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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Curtis (Olddog)
88
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 Plain Ice Water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

This cigar was a good looking stick with double bands decorating it.  It had the aroma of a grass yard to me with faint veins and a dry look to it. It was not too firm and not too spongy,  it had just a slight give to it. Cut smoothly with a straight cutter.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The Rose of Sharon lit very well and evenly. Throughout the smoke the burn was even and had a light smoke.  The ash was firm and had a white and black ash mix.  The ash lasted till around one inch before it was ready to come off.  This lasted the entire burn which was close to an hour and a half.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

Box pressed with a cap on the foot and with very faint veins on it.  Covered with a golden color wrapper.  Had a faint sweet taste to it on the cold draw which I had not been expecting.  The draw was excellent with very little resistance.

Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible

This started with a red pepper taste which I was not expected especially after the sweet taste on the cold draw.  It didn't last too long and nearly went away and gave way to a grassy taste.  All through the first 1/3 the draw as great.  The second third the pepper and grassy taste gave way to a smoother mellower taste.  Hints of cinnamon I believe and a creamy earthy taste took over.  The last third was pretty much the same as the second with nothing really changing in the profile.

Summary

The was overall a very good cigar.  Throughout it maintained mild to medium strength. The flavor profile was consistent with little change after the spicyness went away that was present at the start.  This is a cigar I would purchase and smoke again.  Just enough change in the flavors/strength to keep it interesting.  Want to thank Brian (nirab) for providing this and the little extras sent along with it!



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