Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $146.99 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel’s 1961 is the first cigar produced at the new Tabacalera Villa Cuba in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Toro was released at last year’s IPCPR show in New Orleans. It features an Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper; a Honduran binder; and a Nicaraguan filler. It comes in four vitolas: a 5.5 in x 44 Corona; 5 x 50 Robusto; 6.13 x 52 Torpedo; and today’s featured cigar, a 6.5 x 52 Toro.

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Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Maduro
Binder : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full Bodied
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each

This is a guest cigar review by Austin Fruechting, a cigar aficionado and entrepreneur. Feel free to follow him on Twitter!

My name is Austin Fruechting, and I have been a cigar enthusiast for the past few years. I began smoking a pipe seven years ago and dabbled in cigars. After a couple years, cigars became my dominant preference. I believe there is nothing better than to socialize around, or relax with, a cigar, especially if paired with a good scotch or wine. Some of my favorite cigars include most of the Tatuaje line, Padron 64’s & 26’s, and Oliva V’s & Cains. I am an entrepreneur and my passion for business and for cigars has lead to the opening of my own cigar and wine bar, The 7th Street Reserve, which is scheduled to be open in the summer of 2010.

This is cigar is part of Rocky Patel’s limited release series and was gifted to me by a great BOTL.

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Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Binder : Mexican
Filler : Honduran / Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$91.95 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel delivers a private reserve cigar great to honor one of the world’s best pipemakers (Erik Nording). I had three in my humidor which were given to me by a close friend of mine, and I had enjoyed all three tremendously. I smoked the last one in order to write this review. The cigar (when available) can be found in four vitolas: a Robusto (5.5 x 52); a Torpedo (5 X 54); a Toro (6.5 X 52); and the subject of today’s review, the Toro Grande, a 6 x 58 masterpiece.

I looked in several websites to track down who carries it and how much are they running, but it was difficult to find a retailer that had them in stock. Most of them were listed as “Backorder.”

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Rocky Patel Edge Toro

Rocky Patel Edge Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua, Panama (+ secret location)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Rocky Patel Edge was introduced in 2004 and immediately became a hit. Even though no particular marketing efforts were done and the cigars came unbanded, the word of mouth quickly made it a best-seller. Since then, the excitement abated, the cigar gained a band and the quality seems to still be there. This toro with a partly secret blend still delivers!

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Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Rocky Patel’s Sun Grown has been around for a while now. It is unique in my opinion because it seems to be universally respected among cigar smokers as a good, tasty, quality cigar. Yet it doesn’t have any of the hype or pomp and circumstance around it that other widely respected cigars have, like the VSG or even the Oliva Serie V just as an example. It seems to fly just below the radar, but ask someone about it and you will almost always here “That’s a great smoke, one of my favorite Rockys!” Don’t ask about it, and you’ll probably never hear it mentioned. That just strikes me as odd an unique.

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Redux: Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Redux Olde World Reserve Corjo Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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My first try with Rocky’s Olde World Reserve Corojo was not the best of experiences. An insanely loose draw and a hot burn ruined it for me. Because of that I decided to hold off assigning a rating to the cigar. I know a lot of people like to make a point of smoking two or three of a particular cigar before writing a review on it. They do this to try and normalize the experience so that they aren’t underrating it because of a fluke with a bad stick, or even overrating it because they happened to get an above average sample. It is a valid and thorough approach, but one that I don’t use myself. I take a different tact. For me first impressions are king. There are so many cigars out there to choose from and to try. I give most cigars one shot to sell themselves to me. Some might think that’s not particularly fair. After all, cigars are hand made products and there is bound to be an occasional bad stick. This is true and I try and account for that in a less systematic way than sampling multiple cigars for a review. The Olde World Reserve Corojo is an example of this. Normally, I’d have a bad experience, write off the cigar and move on. But in the case here, I felt I obviously had an unusually bad specimen for my first review. There were obvious construction issues and I also felt that the cigar showed some promise hidden behind the problems I was having with it. So for that reason I felt I should give this cigar one more shot. Another bad sample and I’d write it off as a poorly made line of cigars. However, that isn’t what happened here.

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Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5" x 52
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Olde World Reserve Maduro is a very dark cigar. Unnaturally so in my opinion. I won’t speculate on how it is that the wrapper leaf is this dark because I just don’t know, but it is oddly dark to me. It’s a bumpy wrapper almost pitch black in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with an off white band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a handsome, milk chocolate Corojo wrapper which I reviewed last week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are released in sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

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Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Olde World Reserve Corojo is a handsome looking cigar. Its smooth wrapper is milk chocolate in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with a dark brown band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a very dark Maduro wrapper which I will review next week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

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