Rocky Patel cigars are definitely in my top 3 favorite brands (along with Oliva and Padron) and they very rarely disappoint. Smooth, flavorful smokes with a core of what is often described as a “dessert like” flavor. Today’s subject is the 1990 Vintage in Toro – a 6.5” x 52 box pressed ring gauge.
First light revealed a mild/medium flavor of a soft cocoa on the draw and caramel on the retrohale. Wakes up to a medium body within the first several draws and a subtle pepper joins the caramel on the retrohale. Second third drops the pepper and brings in a coffee and the caramel comes more into the draw. Entering the final third the cocoa and caramel gradually taper off and the coffee ramps up, starting as a slightly sweet coffee (think putting a touch of sugar in your coffee) slowly morphing into more of a black coffee toward the end. Body up to a medium/full in the last third and bringing the subtle pepper back joined with a nutty finish. First hot draw came at 1:20:00 and so I ended it here. Good burn time and very little nicotine strength.
Construction was flawless all the way down with an even burn that required no touch-ups and a nice open draw with just a little bit of resistance. Ash held on for about 1/4 of the cigar at a time.
Great flavors, great construction and a fairly long burn time. A truly great cigar. Rating: 4.5/5.