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Cigar Review: 300 Hands Maduro, Southern Draw Cigars

300 Hands Maduro, Southern Draw Cigars




The name is sure to be familiar with many cigar enthusiasts, as it is often estimated that a cigar will come into contact with 300 hands throughout the entire manufacturing process from seed to smoke.

But Southern Draw has put a new spin on the term, attempting to share the stories from 300 Nicaraguans throughout the cigar manufacturing industry.



“We hereby ask our valued retail and media partners to join us as we endeavor to share the stories of 300 Nicaraguan brothers and sisters, using their words, their emotions and their heartfelt pleas to help their neighbors.

We have high hopes for a better Nicaragua as they fight to overcome decades old struggles that have just recently escalated into what has been deemed a “newsworthy” crisis. They are 300 HANDS” and this is their story.“


– Robert Holt, co-founder of Southern Draw Cigars




300 HANDS Maduro and 300 MANOS Habano (Trescientos MANOS) on display at the Southern Draw Booth – 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.




300 HANDS Maduro uses an Estelí-grown maduro wrapper over an Indonesian binder and fillers of Nicaragua and the DR. The cigar’s counterpart, 300 MANOS Habano (pronounced Trescientos MANOS) features an Ecuadorian wrapper over a Cameroon binder and fillers of Nicaragua and the DR.


Cigar Smoke was in attendance for the official unveiling of 300 Hands at the 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.




300 Hands Maduro Available Sizes:

  • Churchill: 7 x 48
  • Coloniales: 5 1/4 x 46
  • Corona Gorda: 5 5/8 x 46
  • Petit Edmundo: 4 3/4 x 52
  • Piramides: 6 1/2 x 52






With the appearance of a dark Hershey’s chocolate bar it also has the accompanying aroma. Almost seamless and smooth it has very little tooth and vein. At 6 1/2 x 52 it’s rolled in the Paramides format with a wide open rounded foot and a pointed torpedo cap.

One band sits on the cigar, simple is the design but strong is the message honoring factory workers in Nicaragua largely responsible for the cigars we all enjoy. On the band reads “300 HANDS” in blue font on a matte white background.

Along the side is a silhouette of the Nicaragua with the words “CIGARS OF NICARAGUA” and “MADURO” in blue font on a matte white background.

Pre-light aroma had notes of dark chocolate, malt and brownies. The cold draw produced flavors of sangria, cedar and mild leather.







A heavy aroma of warm chocolate off the toasted foot. Flavors of charred cedar and light orange peel bitterness for a few minutes while combustion sets in.

Once the blend settles in flavors of dark chocolate, infused coffee stout and leather.

The spicy element is in the form of creamy black pepper at the level of MED-PLUS.

An immediate sting of white pepper on the retro evolving into a long balanced wasabi burn through the nose evolving into flavors of cinnamon.




Entering the second half core flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate malt and sweet cedar are up front and on point.

Background flavors of dried fruit sweetness, raisin and red licorice with nuances of light caramel.

Black pepper has been consistent at the MED level. Clean white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of cinnamon sweetness for a long complex and balanced finish.







In the final duration the 300 Hands Maduro has remained MEDIUM-PLUS with continuing flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and chocolate malt.

Background nuances remain sweet with flavors of rich maple, sweet cedar and brown sugar.

Black pepper has decreased slightly to the level of straight MED balancing in with all the aforementioned flavors.

The retro has decreased producing clean white pepper evolving into an extra long finish of cinnamon.




• CONSTRUCTION: Absolutely flawless construction! Zero cracks, blemishes or soft spots.


• BURN: Razor sharp with a thick carbon line.


• ASH: The light colored ash was smooth and thick holding an inch plus.



• CUT: Straight cut all 5 examples smoked for review


• DRAW: Perfect Milkshake type resistance on the draw with an abundance of creamy thick smoke.


• RE LIGHTS: Zero re-lights required.


• FIRE: Triple torch JetLine.






300 Hands Maduro had the look and aroma of a dark chocolate bar with accompanying flavors to support the claim.

In the MED-PLUS wheelhouse it produced a myriad of chocolate, coffee and creamy nuances with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy notes from first light to final third.

300 Hands Maduro concludes our Southern Draw Cigars Media kit commitment, however the ongoing story via media assessment or casual smoke of Southern Draw will continue.

What Robert and Sharon Holt do for Cigars For Warriors with IGNITE SOME GOOD is unmeasurable with words, to give of oneself in the name of charity is one of life’s highest callings and we salute, support and thank them for that-as well as the unseen factory workers behind the scenes directly responsible for 300 Hands.





Cigar Reviewed: 300 Hands Maduro (Piramides) Southern Draw Cigars

Cigars for review: Southern Draw Media Kit

Cigars smoked for review: 5

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 1/2 x 62

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Indonesia

Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic

Release Date: July 2018

Blender: Robert Holt

Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez 

Toar Campbell

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

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