Our Score (1.5 / 5)
- RH – 69% For 1 Week
- MSRP – $6.29
- Smoke Time – 1 Hour 15 Minutes
- Wrapper – Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder – Cameroon
- Filler – Nicaraguan/ Dominican Republic
- Length – 5.625
- Ring Gauge – 46
Initial Reactions and Appearance
Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano smells earthy and nutty, and the wrapper is a medium-dark color with a very oily texture to it. One ugly vein runs about halfway down the stick, but other than that it looks okay. The unlit draw doesn’t provide a whole lot aside from a tiny bit of earthiness, so there’s really no indication as to how this stick will taste.
The initial puffs are actually quite nice. The earthy flavors start of pretty mild, and the retrohale has a sweet, toasted taste—one of my favorite flavors on a cigar.
One of the only notable changes in Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano’s second third is the appearance of a little coffee on the retrohale. The burn and draw are both consistent, but a little bitterness appears partway through. As the smoke continues, the bitterness grows in strength, and it gets to the point of being almost unbearable. A shame, as I really enjoyed the first third.
The bitterness fades a bit, but it’s still too potent. Any flavors that might be present are completely masked by the exhausting bitterness. This smoke really fatigues the palate.
Would I Smoke Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano Again?
Maybe. The first third was really great, and I think I might revisit this stick in 6 months or a year to see if the bitterness subsides. It’s a good cigar to support, seeing as how 25% of the proceeds go to supporting charities in Nicaragua.
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