Rocky Patel Gladiator Super Toro Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, August 26, 2012
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Rocky Patel Gladiator Super Toro Cigar Review

This 6×60 partial box pressed stick features a dark chocolate wrapper with an oily leather texture and feel, minimal veins, tight seams, triple cap and an oily rich tobacco aroma.  First light reveals a completely free draw, good medium bodied smoke output with sweet grassy tobacco taste and a short peppery finish. The first third runs just about the same, only bringing the body up a notch to medium-full. 35 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, flavors are pushing full body, the grassiness has been replaced by a dry cocoa and the finish is quite long. Burn isn’t great but needs no touchups yet. 55 minutes in the burn gets terrible needing a big touchup. Flavors are just a muddied damp tobacco with a bad aftertaste. Ending at 1:15 the last bit continued to burn wonky and the flavors never recovered after the touchup, just giving a charred bitter tobacco and nasty aftertaste on the finish. Thank you very much to viewer Josh Silva for sending this sample in for review!

  • CigarStrawn

    The largest ring gauge I’m willing to smoke now is 54 but I do have a Padron 7000 in my humidor, just for show of course. I’m sorry Bryan. They got me. :-p

  • jpculp57

    I too dislike theses larger ring gages. I hadn’t smoked in about 6 years until this March. I was amazed at how large cigars had become in just 6 years. The only decent burning 60 gage I’ve had was a box of Swag Ego. Good review Bryan. Try and stay dry!

  • J. Drew

    I completely agree. I enjoy the smaller rings gages so much better. Lanceros, Londales, Coronas I love em. Like CigarStrawn says 54,55 gage cigars is about the max I will purposefully buy. I have gotten some 60s as free deals and what not, but they are not something I would choose. It isn’t just because of taste and burn issues, but also be cause I hate the way it feels smoking it.

  • chief791

    I don’t normally go for the 60 rg but there are 2 that i really love. My Uzi Weighs a Ton, and the Genesis project Muy Bueso. Love those 2 sticks and i never have burn problems with them.

    • HappyTaro

      If you like My Uzi Weighs a Ton, try the ‘Bait Fish’ version (4″ x 44 ring gauge). To me it packs more flavor & the finish is longer. Give it a try.

  • Eyeluvwied

    I’ve found that purging after a large touch up removes that nasty flavor a bit quicker. All you have to do is touch up, purge(blow into the cigar for a few seconds), wait for the cherry to cool down a bit, and then continue.

  • lbrown

    You are right on regarding the large ring sticks, Bryan. I love it when you mix some emotion into the review. Great site. I check in everyday and your work is appreciated.

  • Thanks guys 🙂 I didn’t even mean for this to be any kind of rant video, it just happened – I hate it when construction goes south, it’s such a waste of my time trying to smoke um.

    • Bryan, you are never wasting your time. failures are a learning experience. it is what it is and we all appreciate the time you dedicate to your reviews.

    • HappyTaro

      Rant all you want cuz I agree w/ a lot you say.

      Back when I started smoking cigars (in the 90’s), a lot was trial & error resulting in $$$ being flushed down the toilet from bad sticks or being misinformed (a certain magazine was the only major source of reviews back then & we all know about their ‘one inch review’).

      It is still trial & error even now (because a lot of this is subjective), but your reviews & comments are very helpful which helps people such as myself in making better decisions as to what to purchase.

      I said this before, but I often use this site as reference in deciding new sticks to try. The result is saving $$$ as well as enjoying one of my favorite hobbies: enjoying cigars.

      Don’t change anything & keep doing what you are doing…

  • walshy

    Great review. I totally agree with you regarding super size ring gauges. I hate them. Anyway, I just want to say for you and your family to be safe during the hurricane. Thanks again for the review.

  • phaedron

    OK, I loved the sudden impression of the SUV-drivin’, huge ring gauge-smokin’ good ol’ boy! I personally have never yet tried anything that wide. I’ve got a Cohiba Behike 54 that’s been resting in the humidor, awaiting a special occasion… and now I am apprehensive!

  • dawgpoundsales

    Bryan, Nice rant! I agree, Bravo… Bravo… All my favorite cigar smoking experiences have been on 40-52 sizes

  • I don’t get the hate for SUVs but I agree on the cigar sizes. With the exception of MUWATs most others burn wonky and lack flavor.

  • new2sticks

    Tried this one in the Robusto Grande size and was extremely pleased. Very nutty and smooth. Much snugged draw than typical for Rocky, but workable and stayed cool to the nub. Definitely on the repeat list, at least in the size I tried.

  • Davexoxo

    Amen Glen. Cigars in the 40s ring gauges are best

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