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Master Blenders: Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars

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Cigar Advisor Podcast: Robert Holt, Founder/Chief Evangelist of Southern Draw Cigars

For this latest podcast, we welcome Robert Holt, U.S. Army veteran and founder of Southern Draw Cigars. Thanks to A.J. Fernandez, who blends the cigars for Southern Draw, combined with Robert’s tireless travel schedule promoting the Southern Draw brand at cigar stores across the country, his company has amassed a huge and dedicated following. Robert talks about Southern Draw’s hottest new cigars, Jacob’s Ladder, Rose of Sharon, and more, plus, Southern Draw’s “vision,” Robert’s commitment to God, family, and country, and much more in this stimulating interview.

An Interview with Southern Draw’s Robert Holt

By Gary Korb

Robert Holt, U.S. Army veteran and founder of Southern Draw Cigars, is on a mission with a vision – a vision is based on the “Southern Gentlemen” tradition – a “culture of honor” as it were, where people intentionally avoid offending others and maintain a reputation for not accepting improper conduct by others.

“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,” says Robert.

In addition to Southern culture as it relates to their cigars, there’s also the importance of the Draw, which Robert refers to as, “that wonderful, tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco that is ignited so that its smoke may be effortlessly drawn into the mouth.”

Working alongside Robert is his wife and co-founder, Sharon Holt, who oversees the mission on the home front, while Robert spends over 300 days a year on the road “converting” cigar smokers to the brand. And it’s working. Few boutique cigar brands have had as much success in such a short time period.

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Master Blenders host, Gary Korb, smoking a Southern Draw Rose of Sharon for the podcast. Click to learn more about these great Southern Draw Cigars.

One of the reasons behind their success is that Southern Draw only produces custom-blended cigars handcrafted in limited edition by A.J. Fernandez and his team at Tabacalera Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua. (They currently produce a monthly limit of only 5,000 cigars per blend). Robert is equally involved in the blending process, ensuring that every Southern Draw cigar has been made to the high standards which he and A.J. have established. Add the legwork that Robert puts in to promoting the Southern Draw brand on a day-to-day basis, and it all adds up to integrity, which lies at the heart of the company’s philosophy. Borrowing a line from author, Charles Simmons, Robert says, “Our belief at Southern Draw is that integrity is the first step to true greatness.”

 

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Keith Brendan Anson
6 years ago

Excellent! I hope the word gets out on this great burgeoning boutique brand.

Phil Pritchard
6 years ago

Looking forward to trying all the Southern Draw cigars. Enjoyed the podcast and the background of Southern Draw

Chuck Cleveland
6 years ago

I’ve enjoyed Rose of Sharon and Firethorn, I’ll definitely have them again.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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