Cigar Review – Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro
The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary was originally released a couple years back to commemorate (you guessed it!) Rocky’s 15th year in the cigar business. Despite it being touted by many as Rocky’s best blend, I had never smoked one. So, when a sample of the Toro(6.5×52) size came down the pipeline today, I was eager to fire it up.
The cigar had a sturdy triple cap applied atop a deep brown, veiny, and oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It had a nice shape to it, as the construction on this stogie is finished off by what they call a “Trunk-Press”, which basically looks like it was pressed down, but not in on the sides like a traditional box-press. After a quick snip of the cap, I got pre-light notes of rich Nicaraguan tobacco and a pleasant fruity sweetness.
From the very first puff, generous clouds of smoke provided hints of nuts, cream, and cocoa, with a surprising amount of Black Pepper spiciness on the finish. While not harsh, the initial flavor was definitely full, bold, and engaging. The stick had a great, easy draw which I’m guessing was at least in part due to the “Entubar” rolling method used. The strong pepper combined with the wide-open draw had me clearing my throat and sipping my coffee a few times during the first inch or so of the cigar.
As I gradually burned into the 2nd third, some subtle cedar and a faint malty sweetness worked their way into the fold, and really helped to round out the flavors that were established in the first part of the stick. Everything was meshing together well, and the stogie remained creamy and nutty with bold black pepper on every draw. After dropping a hefty ash, I noticed you could see the precise Entubar arrangement of the filler tobaccos through the burning head of the cigar, which I found to be quite cool and interesting.
In the last stretch of the stogie, the pepper took a back seat, and a more pronounced and slightly sweet cocoa note came into play, along with an earthy baking spice vibe, the kind you might expect from a cigar boasting all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. As I burned closer and closer to the nub, the flavors stayed smooth, consistent, and clean, and with about an inch left, I finally laid the stick to rest.
I found this cigar to be somewhat complex, but in a very polite, challenging, and subtle way. Instead of a wide rainbow of contrasting flavors, the Rocky 15th had a small cast of rotating tasty flavor notes that concentrated on showing off their individual nuances. During the entire smoke I encountered not even one slight performance issue, and I’d be interested to see if this holds true on repeated smokes. If so, I would have to say this was one of the better built stogies I have smoked. All things considered, I give the Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary a solid B grade, but if you want a second opinion, it was also just ranked #6 on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2011.
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