Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

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1 review for Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

  1. Matt

    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
    Price : $7 each

    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

    The draw on this OWR is a little loose for my tastes, but thankfully not as bad as the OWR Corojo I reviewed last week. That draw was so loose I think it ruined that cigar. The maduro at least had some light resistance on the draw and it burned a good bit cooler. After a spicy, peppery start on the first few puffs, I started to get some very nice espresso notes mixed with some leather. The flavors quickly became muddled though. Occasionally I picked up hints of sweetness typical of most maduros. Otherwise the cigar didn’t do much and stayed consistent throughout. A little one dimensional the cigar was pleasant but not very interesting. Medium bodied with a good burn, the construction is very good like most Rocky cigars.

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    • Chuck Heinze

      Are the current RP Old World Reserve Maduro, which is now exclusive to Thompson Cigar, the same blend as it was when first introduced? No matter ne seems to want to answer that question. I ask RP, they got back to me to say it was a exclusive to Thompson, but never got back when I ask about the blend. Interesting.

    • Adam

      My review of the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro

      Appearance & Construction: The Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro is a boxed press beauty that sports a jet-black wrapper with some small veins running throughout. The wrapper has some wrinkles in it from the box pressing but overall it seems to be constructed very well. The band is a nice cream color with some gold and brown accents.

      Smoking Characteristics: No surprises here as the Rocky Patel Olde Word Reserve Maduro has a perfect draw that produces a healthy amount of smoke. The burn is uneven and required a few touch ups to keep things going. The ash is a darker gray color but holds on for the standard inch.

      Flavor: The Olde World Reserve Maduro starts off with a complex array of earth, coffee, cocoa, sweet leather, and a black pepper spice. The cigar is very rich and bold but remains medium bodied on the palate. In the second third, the cigar mellows out a bit more but still shows nice character. The final third the cigar picks back up and the earthiness and coffee are the main flavors in this last third.

      Final Thoughts: The Olde World Reserve Maduro is one of my favorite Rocky Patel cigars. The cigar is rich and complex, but could use a bit more balance and finesse. The finish of this cigar is simply amazing; nice and woody flavor will last till your next puff. This cigar doesn’t get as much hype as it should and I think it’s because he has a plethora of cigars in his stable. But you know what, I am okay with that. He has something for everyone in his line up and when you are as big as he is, you can do that sort of thing. A lot of people get on Rocky’s case about being so big but I think it is a testament of how well he does what he does. The same thing is happening with Pepin right now but I don’t see a lack of quality in his tenured lines. These guys have built a massive following because of the great cigars they produce and it’s no wonder they are at the top.

      Cigar Rating: Very Good

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Cigar Region Nicaragua
Filler Honduras, Nicaragua
Wrapper Costa Rican Maduro
Binder Honduras
Length 6 1/2
Ring Gauge 52
Vitola Toro
Construction Hand Made