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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Joe McDowell (MacMac)
94
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  This one has been generously sponsored by our member nirab (Brian).  The cigar provided for this round is the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Toro.

Cigars commemorating specific people are nothing new in the cigar industry and Southern Draw Cigars owner Robert Holt added another to the list with a new release. The Rose of Sharon, named after his wife, Sharon Holt, is said to be the mildest offering in the company’s portfoilo so far. It incorporates a blend made up of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos that include Dominican piloto cubano and Nicaraguan seco and visas.

She don’t know she’s beautiful. Besides the apparent beauty of The Rose of Sharon in its semi box pressed format, the release is a celebration of grace and the devotion of Sharon Holt as she continues her daily service via strong faith and daily fellowship. Much like a Rose, Sharon exemplifies our brand with her beautiful soul, humility and a ‘subtle’ boldness which has made an incredible impact on so many lives.

While all three vitolas of Rose of Sharon are packaged in 20-count boxes, the company is also selling 1,000 Petaca handmade cedar cases that hold two of the toro vitola for $25. any time of day. As my feeble minded co-worker likes to say, "you can savor the flavor all day long."


Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
52
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Claro
Strength:
Mild
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with New Belgian Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 20 Possible

The Rose of Sharon is a beautiful cigar. The pink name band makes a wonderful artistic statement against the cigar’s golden brown wrapper. The brand band provides a nice contrast next to the name wrapper. All this makes the cigar’s appearance really pop.

There are very few visible veins and the Rose is silky smooth. It is not dry but there is no visible oil.
The barrel has a nutmeg aroma with the foot smells lightly of hay.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar lit easily and the burn was even throughout the smoking of the cigar. No relights or touch ups were needed. The ash was gray in color and sturdy holding to a length of one and a half inches.


Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The construction of the cigar is first class. The seams are barely visible and the cap seam is very tight. The cigar is firm. The semi box press made the cigar feel good in the grip and on the lips.
My Montechristo Club punch made a perfect hole in the cap. The cap held up under the punch with all the leaves holding firm.
The draw through the cigar was open and free creating a good airflow. The smoke volume was very good.

Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

The cigar toasted creating an initial flavor of roasted nuts followed by a taste of tobacco, cocoa and light pepper. The smoke was abundant and smooth.

The first third of the cigar was mild. The smoke was smooth. A leather flavor became predominate with tobacco flavor remaining and there was a hint of sweetness.

A creaminess was added to the smoothness of the smoke in the second third of the cigar. The leather flavor remained as the tobacco flavor diminished and the sweetness of cocoa started coming through. There was also a hint of white pepper.

The burn remained even in the last third of the cigar and the burn rate slowed a bit. The volume of smoke remained and a woody cedar flavor emerged. The smoke was a little less creamy. Near the end of the smoking of the cigar, the woody flavor became more charred and oaky. The hints of pepper became stronger and the sweetness diminished.

Summary

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Toro is a very nice cigar. The flavors are complex and change throughout the smoking of the cigar. The first two thirds of the cigar have better flavors than the last third. Overall, the cigar has a mild body and a medium strength. This is a very good cigar to have in your humidor.



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