Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose. The Deadwood Tobacco series is an interesting project. One of the oldest Drew Estate accounts is based in Deadwood, South Dakota. And Deadwood is just a stone-throw away from Sturgis. Sturgis is the home of the largest motorcycle gathering in the world, with 500.000 visitors each year. Miss Vaughn Boyd was the owner of Deadwood Tobacco and she wanted a blend exclusively for her shop. She worked with the Drew Estate team and the Sweet Jane was born. Surprisingly, that sweet, infused cigar became a big hit at the Sturgis motorcycle event. Big, hairy, heavily tattooed bikers fell in love with the infused, sweetened cigar.
The line grew. Crazy Alice came along, just as Fat Bottom Belly. The demand for the cigars was so high, that Drew Estate asked Miss Boyd if they could offer the cigars to other shops, nationwide. Miss Boyd allowed it, and the popularity grew even bigger. This summer, the long lost sister Leather Rose returned to Deadwood. She is the bad-ass sister, who left Deadwood to rob banks and cause havoc. But she’s back with her sisters now, as a more robust and spicier version of the other Deadwood blends. The blend for this 5×54 Torpedo is undisclosed. The wrapper is Maduro, that’s all Drew Estate would disclose. But the origin of the wrapper, binder, and filler is a mystery.
The cigar looks a little rough and intimidating. The torpedo has a sharp head. The dark, slightly rough Maduro wrapper gives it a mean look. Add the spiderweb and the Cinco de mayo kinda lady on the ring and this is a cigar that is kinda scary. Kind of Halloween as well, without the pumpkin spice. But the looks fit with the story of the bad sister of the bunch. The construction feels good. As for the aroma, well, let’s say it’s unique. A mixture of smoked eel, Eau de toilet, and charred wood. Not unpleasant though.
The cap is sweetened, much to our disliking. As expected, the sweetened wrapper overpowers the flavor of the burning tobacco. Underneath the cotton candy sweetness, there is some citrus, wood, and leather. Slowly there is some roasted coffee bean flavor as well, and the sweetness seems to lose a little bit of strength. In the second third, pepper and wood are getting stronger.
The smoke is typical Drew Estate. A building on fire would not produce as much smoke as the Leather Rose. The ash is pepper and salt colored. The burn is beautiful. Due to the overwhelming cotton candy sweetness, this cigar isn’t balanced. It’s medium to medium-full bodied, full-flavored. Too bad the full flavor is mostly sweetness. The perfect smoke and fantastic construction play a big part in the 90 rating. Based on flavor alone, the cigar would rate much lower. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? No. I’ll stick to traditional cigars.