From halfwheel.com : “Desert Rose has a heartier wrapper and is a more robust version of our original blend,” said Sharon Holt, adding that it is “a symbol of the family as we stand our ground and confront the changing seasons and mounting challenges that we continue to encounter as we execute our mission of unity, charity and the service via this little brand.”
Southern Draw Desert Rose Belicoso Fino (5.5×52)
$10.38 – $186.75
Let’s personally thank Sharon Holt for playing such a big part in the making of Southern Draw’s Rose of Sharon. Had it not been for the determination and will of herself and her husband we wouldn’t have the pleasure of releasing their newest stick: The Desert Rose. This stick commemorates all of the hard work and challenges that they’ve endured throughout their time in the cigar world.
Edgar Poureshagh –
So I bought two of these from Cigars Daily… I had a little more money budgeted than what I came to buy, so I thought I should try these since I hear so much about them. I smoked the first one about 10 days after getting them… and let me tell you that it wasn’t good. The flavors were totally disjointed and it made for a bad smoking experience… so second cigar just ended up sitting in my wineador for months…. about six months I’d say. The other day I was lighting the grill during the day, and didn’t feel like a maduro, so I grabbed the second cigar thinking that I just wanted something to smoke. Let me tell you, it was awesome. One of the best cigars I’ve had in the last month… I don’t know whether the specific cigar doesn’t travel well, or whether I had a one-off bad one… but I strongly suggest that if you buy these, you build in enough time to really ensure they can properly rest in your humidor.
The cigar started off with latte-like flavors… with small hints of a cashew nut and cinnamon. Cayenne on the retro but it was balanced and didn’t feel like it was attacking my sinuses. After the first third, the cinnamon went to a clove, and there was a nice candied sweetness (like a candied ginger). Little floral notes came out too. The strength ramps up towards the end. Transitioned in the final third to cedar and milk chocolate. Touches of pepper. Ends with cappuccino like flavors and a smokey cedar.
Construction and quality are top notch. I walked away from the cigar for a few minutes two or three times while smoking it… and when I came back it was still perfectly lit… like I never walked away. This size and shape are also really comfortable… and the wrapper has a soft and silky quality to it.
It really was a pleasure and a huge surprise considering how much I didn’t like my first experience with the cigar. If you’re only buying a couple of sticks like I did, then I’d consider forgetting them in your humidor for a few months at minimum before smoking.
Alan Cota (verified owner) –
It was a mellow creamy and smooth smoke. It went nice with a strong cup of black coffee. My only complain was the draw. It’s pretty tight. But nothing that can’t be fixed. Construction was amazing and the burn was razor sharp. No touch ups needed at all.
I tasted some notes of roasted nuts with some cream. I’d buy again.
Eric Mellott (verified owner) –
This was an amazing cigar ! Amazing construction, taste everything really . I never considered buying one of these and my wife supposed me with in for father’s day . Definitely will try more southern draw cigars .
Jeremy Coggins (verified owner) –
Very smooth and creamy, but I absolutely DO NOT feel like this cigar lived up to all the hype I heard about it. I had some construction issues, but overall it burned well and I would be willing to try again. I do feel it is a little overpriced and overhyped however.