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Cigar Review | Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM in the Belicoso Fino size. This 5 ½ x 52 box-pressed cigar was created to celebrate Southern Draw’s fifth anniversary. This initial run is limited to 2,500 bundles of 10.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Kudzu LUSTRUM features a Nicaraguan Medio Tiempo Habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan Ometepe binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Retail price is set at $11.89, and the cigars are packed in camouflage paper bundles.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. The cold draw gives me flavors similar to the pre-light aroma. Once lit, there is rich leather and earth with saltiness on the draw. Leather and cocoa come through the nose. Heavy smoke output and a perfect draw are notable. The finish brings saltiness through with coffee and earth.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

First Third

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, oak and leather coat my palate. Through the nose, I pick up nutty toast with black pepper. The finish offers up rich cocoa and coffee. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Second Third

The second third gets me to one hour. Salty earth and citrus complements continued oak. On the retro-hale, I taste what I can only describe as a delicious spicy sourdough loaf. There is more cocoa on the finish with dried cherry and leather. Strength and body remain medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM

Third…Third

An hour and a half into this gem, my final puffs wisp away. On the draw, there is buttery toast with black pepper and more citrus. Through the nose, more spicy sourdough notes pair well with dark coffee. I find no distinguishable changes to the finish, and strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Final Thoughts

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM Belicoso Fino is a phenomenal cigar. The depth of flavors on this cigar are where it really shines. It’s not the most complex smoke, but the notes coming through are rich and full. It begs to keep being smoked, and it’s one of those cigars you simply itch to have again. I’m inclined to say this is now the crown jewel of the Southern Draw portfolio, and I highly recommend you get a bundle or two before they disappear.

The Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM was my #4 cigar of 2019. Check out my entire top 25 list of the best cigars of the year here.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Nomad C-276

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Nomad C-276 in the Robusto size. This 5×50 box-pressed cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos including two varieties of ligero. It has a plain, unappealing label, but the wrapper leaf is gorgeous and oily.

Nomad C-276

On the cold draw, I pick up some cedar and berry flavor. The wrapper produces a chocolate manure aroma, while I smell berry out of the foot. Once lit, dark chocolate and black pepper mix with dried fruit on the draw. Through the nose, I get spicy black pepper with espresso. The finish offers more chocolate and espresso alongside some earth.

The first third gets me to twenty minutes. On the draw, I pick up buttery cocoa with black pepper and spicy earth. Through the nose, creamy cedar melts with sweet toast and a slightly spicy hazelnut. Dried cherry dominates the finish with underlying espresso. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.

Nomad C-276

Forty minutes in, the second third comes to a close. Creamy, buttery cocoa delights on the draw complimented by a wonderful salted caramel and pretzel mix. More caramel comes through the retro-hale with hazelnut and sweet leather. On the finish, dried cherry continues to dominate on top of some nutty earth and black pepper spice. There is no change to strength or body.

Nomad C-276

The final third gets me to an hour and a half. On the draw, I get a blast of black pepper with cocoa and leathery earth. Through the nose, I pick up more caramel and hazelnut alongside a salty toast. I’m treated to more dried cherry on the finish with pretzel and meaty oak. Both strength and body jump to the full mark.

Nomad C-276

The Nomad C-276 is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked this year. It’s extremely complex with deep, bold flavors that keep you wanting more. Construction is top notch with great smoke output and a perfect burn. This is a must try cigar worthy of a box purchase. It truly blew me away, and I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)