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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: danb6177
89
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 Left Hand Milk stouts

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Beautiful look on this one. Silky smooth light tan wrapper. Silky feel with minimal veins and a big double cap. Very nice band presentation with the pink reminiscent of the name. Cigar has a firm feel with a small amount of give. Has a big barnyard aroma with a sweetness on the foot. Cuts clean and has a faint sweet tobacco on the cold draw.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Cigar lit up easy and had a razor sharp burn. The ash fell off in 1+ inch chunks leaving a small cone behind. The smoke was copious and thick and had a great aroma off the foot. Into the last third started to need a few touch ups but nothing major.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw right off the bat was loose and gave off plenty of creamy smoke. Its tightened up in the first 10 mins and was pretty much perfect. Cigar stayed nice and cool throughout with no wrapper or cap splits/issues. Very well constructed cigar. As I said before at the end a few minor touch ups was all.

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

This cigar starts off medium body with mild flavors. Like I said before the smoke output was huge and the smoke body was thick and creamy almost chewy. By the 2/3 the mildness ramped up to a medium also. I would not call this a complex cigar although it did have a few transactions.
We started off with a sweet tobacco core on the draw which added and earthiness and a light pepper zing on the finish. The pepper was soft through the nose and very pleasant. After 10 mins when the draw snugged up nicely a cedar was added to the draw and the pepper died off a little and a coffee came through on the finish.
Into the 2/3 when the cigar ramped up to a medium flavor profile the coffee became more prominent and a nuttiness came though on the draw. The earthy flavors were not being detected anymore and the pepper was all but gone.
Into the last third the flavors remained as they were just a little more ramped up. A coffee and nuttiness with sweet tobacco core.

Summary

I liked this cigar. I would suggest it as a morning or afternoon smoke with coffee or tea. Something to relax to and enjoy as it was a very good cigar. The flavors were pronounced and easy to pick out, the milder profile was relaxing and the construction made it easy to smoke as it didnt need any attention really. Id smoke this again for sure. Thanx again for letting me review this stick!



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