This Rocky Patel Royale Toro was number 5 in the Cigar Aficionado top 25 of 2014 so I had to try it. The cigar is made in Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory, in the city of Esteli. The cigar is made of Nicaraguan tobacco with a double binder, a Connecticut shade and a broadleaf wrapper, to make the cigar flavorful but smooth and it has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The cigar is dark and the wrapper looks a little rough. The cap is poorly constructed. The construction feels good though and the cigar has a strong leather and stable aroma. The cold draw is fine and I taste raisin.
I taste some toasted bread, but toasted a little too long. That burned flavor quickly disappears and I’m stuck with a strange vegetable flavor and a little bit of pepper until there is some toast again, but now not over burned. The flavors are dry and slowly I taste some citrus and wood. The citrus disappears again; I taste a nice wood flavor with some toast.
After a third I also taste some spices like nutmeg with the wood. Very pleasant, not to full or strong but pleasant. The citrus comes and goes, sometimes with a little bit of chili pepper. The last third has more of a pepper in the aftertaste, I taste more leather, its stronger and more dominant. Slowly I get some chili pepper but without becoming too peppery.
The smoke is decent in thickness and the ash is quite dark with beautiful rings, but also flaky and not very firm in the beginning, later on the color of the ash turns lighter. The smoke also gets thicker along the way. The burn is quite even although I had to correct it once after an inch. The smoke time is about 2 hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a perfect cigar for after breakfast on a sunny day, sitting in the garden enjoying a day off.
Smoke & ash: 7
Aroma first part: 7
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 8