Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon is a unique Connecticut blend named for Robert’s wife, Sharon. It features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The wrapper is a light, soft box press with little oil. The initial smell is very nutty with a tinge of hay. Upon lighting the cigar there are some strong grass and hay tones, but with a milky chocolate undertone from the Dominican leaf in the filler. The chocolate tones stick around for the length of the smoke, and about halfway through a very mild chili afterburner joins the mix. What I find most unique about this stick is the nutty scent and flavors that come to the foreground. This stick is a very beautifully balanced mix of flavors that I thoroughly enjoyed. The cigar is also very well composed – the ash held together very well to where I only needed to ash a few times the whole smoke. Overall, as a person who usually prefers dark and bold cigars, this one surprised me! I can definitely see this medium cigar making it into my regular rotation. Well done Southern Draw!