Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

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  1. Matt

    Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

    Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
    Format : Toro
    Size : 6.5? x 52
    Wrapper : Corojo
    Filler : Nicaraguan
    Binder : Nicaraguan
    Price : $7 each

    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

    This corojo has a nice rich tobacco aroma which got my hopes up. Then after clipping the head, my test draw revealed an extremely loose draw that tempered those hopes quite a bit. I lit the cigar and drawing on it was like sucking air through a giant straw. It provided no resistance at all which made me worry it would burn way too hot so I made a point to go slow and sip at this cigar. Despite my diligence the draw was a little problematic. I occasionaly got very bitter and harsh blasts to my palate that I attributed to the cigar heating up too much. In between there were some very pleasant notes of nuts and coffee but they were sometimes accompanied by a sour finish. If there was any complexity to this cigar at all it was lost with problems I had in keeping it from overheating. I have one more of these in my humidor so I’ll give it one more shot even though I didn’t see much promise in this cigar even when I was able to taste anything other than the bitter harshness. If my next go with this cigar proves to be better I’ll post a Redux Review. If I were to rate it now I’d give it a D and first impressions are hard to overcome, but I’ll refrain from officially rating for now to try and be fair. With a better draw I think the cigar could score a little better than that.

    Update: I revisited this cigar. Here is the redux review.

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    • Robert

      I used to really enjoy the OWR line. Lately though it seems like the QC is a little off or something. Maybe they’re rushing them out. I’ve had some sticks with very loose draws and hot burns, others with tight draws. Some smelled of ammonia. My main issue lately has been with the maduro rather than the corojo. The last batch of maduros I got were painted or something. Way too much color coming off on my lips and hands.

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Cigar Region Honduras
Filler Nicaragua
Wrapper Honduran Corojo
Binder Nicaragua
Length 6 1/2
Ring Gauge 52
Vitola Toro
Construction Hand Made