Rocky Patel 1961 Toro
Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:13 PM
The foot lights very easily, a white ash forming with the burn starting out perfect. I take a couple puffs and then a long draw revealing a good medium to almost full strength smoke with a medium white pepper spice on the back of the tongue and throat. Itís rather light with a slight oiliness on the palate, and flavors incredibly rich right from the start. Strong black coffee, worn leather, earth, and dark roasted nuts come through with a really good twang in the delicious, lasting finish.
Getting further in, the burn is a bit uneven in places, but not so much that any touching up is required. A light gray ash is forming that is slightly flaky, but holds strong until tapped off in the ashtray. The smoke continues to be a medium to full strength, flowing well through the perfect draw, and flavors are consistently rich with that delicious twang that I really love in a cigar. I exhale slowly through the mouth and nose, savoring the smoke that has a very lasting finish on the palate.
Heading into the final third, the burn continues to be somewhat off, however correcting itself well with the light gray ash a bit flaky. The smoke is definitely a full strength and continues to flow effortlessly through the perfect draw with a fairly strong white pepper spice on the back of the throat. I canít say enough about the bold richness coming through in the smoke, flavors becoming stronger as I get closer to the end, seemingly complex to my palate. It does get a bit hot towards the end, and I have to take very easy, short draws, however still a fantastic smoke with the finish lasting. With a bit of coaxing, the double-bands slide off easily enough.
I enjoy a number of Rockyís cigars such as Old World Reserve, 90ís series, and Sun Grown to name a few, however this 1961 seems to surpass them all IMO. Thereís a richness in this cigar that is undeniably above the rest with a lasting finish that just would not quit. Thank you very much Israel for allowing me to sample this excellent cigar!
Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:20 PM
I enjoy a number of Rockyís cigars such as Old World Reserve, 90ís series, and Sun Grown to name a few, however this 1961 seems to surpass them all IMO. Thereís a richness in this cigar that is undeniably above the rest with a lasting finish that just would not quit.
Hmmm...I may have to smoke this one out on my fire escape for this one. Thanks for the heads up, Greg.
Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:30 PM
Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:33 PM
Great review and pictures Greg! I'm not too much of a RP fan anymore, but I'm still game to give these a try. Hopefully Bo gets them in so I can snag a few. Which of the Rocky line would you say it is similar to, if any?
To be honest, like yourself I don't smoke that many any more, however I don't believe this was like any other RP I've smoked.
Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:40 PM
Posted 10 October 2009 - 03:23 PM
Oh Rocky, can't you just stop changing the blends of your lines on the subsequent releases, and stop worrying about pumping out thousands of different lines.
Posted 10 October 2009 - 06:11 PM
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 08:55 AM
Posted 12 October 2009 - 12:08 PM
I like some of Rocky's cigars and would love to try this one!
(but I think that will be not to long)
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