Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro comes wrapped in Honduran Broadleaf wrappers. It has been named twice in Cigar Aficionado Magazines Top 25 cigars of the year.
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro experience
This toro looked delicious with a not too shiny wrapper. Unlit it had aromas of freshly roasted coffee, autumn leaves and damp, dark earth.
Once cut and lit the first third was bursting with Latakia tobacco notes and dried chilli. The entire first third was a bit uni-dimensional and had some undertones of dried, cured meats on a grill.
The second third had more robust elements of air-cured meat on a fire, given time burning wood chips, and slightly burnt coffee notes appeared too. Some burning issues showed and I had to re ignite the cigar twice.
By the last third the burning issues became more apparent. I had to relight the cigar at least three more times.
Some notes similar to over-charred beef trimmings, more chilly and strong Latakia tobacco also appeared.
This Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro was enjoyable however, the poor combustion and its uni-dimensional character spoiled the experience a little. The strong, meaty and dark flavours are better suited to cooler, darker evenings and not sunny and warm days in my opinion. Will I revisit the Rocky Patel range? Absolutely, but not until Autumn or Winter at least.


Daniel Santiago is the owner of Jeffrey St Whisky and Tobacco in Edinburgh and writes cigar reviews exclusively for

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