Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

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1 review for Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

  1. Ed

    Rocky Patel 1961 Toro

    Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
    Format : Toro
    Size : 6.5 x 52
    Wrapper : Ecuador
    Binder : Honduras
    Filler : Nicaragua
    Price : $146.99 for a box of 20

    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.

    Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
    The cigar features a triple cap and a dark chocolate wrapper. There are some veins visible. Although it is smooth to the touch, it does not show any shine and it is dull in appearance. The wrapper had very earthy scents: barnyard and hay were noticeable. The foot had a grass smell with a hint of citrus aroma.

    It is firm to the touch and it does not show any soft spots. It definitely feels like it is well packed with tobacco.

    The cigar features two bands: a large black band that shows a barely visible copper-colored design with a very large “1961” at the front of the band. The second band is smaller and it features the characteristic “RP” trademark. It also has “Rocky Patel” written all over the red-colored band.

    Construction : [rating:4.5/5]
    The cigar is well constructed, and it packs lots of tobacco in the filler.

    The bands were easily removed from the cigar. It felt very nicely in my hand and was very comfortable during the smoke.

    The burn was a bit uneven at the beginning of the smoke. Putting the cigar down in the ashtray for a few minutes fixed the burn problem.

    Flavor : [rating:5/5]
    The RP 1961 was cut using a Boston Cigar Company Little Guy V cutter. The initial pre-light draw featured a citrusy taste.

    Upon lighting the stick with a Davidoff cigar match, woody notes with a sweet character were immediately present. As the midpoint of the cigar was reached, the sweet character disappeared and cedar notes became more prevalent.

    The cigar started out with medium strength, and towards the second half, it became stronger and full in flavor. Likewise, the finish was short at the beginning, and it got longer as the smoke went along.

    Value : [rating:5/5]
    This is a very pleasant, well balanced smoke. This is well worth the investment per stick. It is, in my opinion, a good price for a Toro, and you definitely get your money’s worth.

    Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
    This can be considered one of Rocky’s best releases. There are really no major issues with the cigar, and it is priced appropriately. The cigar did have a slight nicotine kick towards the end. The kick was not overwhelming and easily managed. This is definitely one cigar that I will purchase again.

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    • Adam

      My review of the Rocky Patel 1961

      Appearance & Construction: The Rocky Patel 1961 is a decent looking cigar. The wrapper is a dark brown color and has a lot of moderately sized veins running throughout. The band is a nice looking white on black with some red accents. The die cut on this band is amazing and outlines the roots and flowers of the tobacco plant pictured on the band.

      Rocky Patel 1961

      Smoking Characteristics: As with all Rocky Patel cigars this cigar draws like a champ. There is a nice free draw that produces a ton of thick smoke. The burn is fairly even however the ash is not very strong and fell off at about the half inch mark.

      Flavor: The Rocky Patel 1961 cigar does not waste any time getting going. Right off the bat you are greeted with a nice woody core with notes of dark chocolate and a nutty creaminess. The second and final third of the 1961 is a nice woody combination of salty meaty flavors and a touch of sweetness. The body of the cigar is medium to full and the strength is average.

      Final Thoughts: Overall I thought the Rocky Patel 1961 was a good cigar. The dark chocolate flavors combined with the woody core of the cigar makes for a good combination. This cigar reminded me of the Cain Maduro which I am pretty big on, but there was something missing that I just can’t put my finger. All in all I think a lot of people will like this cigar from Rocky Patel.

    • AndrewF

      I’m a fan of these — they are consistently good cigars with good construction and an excellent taste profile. Thanks for the review!

    • Jeremy

      A nice cigar that is fit to bear the Rocky Patel nameplate. Very handsome with the double wrapper.

    • Sticks

      Looks like a great cigar. I either love or hate RP stuff. I think I wil have to get the 1961 a try.

    • Stephen

      Nice review Ed. Wow that is high praise indeed. I will have to try one.

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