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Cigar Review | Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan. This Belicoso Fino comes in at 5 ½ x 52 and retails for $11.99. These come packed in unique boxes of 10 with each cigar standing upright. The cigar was made to honor Phil and Shelly Hogan, friends and early supporters of the brand. The blend features an Indonesian Sumatra Bosuki TBN wrapper concealing a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Southern Draw Cedrus

The wrapper produces a light leathery aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up wine notes. Once lit, this stick blows tons of smoke. The draw offers cedar with sweet cocoa. Through the nose, I find more cedar with spicy nuttiness. The finish hits me with red pepper, cocoa, and molasses.

Southern Draw Cedrus

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a hint of cedar with raisin and brown sugar. Through the nose, red pepper and cinnamon mix. The finish gives me cinnamon with roasted coffee and light molasses. Strength settles at a medium while body is very full.

Southern Draw Cedrus

The second third finishes at forty-five minutes. The draw offers toast with more cedar and distinct flavor of sunflower seeds. On the retro-hale, I’m greeted with more cinnamon alongside coffee. The finish consists of bold espresso with fading molasses notes and hints of vanilla. Both strength and vanilla sit at medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Cedrus

One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up. Brown sugar returns on the draw with cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. There is no change through the nose. I find flowery earth, citrus, and molasses on the finish. Strength and body finish out at a solid medium-to-full.

The Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan is a phenomenal cigar. It hits all the right notes on flavor pulling you back in with every puff, and there’s enough complexity to keep things interesting. Every minute of this smoke is a treat. Construction is top notch, and smoke output is plentiful. If you haven’t tried this cigar, you’re missing out. Watch for this to hit top 25 lists everywhere.

Smoke on!

-CutLightSmoke

Cigar Review | Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a hot new Duran cigar. The Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero comes in one size – the Lancero, duh! – sitting at 7×40. It features an Ecuadorian Maduro Corojo wrapper with all Nicaraguan tobacco inside including some Ligero. It’s a gorgeous looking cigar with a straight pigtail cap. I’m a sucker for Lanceros, so I have high hopes for this new stick.

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

On the cold draw, I pick up a slight cocoa flavor. The wrapper produces a rich leather and earth aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, my palate finds leather, dark chocolate, and subtle grass. Through the nose, spice explodes with black pepper, more dark chocolate, and leather. On the finish, a sweet mix of toast and cocoa comes through paired with black pepper and dark wood.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up meaty leather alongside some oregano and oily earth. Through the nose, spicy cinnamon charges through my sinuses topped off by brown sugar sweetness. The finish is bold with smoky cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

The second third finishes at one hour. I find more leather on the draw with a nice toasty cocoa. There is no change to the retro-hale. On the finish, smoky cocoa holds the charge complemented by nutmeg and salty almond. Strength and body continue to remain at medium-to-full.

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

One hour and forty minutes in, the final third sees its final puffs. More leather comes through on the draw with the introduction of spicy grass. On the retro-hale, I get more cinnamon with a nearly burnt toast flavor. Smoky notes are consistent on the finish with leather and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium-to-full mark.

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

The Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero is a fantastic blend that helps solidify the bright future for the Duran brand. It offers a bold and unique flavor profile that’s complex and balanced. Construction is perfect, and to top it off, it only costs $8. This is a must try, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)