The Habano Oscuro wrapper on this cigar is stunning. Rocky Patel Platinum is a bold, medium to full body blend with a unique combination of Nicaraguan fillers bound by a San Andres binder grown in Mexico. Mr. Patel doesn’t full-bodied cigars so well, and this is another example of his continued efforts to excel with the Platinum rating as high as 92 by Cigar Aficionado.
The Rocky Patel Toro that we have the pleasure of smoking this month is called the Platinum and it has fairly garnered the name of such precious metal. This gently box-pressed cigar is cloaked in a dark and oily Oscuro wrapper from Ecuador with moderate veins. The wrapper looks and smells oily and rich with a note of malt. The filler smells of rich tobacco, some black pepper, and hearty bread.
Cut this cigar and note the grassy and rich cold draw. Slightly longer than a standard Toro, the Platinum feels good in the hand. Once lit, the aroma is big and smells of smoked meats and a very delicate charry note that lends a good element of woody structure. The smoke emerges as medium in body and rich on the palate. It is warm and smooth and fully envelopes but does not overpower your palate. Instead, it inundates you with flavors and rounded edges.
Passing the 1.5” mark the boldness kicks up just a touch and takes on a mesquite note that adds a nice bite. Smoke this cigar slowly and enjoy the structure and layers of complexity. When you reach the halfway mark this cigar has achieved a class equal to its Platinum name and remains consistent and rich with an undertone of dark molasses. Rocky has a plethora of great cigar in his range, but he retains the credibility of crafting each blend as a unique and pleasing expression of the exceptional tobaccos that he is able to draw from. Returning to our topic of contemplation this month, Rocky Patel, the passionate entrepreneur and the company, has done an exemplary job of defending our industry.