Rocky Patel Rosado Toro

Rocky Patel Rosado Toro Cigar

Score: 9.0

by Hayward Tenney

Today I have the privilege of reviewing a cigar that I once smoked frequently, but which has since fallen off my radar screen in favor of more full-bodied fare. The Rocky Patel Rosado sports an Ecuadorian Rosado leaf that serves to temper the muscular contents tightly packed within, including a core blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican longfillers and Dominican binder.

I’m impressed by the look of this cigar. Its simple band looks classy against its blushing Rosado leaf.┬áThe head is perfectly capped, and the wrapper has some small veins with no noticeable flaws. It reminds me somewhat of┬áthe Partagas Spanish Rosado.

Once clipped, its cool and flavorful draw sends me back in space and time, and I recall why I loved this cigar so very well. There is an earthy and spicy aroma on the light, and it starts off in the mild-medium body range. After about 1″, it settles into medium-bodied, where it will remain.

I notice into the second third that the aroma seems to be constantly evolving, keeping things interesting. I detect nutmeg and spice, and complex earthy flavors with a medium finish. The burn line is razor thin the entire length of the cigar.

I guess my only complaint is that toward the very end, it took some coaxing to stay lit. I can’t recall this in my previous experiences, so this could be a function of an overly moist humidor. There’s certainly enough here to intrigue the most seasoned palates, though as a truly medium-bodied cigar, I suspect it won’t be full-bodied enough for some.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 9
Burn: 9
Draw: 9
Aroma: 10
Flavor: 9

Final: 9.0