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Cigar Review: 300 Manos “Trescientos Manos” Habano from Southern Draw Cigars

300 Manos “Trescientos Manos” Habano from Southern Draw Cigars




300 MANOS Habano (pronounced Trescientos MANOS) features an Ecuadorian wrapper over a Cameroon binder and fillers of Nicaragua and the DR.

It’s counterpart 300 HANDS Maduro uses an Estelí – grown maduro wrapper over an Indonesian binder as well as fillers of Nicaragua and the DR.

Both blends will be offered in the same five sizes, retailing between $5.99 and $6.49. Aiming for affordability, SD hopes to drive attention to “one of the least developed countries in Latin America.”

Southern Draw will also be donating 25% of profits from 300 HANDS to the Nicaraguans that are featured throughout the project. 


Robert and Sharon Holt Unveil 300 Hands at the Southern Draw Booth IPCPR 2018, Las Vegas NV.



At the launch, Robert shared the stories of five Nicaraguans, José Efraim Flores Arauz (Farm Supervisor), Pedro Osniel Perez Rivadulla (Fermentation Technician), Anielka Romero Perez (tobacco sorter), Elsa Guadalupe Vallecillo (manager of quality control), and Roxanna Judith Martinez Flores (cigar roller). 

300 Hands is a tribute to the unsung hero’s of Nicaragua, each box comes with a card displaying one workers picture and message.




Available Sizes of 300 Manos Habano:

  • Petit Edmundo: 4.75 x 52
  • Coloniales: 5 1/4  x 44
  • Piramides: 6.12 x 52
  • Churchill: 7.0 x 48




The Ecuadorian wrapper is light brown in color with notable vein, minimal tooth and seam. The reviewed vitola measured 5 1/4 x 44, it’s rolled in the Coloniales format with a rounded cap and a wide open foot.

Simple is the band but powerful is the message. Solid heavy stock paper with jagged edges, it reads “300 MANOS” in solid black font on a white background.

Along the side reads “HABANO” in black font with “PUROS DE NICARAGUA” in between a silhouette of the nation of Nicaragua in solid black. Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, sage and mild barnyard. The cold draw produced flavors leather, clove and Chamomile tea.






An aroma of heavy cedar off the toasted foot. Flavors of mild cedar char and orange peel for the first few draws accompanied by a leather spice notable in between draws.

When the components settle in, flavors of creamy leather, sweet cedar and glazed almonds. There is minimal background involvement as the aforementioned core flavors at first light are on point producing a creamy finish.

The spicy element is in the form of balanced herbal spiced tea complimenting the flavors of creamy leather. MED white pepper on the retro with a long finish covering all areas of the palate in between draws.




Heading into cruise control the core flavors are on point. Creamy leather, herbal spiced tea and roasted almonds with nuances of clove. Raw walnuts have appeared in the background complimenting the core flavors creating a creamy nutty finish.

The spicy element at the halfway point in the form a MILD black table pepper dusting. The retro has increased in strength with upper an dose of white pepper evolving into a mild flavor of caramel.





In the final third consistent flavors of creamy leather, spiced tea and roasted almonds have been on point. Background flavors of raw walnuts and mild coffee are balancing in with the aforementioned flavors providing a sweet and spicy finish.

The pepper that appeared at the halfway point has remained mild, but present, in the form of black table pepper.

The retro has amped up again to the level of FULL white pepper evolving into a distinct flavor of caramel straight out of a Crackerjack box.




• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction with a consistent transition throughout each smoking stage. No cracks, soft spots or blemishes noted.


• BURN: Razor sharp burn with a minimal black carbon line.


• ASH: Solid grey ash holding about an inch. Tapped with ease but didn’t push it any longer to avoid wearing it.


• CUT: V CUT with a XIKAR VX metal v cutter.


• DRAW: Wide open with minimal resistance.




• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter in Lake Tahoe. Cedar matches back on the cigar oasis.


• STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM bodied with a taste profile of creamy nutty flavors.





I took away many experiences from this years trade show, but none left more of an impact than the launching of 300 Hands at the Southern Draw booth.

Not even a delay from the previous nights fire affected the spirit and powerful message that friends, family, retailers and media in attendance experienced.

From seed to smoke it’s said the end product passes through 300 Hands and the project is a dedication to all the individuals responsible for the wonderful cigars we all enjoy.

The 300 Manos Habano had a full compliment of creamy leather and nutty flavors with a balance of herbal spiced tea and mild black pepper. Another stellar addition to an impressive portfolio it joins CEDRUS “The Hogan” as well as 300 Hands Maduro as regularly available products from Southern Draw.


Cigar reviewed: 300 Manos Coloniales Habano

Cigars for review: Provided by Southern Draw, Media Kit

Cigars smoked for review: 5

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 5 1/4 x 44 (Coloniales)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua, D.R

Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez

Blender; Robert Holt

Release date: July at the 2018 IPCPR, Las Vegas Nevada

News source: Southern Draw press release

Toar Campbell

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