I was at my local cigar shop the other day and these “pups” were on sale. Thinking it’s been a while since my last Rocky Patel, I thought I’d give it another go. And I’m glad I did! The Rocky Patel Deluxe Toro 1992 comes in a neat looking tube and ran me about $10 on sale.
I popped the tube and out came a fairly plain yet delicious looking stogie. This deluxe toro is perfectly even from top to bottom, with a dark reddish brown wrapper. It has two black and gold bands, one for the Rocky Patel seal and the other for the 1992 vintage date.
The cigar cuts clean and has a deep cocoa pre-light draw that seems slightly tough. It lit up quick and easy, with a near perfect burn, however the draw was a little rough and there was a slight bitterness.
Knowing this could just be from the way the shop stored the cigar, I put it off and pushed through. After the first quarter inch the bitterness was gone so I chalked it up to poor storage. Shortly afterward, the draw opened up and produced plenty of great, thick, creamy white smoke!
The flavors were pronounced with the usual coffee and cream that Rocky Patels generally have, but what made the Vintage 1992 better then most Rocky Patels is the layering of deep, earthy spices and a clean finish that lingered on and on!
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Maybe. The cigar has good flavor but the tight draw, slight bitterness would make me give pause.
- Lots of creamy flavor
- Tight draw
- Slight bitterness