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Cigar Review: Rose of Sharon “Desert Rose” From Southern Draw Cigars

Toar Campbell

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Rose of Sharon “Desert Rose” From Southern Draw Cigars




The “DESERT ROSE” from Southern Draw Cigars is a hearty sun-loving cigar that thrives in these hot temperatures, a perfect addition to the Rose of Sharon premium cigar line.

“Desert Rose, has a heartier wrapper and is a more robust version of our original blend, 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,” per Sharon Holt – aka the boss lady.





The Desert Rose is covered in a velvety smooth Ecuadorian cloud-grown Claro wrapper, and integrity from a thick and flavorful Condega, Nicaraguan Habano binder and a new filler combination marrying both Corojo 99 and Piloto Cubano ligeros from Honduras and the Dominican Republic.



Robert Holt owner of Southern Draw Cigars holds an example of the packaging (10 count paper mazos) of the Rose of Sharon “Desert Rose” at the unveiling at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas NV.






The Ecuadorian cloud-grown Claro wrapper has a soft serve peanut butter ice cream look to it.

At 5 1/2 x 52 it’s presented in the Belicoso Fino format, last years Cedrus “The Hogan” was offered in the same box-press format.

The Desert Rose has light tooth, vein and minimal seam with a squared open foot and a pointed perfecto cap.

Two bands sit on the cigar with the main band reading “SOUTHERN DRAW” in gold font on a pink background with gold and black accents.

Along the sides read “AGED” and “HAND MADE” in black font with “SOLI DEO GLORIA” in black font on a gold background.

The secondary band is also pink with gold accents reading the “DESERT ROSE” in gold font on a black background.

Pre-light aroma had notes of sweet cedar, cinnamon and light chocolate.

The cold draw produced flavors of vanilla bean, coffee grounds and wood.







An aroma of cedar and baked cookies off the toasted foot. Immediate flavors of a light cedar char and orange peel.

The blend settles in with flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, creamy leather and plain cheerios.

Background flavors of roasted nuts and light chocolate.

The spicy element is in the form of MILD to MED white pepper which continued on the retro-hale evolving into a finish of sweet floral and chocolate.




In the second half the banquet of breakfast flavors continue with plain dried cheerios, light hazelnut, rich butter, sweet brown cinnamon and creamy leather.

Roasted oily nuts and light chocolate continue as background flavors balancing with all aforementioned flavors.

The spicy element continues with MILD white pepper keeping the “Desert Rose” straight MED bodied thus far.

MED white pepper on the retro-hale with a long finish of chocolate.




Heading into the final third core flavors of plain dried cheerios, light hazelnut, brown cinnamon, rich butter and an appearance of lightly toasted marshmallows are up front and on point.

The background profile continues with assorted roasted nuts and light chocolate have been consistent since first light with MILD to MED white pepper taking care of the spicy element.

Consistent MED white pepper on the retro-hale through the nose with a continuous finish of light chocolate.




• CONSTRUCTION: Extremely well constructed with a light softness the Rose of Sharon “Desert Rose has a notably thicker wrapper than it’s regular production counterpart. Construction was solid and consistent with no cracks or blemishes.


• BURN: Continuous combustion of wrapper, binder and filler with a thick black carbon line on the Ecuadorian cloud-grown Claro wrapper.


• ASH: The salt and pepper colored ash was semi-circular holding an inch-plus and tapping off with ease.


• CUT: All three examples were straight cut.


• DRAW: Wide open draw produced thick plumes of aromatic creamy white smoke.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.


• FIRE: JetLine triple torch lighter.


• STRENGTH: Straight MEDIUM bodied.




The “Desert Rose” blooms with the rising sun and is perfectly paired with a morning coffee.

Loaded with creamy buttery flavors of light cinnamon, hazelnut, chocolate and plain cheerios in the straight MED bodied wheelhouse.

I would place it in the top 5 morning cigars of all time begging to be paired with an A.M coffee or espresso where the “Desert Rose” truly blossoms.





Cigar reviewed: Rose of Sharon “Desert Rose”

Cigars for review: Provided by Southern Draw Cigars 

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 95

Size: 5 1/2 x 52 (Belicoso Fino)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cloud Grown Claro 

Binder: Nicaraguan 

Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano ligero 

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. 

Box count: 10 count special Mazo  

Production: Full production, 150,000 per year 

MSRP: $11.99 

Information source: Southern Draw Cigars

Photos by: Cigar Smoke


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