OCTOBER 3, 2022
Austin, TX — The Southern Draw Cigars family and AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. have fervently collaborated for 10 years, this time fusing six different tobaccos, in creating our gentlest blend. Resulting in an incomparable brown butter flavor somewhere between subtly toasty and elegantly nutty while remaining classically smooth, intentionally delivering a medium intensity that will be easy for most to enjoy. Claro que sí! Fall Release 2022 continues…
The new core blend is called the MORNING GLORY (ipomoea tricolor or Heavenly Blue) as the name suggests, the inspirational Heavenly Blue morning glory flowers unfurl into full bloom in the early morning, and once the flower closes in the mid-afternoon, the flower never opens again, instead it produces seeds and the vine produces only new flowers the next morning. Each bloom, and in our case, each cigar is a symbol of hope and the fresh start we embrace with each new sunrise that is granted.
Southern Draw Cigars has long been compelled to release this blend but held this and several other releases as we maneuvered through COVID restrictions and supply chain challenges. Despite the Claro or Connecticut Shade (USA) wrapper, MORNING GLORY is an entirely different mixture of tobaccos intended to be a perfect complement to our Rose of Sharon. Based on generous customer feedback, we agree the RoS carries a flavor too substantial to be considered a “lead-pipe cinch” for all new cigar smokers or those that primarily enjoy smooth and mild classic blends. Sure, the MORNING GLORY can be enjoyed anytime, and we expect it will be, but it has the manners and taste in a triumvirate of sizes to be THE first cigar every day.
“The MORNING GLORY has been produced in over 20 sizes or formats, enjoyed by the SDC family for many years, and in an age of instant gratification, it has taken incredible perseverance to achieve our desired result. As the pursuit of our own defined excellence came to an end, we consulted some of the most respected masters of this handmade art, and each had no further suggestions to make the Morning Glory better. The blend is a beautiful token of our daily appreciation to our SDC family that have not previously been honored. Despite their financial investments and collective patient dedication of our continued growth, all have remained quietly offstage but just behind the drawn curtain. A very public thank you to Auntie M, Brendan and Paula, Ellen, Sean, Mark and Julie, George and Kim, Michelle, Kyle, Kris, Larry, Dan O, Tom, Amy, Pat, Zac and Courtney, Mike, and Mike Jr,” the heartfelt sentiments of Robert, Sharon and Ethan Jacob Holt, Southern Draw Cigars.
To provide a “first look” at this new blend before our general release date, Southern Draw Cigars has partnered with Cigars International to include two (one time only) test sizes, 6.5x46 Lonsdale and 6.75x52 Perfecto in a box pressed format which have been included in the Create-Your-Own CIGARfest – 64 Cigar – Deluxe Cigar Package, being sold at each of their retail superstores between September 24th and October 29th, 2022, including seven events highlighting the SDC brand. https://www.cigarsinternational.com/page/cigarfest-2022/2044481/
The MORNING GLORY will be packaged in our faceted 10 count boxes, identical to that of the MANZANITA, the Heavenly Blue color scheme of the boxes and multi-color cigar bands were carefully chosen by Sharon Holt, to embody the morning glory blooms and its climbing green vines.
The Blend: MORNING GLORY
Country of Origin: Nicaragua, produced at AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.
Wrapper: Claro (light), Connecticut, USA
Binder: Habano Hybrid, Nicaragua
Filler: Corojo 99, Criollo 98, Nicaragua
Box: 10 count, single stack
MSRP: $12.49 - $13.99 per cigar – prices subject change based on local, state, and federal taxes and fees
* MORNING GLORY is a regular production blend, 180,000 cigars per year available to all valued retail partners in three sizes, Rothschild 4.75x50, Short Churchill 6.5x48 and Diadema 6.75x52, presales begin November 15, 2022, and delivery is expected in early Q1 2023
For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners, cigar blends and reviews, please visit us at our new website: www.southerndrawcigars.com. Please LIKE us, FOLLOW us & TWEET us - Facebook/Southern Draw, Instagram/SDCIGARS and Twitter/@SDCIGARS.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Additional press contact:
Contact: Robert Holt
Southern Draw Cigars
2802 Flintrock Trace, #267
Austin, TX 78738