Rocky Patel Signature Series Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 7, 2010
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Rocky Patel Signature Series Toro Cigar Review

This 6×52 light tan stick is wrapped with a soft slightly toothy satin wrapper showing minimal veins, a couple small blemishes with a soft barnyard aroma. First light reveals a soft rich smoke, perfect draw with a deep dry earthiness and slight pepper on the finish. The first third starts off with a rich oily earth core and a huge spicy heat and zing that carried through the long finish. 20 minutes in the earth and spice died down, replaced by a buttery smoothness and toast. By the half way point the core flavors had changed again, this time to a dry toasiness – yet still oily, creamy and smooth. Body was down to a solid medium, and the finish lost much of the peper and spice. 45 minutes in the draw got very tight and the stick developed a very hard crispy spot about 1/2″ down from the head. After blowing back through the cigar a few times the blockage loosened up, possibly some tar buildup. The last third seemed to bring out all the flavors at once, very well blended together – toast, cream, cocoa, pepper, oil, a slight sweetness and long smooth finish. Total burn time was 1:20. Overall a medium bodied stick, it had strength in the medium-full range that only caught up to me after filming the video, making me a bit jittery for 30 min or so. Thank you very much to Michael Yamashita for sending in this excellent sample!

  • Pong

    I can’t wait to see the review about your new lighter!!!

    Thank You


  • Great review. I just got a couple of these from a great BOTL and might do a review on them myself 😉 I am really looking forward to giving them a shot.

    As for the blends RP has out right now, I think it is WAY more than 20 😉 He has so many exclusive blends plus the Indian Tabac that is is crazy just trying to keep up.


  • Jan

    I knew you would love this cigar!!! This is my go to morning smoke. Fantastic cigar!!!

  • Mike

    Happy to hear you like it!!! This is a great one and like you said its cheap…. You can pick these up on cigarbid for like 15 a 5 pack. Enjoy the other sticks too

  • Stefan Nychka

    Does the button on the lighter heat up since it’s close to the flame?

    Sounds like a good cigar, and I look forward to the review on the lighter.


  • No it stays cool.

  • John G


    Thanks for this review and recommendation. As my palette has progressed over the last couple of years, I am apprehensive about Connecticut wrappers as most of them do not offer the full flavor that I desire these days – full flavor, not necessarily strength. I do like trying something different for a change of pace.

    After watching your review, I just gave the Rocky Patel Signature Series Toro cigar a shot and I find it very pleasing and satisfying. Your review of the cigar was right on point – thankfully though, without any blockage issues. The flavor is excellent.

    Thanks again.

    John G

  • Brian P

    I just love your site! After trying some recent blends, I have to say Rocky Patel makes great cigars and they are officially my favorite. My wife just got me some decades to try and right now they are in my top 3 go to sticks. I’ll definitely be putting in an order to try this blend you recommended. Keep up the great reviews.

  • Chad D

    hey man ….. love the site. i was just wondering if you have tried the rocky patel fifteen year anniversary. Bein a rocky fan myself i love that new blend haha. would def recommend it haha

  • Greg Bellante

    This is my Favorite Rocky Patel Cigar : Bar-none. I agree Bryan… Fantastic and truly Excellent. Rocky will have a tough time topping this one.

  • Greg Bellante

    What a shame: It seems like Rocky unfortunately has discontinued this great cigar. I thought it was the best cigar he put out… better than the 1992 and 1990 Vintage and the Decade.

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