Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder

Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder







Our vision is based on the tradition of the “Southern” Gentlemen which is referred to as a “culture of honor”, that is, a culture where people avoid intentionally offending others and maintain a reputation for not accepting improper conduct by others.

The Southern culture of honor also includes a notion that ladies should not be insulted by gentlemen, so we recommend that whenever possible you include the ladies in our unique lifestyle choices.

I think we can all agree that these are good principles to live by, no matter our current environment, mindset, stress level or even the mounting pressures of life and as such we will strive to promote the Southern culture along with each of our hand crafted cigars.

We also respect the vital importance of the “Draw”, referring to that wonderful, tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is ignited so that its smoke may be “effortlessly” drawn into the mouth and in our case, we offer you a guaranteed Simply Perfect Draw.



Jacobs Ladder cigars were released in 2017, and like all Southern Draw cigars, it was blended by A.J. Fernandez and features a dark, flavorful Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro wrapper that surrounds a core of Nicaraguan longfillers, including Estelí Ligero, with an Ecuadorian binder leaf.

Made in limited production, Jacobs Ladder also continues Southern Draw’s theme of naming its core cigars after flowering plants.

In this case, the Jacobs Ladder was used for medicinal purposes in ancient Greece, but it’s also known for its Old Testament reference as the connection between heaven and earth, which Isaac’s son, Jacob, dreamed about in the book of Genesis. There’s also a family connection to Ethan Jacob Holt, the son of Southern Draw founder, Robert Holt.



  • Robusto: 5 1/2 x 54
  • Toro: 6 x 52
  • Gordo: 6 1/2 x 60
  • Packaging: Boxes of 20 cigars




The Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is almost charcoal black which is very appropriate with the accompanying flavors. Rolled in the semi box pressed, Robusto format the vitola has a covered foot with a rounded cap.

Rustic looking with notable tooth, vein and seam it comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve suitable for lighting. Two bands sit on the cigar with the primary band in midnight blue. Across the band reads “SOUTHERN DRAW” in gold font with an intricate gold design across the top and rounding out both sides of the label.

On the bottom reads “SOLIDEO GLORIA” in black font on a solid gold background. Along the sides reads “AGED” and “HAND MADE” in white font on a blue background. The secondary band is also midnight blue with “JACOBS LADDER” in thin gold font on a solid blue background. Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard, cedar and toffee/caramel. The cold draw had notable resistance and produced flavors of caramel corn, brandy, floral and clove.





There is notable resistance until the unfinished foot burns off and an aroma of warm chocolate brownies off the toasted foot. Flavors of black cherry, coffee and leather with a even dispersion of upper level black pepper.

Background flavors of burnt cashews and molasses. The spicy element is coming from the aforementioned black pepper felt all the way in the back of the throat. Upper level white pepper on the retro giving an immediate sting tapering off into flavors of dried fruit.

  • Black cherry
  • Coffee
  • Leather
  • Burnt Cashews
  • Molasses
  • Black Pepper/FULL




Entering cruise control a floral sweetness has appeared along with leather, sweet tea, raw walnuts and molasses char. There’s an overall burnt flavor notable on the draw similar to burnt cashews and walnuts.

Background flavors are fighting forward with coffee grounds, raw cocoa and clove. The spicy element is coming from an even dispersion of FULL black pepper hitting all areas of the palate creating a long sweet and spicy finish with a leathery aftertaste in between draws.

The retro is producing upper level white pepper burn through the nostrils evolving into flavors of black cherry and dried fruit.

  • Floral Sweetness
  • Leather
  • Sweet Tea
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Molasses/Burnt
  • Cashews/Walnuts/Burnt
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Raw Cocoa
  • Clove
  • Black Pepper/Full Dispersion




In the final third the flavors have really evolved with coffee, sweet tea, creamy leather and molasses. Background flavors of dark chocolate, raw walnuts and cashews with accompanying nuances of burnt flavors have been consistent since first light.

Continuous upper level black pepper has been making the Jacobs Ladder a FULL offering, balancing in with the charred burnt nuances made for a very unique smoking experience. 

The retro has been a constant assault on the nostrils with gritty white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries and dried fruit.

  • Coffee
  • Sweet Tea
  • Leather/Cream
  • Molasses
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Raw Walnuts/Cashews/Burnt
  • Black Pepper/FULL
  • White Pepper/Gritty on the retro evolving into flavors of Black Cherries and Dried Fruit




CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction, no palpable soft spots or blemishes on the charcoal color wrapper. Solid throughout on all three examples


BURN: Slightly crooked but posed zero problems. Thick carbon line separating the ash from the thick wrapper


ASH: Solid grey ash holding past the inch point, barely, tapped off with ease


CUT: All three examples v-cut


DRAW: Heavy resistance from the closed foot, once burned of the Jacobs Ladder produced an easy smooth draw with an over abundance of thick grayish white smoke



STRENGTH: upper FULL with a concert of FULL balanced unique ass kicking flavors





To say that Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder has some very unique flavors would be an understatement. FULL level pepper with an accompanying concert of FULL and almost burnt flavors balanced in perfectly.

Roasted nuts and creamy leather were on point throughout the smoking duration with an easy transition of smoking stages. The sweetness of molasses, cocoa and cashews with an ever present nuance of burnt or charred flavors gave the JL an extra kick.  

The Ladder took off at first light and kept going up. The gritty white pepper on the retro gave the cigar an extra long sweet and spicy finish with an aftertaste of leather and cream.

Consistency of all the aforementioned flavors would put a well deserved smile on anyone’s face who appreciates a FULL bodied FULL flavored cigar.  A word of caution, the journey on this ladder is recommended after a heavy meal or your in for a real ass kicking! 



Cigars for review: Purchased 

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 91

Size: 5 1/2 x 54 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf USA

Binder: Ecuadorian Maduro

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Produced by: AJ Fernandez



Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untapped @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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