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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Southern Draw Cigars Rose of Sharon Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bstessl)
77
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 water then Elijah Craig Small Batch

Pre-Light: 12 Points of 20 Possible

This is a smooth light brown wrapper, and the cigar was on the softer side of the spectrum.  Minimal veins with smooth seams.  The cap held strong with a single punch and the cold draw was sweet, with a bit of pepper on the lips.  There was a small crack around the first third mark.

Light & Burn: 15 Points of 15 Possible

the light was easy and the burn started with a slight wave that straightened out very nicely.  No touch-ups needed.  The ash held through the first third with a grey/white color.  This cigar had a good amount of smoke.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was for the most part good, but it did have a small crack and after removing the primary band, there was a blemish that was hiding.  The wrapper and cap held very nice throughout the smoke.  The draw was nice and easy throughout.

Flavor: 26 Points of 35 Possible

This cigar started off with a strong black pepper which faded a little and brought on some coffee on the retrohale.  It was a smooth smoke that didn't have much complexity to it.  

2nd third  The burn held strong through the small crack.  The pepper stuck around and some earthy tones came into the mix.  Unfortunately around the half there was a considerable amount of sting on the tongue.

Final 3rd  The sting hung around coming and going as the smoke progressed.  Flavors were still pepper, earth and a hint of coffee.

Summary

Over all, I'd say that this was a decent smoke that was a solid medium.  The burn was fantastic, and the flavors were OK.  The sting on the tongue was a bit rough to handle at times, but not horrible.  I did have a cold days prior to smoking this, which could have affected the flavor profile a bit (sorry about that), I would definitely give this one another try in the future.



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