“Two words came to my mind after smoking the QuickDraw Habano Corona Gorda – flavor bomb. On top of that, this cigar delivers the whole package – excellent construction, a nice amount of complexity, and of course great flavor.”
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Dark Habano
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez
Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46
Review: QuickDraw Habano Corona Gorda by Southern Draw Cigars (12/11/17)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): 2 (2017, 2018)
Coming in at #30 is the QuickDraw Habano Corona Gorda by Southern Draw Cigars. This was a part of three Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) sized line extensions added to the blends of the QuickDraw line. QuickDraw is a brand in the Southern Draw portfolio that has featured connoisseur-sized offerings geared at smaller, quicker smokes. The Corona Gorda size was added to the QuickDraw Connecticut, QuickDraw PA Broadleaf, and QuickDraw Habano lines.
The blend features an Ecuadorian Dark Habano wrapper over all-Nicaraguan tobaccos used for the binder and filler. As with all Southern Draw Cigars, the cigar is produced at AJ Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez facility in Estelí, Nicaragua.
This little cigar comes up big in the flavor department – producing a mix of flavors such as natural tobacco, fruit, dry wine, chocolate, pepper, and classic wood. It’s a medium to full-bodied smoke countered by medium strength.
Southern Draw Cigars has been on fire the past couple of years, but this is perhaps the company’s most under-the-radar release and earns a spot on the best of the best for 2018.
For details of the 2018 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2018 criteria.
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