A new size of Southern Draw’s pink-banded Rose of Sharon will be unveiled at the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and it will offer a tweaked blend from the original.

The Desert Rose is a 5 1/2 x 52 box pressed belicoso fino that uses an Ecuadorian claro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder from Condega and fillers containing Honduran corojo 99 and piloto cubano from the Dominican Republic. The company calls it medium-bodied and medium-flavored that is marked by a smooth yet spicy burst of flavor.

“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.”

The cigar is being produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí, with the company producing 75,000 cigars this year. Shipping is planned to occur in July, September and November, with 25,000 cigars to be shipped in each phase. It is priced at $11.99 per cigar or $119.99 for a box of 10 cigars.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.