Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro

Draw: Excellent

Pre-light flavor: Sweet with a nip of cocoa.

Toasting & Light: Cigar toasted and lit perfectly. First puff was especially creamy, and you could taste the base flavors immediately.

Base flavors: Earthy, dark chocolate, espresso and sweet tobacco.

Retrohale: Earthy and peppery

Aroma: WOW!

Burn / Ash Quality: Whistle-clean burn. Ash is exceptionally firm with an attractive gray/black marble pattern.

Balance of flavors: Spectacular.

Consistency:  All of the base flavors, and a few nice surprises were present in every puff. The cigar burned “cool” from end to end and never became too strong or bitter.

General Observations: This is one of those cigars that you can look at and your gut-check will tell you, “this is gonna be good.”  I was impressed with just about every aspect of this cigar. I loved its complexity, balance of flavors, sweetness, and extraordinary aroma. There’s little more than that I can add. That said, if I had to compare it to another cigar in its class, I’d say there was only a baby’s hair of difference between it and a Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro Imperial.

Summary: This was actually my first Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary. I purposely brought it to Leaf, where Rocky was hosting the end of their weekend-long Anniversary celebration. I’d had it in my humidor for a while, so it was about time to set it free. When I arrived I showed it to Rocky who remarked that this particular stick was a personal favorite. I can see why now. Considering the excellence of this cigar, I was surprised to see that the box price for the Toro was well under $200. I highly recommend this masterpiece, especially for those who are beginning  to move up to more full-bodied, complex cigars. (Yes, I nubbed the hell out of it.)

Rating: 96

Rating scale
75-79 = Fair to Middling
80-84 = Good
85-89 = Very impressive
90-94 = Excellent
95-99 = Spectacular!

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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