“…Southern Draw Cigars has been able to establish a solid portfolio in a short amount of time. However, when it comes to the Rose of Sharon Toro, this cigar takes Southern Draw to another level.”
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan (Viso, Seco); Dominican Piloto Cubano (Ligero)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)
Toro: 6 x 52 (Box Pressed)
Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Toro (5/24/17)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Brand): 1 (2017)
Coming in at #20 is the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Toro. The Rose of Sharon is the Southern Draw Cigars’ second Connecticut Shade cigar following up the QuickDraw Connecticut. While the QuickDraw Connecticut is a line that focuses on smaller, thinner connoisseur sizes, the Rose of Sharon offers a different blend in a box-press format utilizing what can be considered more traditional sizes for the U.S. market. The cigar pays tribute to Southern Draw Cigars’ Chief Evangelist and Founder Robert Holt’s wife Sharon.
Southern Draw Cigars becomes the first company to capture two spots on the 2017 Cigar of the Year Countdown as Rose of Sharon joins Jacobs Ladder, who came in at #28. Since Southern Draw exclusively works with AJ Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory, Rose of Sharon gives that factory its second cigar on the Countdown. In addition, Rose of Sharon is the second Connecticut Shade cigar to land on this year’s Countdown as well as the first box-pressed for 2017.
In addition to an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, the Rose of Sharon consists of a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler. The Toro size is 6 x 52 box-pressed.
The Rose of Sharon Toro delivers notes of cream, cedar, fruit, and black pepper. Earlier in the smoking experience, there is more in the way of the cream notes, but toward the second third, there was a transition to a more cedary profile. Throughout the smoking experience, I found the fruit and pepper notes delivered a nice balance of sweetness and spice. Strength and body-wise, I found the Rose of Sharon remained in the same spectrum as before. This is a cigar that started out mild to medium in strength before progressing to medium in the second half. Meanwhile, the body started out medium before progressing to medium to full in the last third.
2017 was a breakthrough year for Southern Draw Cigars. The Rose of Sharon is not only a cigar worthy of making this year’s countdown, but it has all of the ingredients to be a cigar with staying power for many years to come.
For details of the 2017 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2017 criteria.
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