Rocky Patel Burn Special Reserve – Cigar Review

Today I am reviewing the Rocky Patel Burn Special Reserve. Burn was recently released and is an exclusive just for Rocky Patel lounges. We did a press release about this which you can read here. The name Burn comes from his ultra cigar lounge concept. Rocky Patel opened his Burn Lounge in Naples Florida in November 2010 and has plans to open more at locations on at least two continents. The theme of opulence exudes from this almost mystical lounge and is one of the hotspots in Naples. He uses the lounge as a studio to associate the upscale image of the Rocky Patel brand.

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Undisclosed Nicaraguan
Filler: Undisclosed Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Construction and Appearance: The Rocky Patel Burn has a dark, almost milk chocolate colored Ecuadorian Sumatran Wrapper that has almost no veins at all. The wrapper is fairly smooth to the touch, but not overly so, with a generous triple cap. The Rocky Patel Burn features two bands, the first has the Rocky Patel logo on the back, and the word “BURN” on the front written in white with a red background. The foot band has the words Special Reserve written in red with a black and silver pattern in the background.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Burn has notes of molasses, and a bit of a deep hay. The foot has notes of sweet molasses as well as raisins. The cold draw on the Rocky Patel Burn has deep molasses, raisins, and some cocoa.

Smoking Characteristics: Preparing for the Rocky Patel Burn Special Reserve I go with a small guillotine cut. Lighting up, I’m first hit with some flavor of rich molasses and a bit of a dark, dried fruit like raisins or dates. During the first third there are notes of molasses, raisins, hay, and cocoa. The flavor is rich, complex, delicious, and very smooth. The burn on the “Burn” is excellent, keeping a tight burn line, and holding ashes an inch or over in length with ease. The draw on the Rocky Patel Burn is also perfect, a great full body of cool smoke is produced on each draw.

During the second third of the Rocky Patel Burn the flavor remains fairly consistent. The molasses flavor develops a bit more fully, and the notes of raisin, hay, and cocoa all remain. The flavor is still very rich, well blended, and complex. During this third I’d place the strength at medium, the retrohale confirming the strength and flavors.

Into the final third the rich cocoa develops more fully and moves into the foreground of the profile. The notes of molasses, raisins or dates, and hay all remain. During this third the rich cocoa and molasses flavor lingers on the palate, and is quite delicious. The burn remains excellent, still holding ashes over an inch in length, and requiring no touch ups. The draw is still excellent, the smoke is cool, rich, delicious, and complex. I smoke the Burn all the way down to the nub enjoy each and every last bit.

Conclusion: The Rocky Patel Burn is certainly a hit. I hope that the blend of Burn that will be available at regular retailers will be similar in taste since I’ve fallen in love with this stick already. It is fairly complex, rich, delicious, and well blended. Out of the recent Rocky Patel releases I’ve smoked this is certainly my favorite. Find a Rocky Patel Lounge and try this stick. One of the most pleasant smokes so far in 2012!

Rating: 92

MSRP: $7.60