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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Lancero
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Murphy223
86
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member nickthafish (Nick).  The cigar provided for this round is the Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Lancero.  Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua – The Rose of Sharon embraces a unique blend. The natural cloud cover of Ecuador has supplied us with a prized wrapper, a velvety feel, gentle sweetness and a toasty burn, our beloved Nicaragua has gifted us with rich and elegant binder and filler tobaccos while the distinct Piloto Cubano of the Dominican Republic adds a dose of boldness and spice that allows this blend live up to its moniker: “She don’t know she’s beautiful!”

Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
40
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Mild
Shape:
Lonsdale

This cigar was enjoyed with Black Coffee

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

I don't normally smoke lanceros so was excited to give this a try.  

Light in hand, the cigar smelled sweet and earthy.

The Pre-Light Draw hinted of leather and hay with a bit of nuttiness so was looking forward to getting started.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted the foot and noticed right away that the draw was wide open.  I thought this would be a quick smoke.  

The burn was a bit wonky early on.  It needed a few touch-ups to fix but midway through the first third, it kept a nice even burn the rest of the way.

The Ash held for about 3/4 inch at a time.

The Burn rate was ok but I think a little quick due to it having a wide-open draw. Very little resistance.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Nice cap with a smooth light brown wrapper with minimal veins.

This cigar seemed well constructed. It was very light and didn't appear to be tightly packed as mentioned above which I think contributed to the open draw.

Flavor: 38 Points of 45 Possible

Flavor - Initial hit was of black pepper which smoothed out a bit and I picked up hay and leather during the first third.

From the black pepper in the first third, the second third is where I picked up some white pepper.  Slightly less spicy and a some of the earthy, nuttiness started to come through.

Final third actually got a little bitter for me.  Perhaps I was smoking too quickly and built up some tar but it didn't finish well.

Overall the flavor was fairly consistent throughout. Bits of spice with leathery, earthy and nutty under-tones.

Smoke time about 45 minutes.
Definitely a Medium to Full bodied cigar.

Summary

I'd like to thank nickthafish (Nick) for allowing me to participate.  

I always appreciate these reviews so try to take them a little more serious than my normal smokes.

While it may not have finished the way it started, I did enjoy this cigar and would definitely try more from Southern Draw.



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