars. Southern Draw has announced that it will be reserving the size as an exclusive for the Limited Cigar Club and its parent company, Privada Cigar Club, meaning that they will only release that vitola for those two entities.

Like several other Southern Draw releases, this cigar gets its name from the world of plants, specifically a variety known formally as crocus chrysanthus. The bands’ color scheme is meant to evoke the image of a Lady Killer flower with the uppermost purple band representing the its characteristically purple petals, while the lower green band represents the flower’s stem.

The cigar is dark and very well made. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet orange citrus, light chocolate, leather, nutmeg, and light citrus peel. It's a very full tasting cigar. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Nice start.

At the first third (20 minutes) nothing has changed. There are still citrus notes with a lot of brown sugar, some leather, and some chocolate. The black pepper is still good. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is brown sugar and cream with average lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 94. 

Moving through the second third (42 minutes) the chocolate and brown sugar notes really started to come out. There was also light citrus and light citrus peel. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish had caramel-like notes. This is a very good cigar. I held the score of 94 for the second third.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. The cigar didn't lose much in the final third. I still had nice chocolate and brown sugar notes. The citrus notes aren't there any more which is the only negative I can say. The finish is unchanged. This is one of the best LCA releases I've had. I rated the final third 93. I'll be looking for more of these.

Overall Score: 93.67

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