Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone

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Cigar Details: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone

  • Vitola: Salomone
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Binder: United States
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Robert Holt
  • Price: $11.99
  • Release Date: July 2019
  • Source: Southern Draw

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone is very dark brown, almost black with a couple of slightly raised veins present. The seams are pretty well hidden due to how dark the cigar is and the pointed cap of this short salomone is well wrapped. The cigar has two bands, with the primary being the company standard design but with a bluish purple for this line while the secondary band has the same color combination over a white background and denotes the line. There is also a cedar sleeve that runs from just under the secondary band to just shy of the end of the nipple foot. I know that the cedar sleeve is part of the previous releases for this line but feel it disguises the beauty of this vitola as at an initial glance, you would think the cigar is just a Belicoso. The aroma from the wrapper is Mexican cocoa with some earthiness mixed in. Nothing new from the foot as it has a very small nipple opening. The pre-light draw brings a mix of black tea and leather with a mild spice.

Pre-light Experience

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone has a figurado shape, with half of the cigar covered in a cedar sleeve. It features double bands, in the style of gold lettering on blue background with some white highlights on the secondary band. The secondary band indicates ‘Jacobs Ladder Brimstone’. The cigar wrapper is quite dark, with firmly pressed veins. Nosing the cigar, I’m able to detect aromas of stewed prunes, sweet tobacco, with nothing discernible out of the small amount of exposed foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone has a beautiful thick oscuro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll uniformed with a nice give and tapered head well wrapped. Nosing the wrapper gives barnyard, beef jerky and anise. Cold draw tells mainly cedar shavings.

First Third

The depth of flavor as the cigar begins is pretty good as it is bringing dark earth, wood, baking spice and black pepper. At a half inch in, the earth has become much lighter while the baking spice and black pepper are becoming much more intertwined. The retrohale brings musty wood and black pepper. At an inch in, the earth has a dryness to it, but it isn’t creating a dry feel on the palate. The baking spice has also taken over the black pepper. At an inch and a half, the earth begins taking on a darker profile again. As the third comes to a close, the profile is wood, dark earth, mustiness and a light baking spice. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

There’s an absolute blast of monster pepper to open. That pepper lingers significantly on the palate through the post draw. That pepper almost presents like habanero. Underneath that pepper is some creaminess and sweetness, along with light cedar. The pepper begins to recede to medium-full as creaminess starts to establish itself, bringing a cedar chaser. Sweetness carries into the post draw, with some stewed dark fruit joining. The post draw takes on a drying cedar aspect. By the 20 minute mark, the pepper is down to medium strength. By the 25 minute mark, I’m really feeling the nicotine strength. Like the original Jacobs Ladder, this cigar has quite the kick. At the halfway point, cedar is driving the profile, with the pepper that was so dominant now a light supporting flavor.

First Third

The first third gives way to a medium plus body and strength platform. The mouthfeel is chalky with more specific flavors of dominant dirt/soil and red pepper spice. The earthiness in dirt/soil is in full swing within the mouth draws, retrohales and especially finish. Speaking more specifically of the retrohale, the red pepper spice level is increased two folds along with a citrus twang.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the earth becomes dry again and does bring a slight dryness to the palate. At a quarter inch in, the wood, earth and mustiness are all equal while the baking spice is in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, some char and a slight meatiness join the profile. The retrohale is musty wood and light, dry earth. At an inch and a quarter, the overall dryness has increased as the wood and dry earth are slightly ahead of the mustiness and char while the meatiness and baking spice have left the profile. As the third comes to a close, the charred wood and mustiness are up front with the dry earth slightly behind. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Second Third

Creamy cedar through the retrohale, with a light plus pepper to finish. Dry cedar is still defining the post draw. The cigar is full plus in strength by this point. Some tannic cedar moves into the middle of the flavor profile, with that same drying cedar component settling into the post draw. Some molasses joins the middle of the profile as the cigar hits the midway point. The stewed dark fruit returns in the bottom half.

Second Third

The second third still is medium plus in body and strength. In terms of flavors, the spice slightly increases, but the rest of the flavors are the same (chalky mouthfeel, cedar, dirt/soil).

Final Third

The final third continues on with the charred wood and mustiness up front and dry earth slightly behind. At a half inch in, the char reduces a bit. The retrohale carries the charred and musty wood. At an inch in, the mustiness picks up and takes the lead in the profile. The cigar wraps up with the mustiness up front and the wood behind as the char and dry earth have left the profile. The strength in this third remained at medium-full.

Final Third

Creamy cedar is the flavor driver again, moving into the last third. The post draw is still drying cedar. As the cigar settles in, toasted earth takes over the middle of the profile.

Final Third

Nothing new to talk about within the final third. Still medium plus strength and body of chalky mouthfeel, cedar, red pepper spice and dirt/soil.

Burn

The burn line was straight the whole way. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn is relatively straight throughout the smoking experience. The ash is flaky at times, holding up to 1.5 inches.

Burn

Fantastic burn. Tight ashes, even burn and cool burning temperature.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar started with a nice depth and combination of flavors. By the second third, some dry earth settled in and caused some overall dryness for my palate and knocked the enjoyment down a bit. Construction was perfect and strength was medium-full most of the way. The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone is a nice offering in the line, but I don’t feel it reaches or goes beyond the previous iterations. The profile is dark and strong, but the dryness just took away from the overall enjoyment. For fans of the brand and the line, it’s a definite try, but for my preference, I’ll go with one of the previous versions.

Draw

I struggled with the draw rating. Initially the cigar had an average draw, quite tight at about 3 – 4 notches. As the cigar progressed, it opens to 2 – 3 notches. Midway through the first third it settles into 1-2 notches resistant.

Overall

The Jacobs Ladder Brimstone is a great looking cigar that is targeted towards the full bodied smoker. Like the original Jacobs Ladder, this cigar has a lot of dark earth notes, but brings some stewed fruit and various combinations of creamy cedar to the mix. Overall, I found the profile of the Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone to be average, with the best flavor experience coming in the first third. The flavors just didn’t come together as they did in the original Jacobs Ladder. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Draw

Flawless draw giving the perfect air flow.

Overall

The Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone was an average smoking experience, and quite frankly a miss for me. The main gripes I have is the lack of balance and monotony of the smoking experience. I was expecting (and got) the chalky viscous mouthfeel, but what the cigar highly lacked was layering of flavors. The dominance in earthiness of soil/dirt, red pepper and cedar was a bit too substantial. The cigar lacked softer flavors of sweetness and creaminess to break up the heavy earth. Basically, it needs to deliver what the Robusto and Lancero versions did. I’ll reach for the other versions over this one.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.97

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$2.02

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.09

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder Brimstone
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  • Nathan Wilkerson - December 2, 2019 reply

    Appreciate this review… I love Southern Draw, so I’ll be on the lookout for a deal on these. Thank you!

  • Bob Borgeson - December 3, 2019 reply

    Thanks for the reviews!

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