At the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, Southern Draw Cigars will present a limited edition one-time release known as the Kudzu Lustrum. Lustrum is the name that comes from the times of Ancient Rome and it means five-year period. Lustrum will also be an ongoing series of small batch releases (25,000 to 75,000 cigars) of future one-time releases that Southern Draw will receive on each fifth-year anniversary milestone. Kudzu Lustrum will have a formal unveiling at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show.
Produced at AJ Fernandez’s factory, Kudzu Lustrum is a Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a high priming Medio-Tiempo Habano wrapper over a binder from Ometepe and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar comes in one size – a 5 1/2 x 52 box pressed Belicoso Fino. The cigars are ten-count paper mazos (bundles) featuring hand-drawn art depicting the family’s prior military service and history. A total of 2,500 mazos have been produced. Pricing is set at $11.89 per cigar or $118.99 per mazo.
“If we were entering a BBQ cook-off this summer and only had a single cut of meat to submit to the judges, the LUSTRUM would be a consensus choice by the family. Offering extravagant and rather pricey vintage tobaccos at a blue collar price, a thank you to those who have supported the brand over the last five years. We think we have a cigar worthy of celebrating the first five years of Southern Draw – a family company that by the Grace of God and for the love and support of an industry – has made it longer and been more consistent than many expected. Enjoy the LUSTRUM and share your feedback and reviews,” commented founder Robert Holt in a press release.
Earlier this month, 220 20-count boxes of the Kudzu Lustrum in a 6 x 52 Toro format was released at the 2019 Smokin’ in the Carolinas event held in Burlington, North Carolina. Plans are to make that cigar available to select Casa de Montecristo and JR Cigar retail locations.
At a glance, here is a look at the Kudzu Lustrum:
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Medio Tiempo Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan (Ometepe)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
Belicoso Fino: 5 1/2 x 52
Toro: 6 x 52 (JR/Casa de Montecristo Release)