Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro – Review

Rocky Patel hit the ground running at the 2012 IPCPR with an impressive amount of new releases.  A few of their new introductions are the Nording 50th Anniversary, Edge Habano, Private Cellar, Freedom, the Rocky Patel HR 500 by Gary Sheffield (which was reviewed by me here) and Rocky Patel Burn – Naples, Florida. Today I am exploring the new Rocky Patel Burn Naples, Florida in the toro size.

The original cigar to carry the Burn name was for the Cigar Bar in Naples, Florida that Rocky Patel opened in November, 2010. Since then, Rocky Patel released an exclusive cigar for his network of in-store lounges throughout the US. Rocky Patel Burn Naples, Florida is a variation of the national release of the Burn Special Reserve lounge exclusive (which I reviewed here). The Rocky Patel press release describes Burn Naples, Florida as “the national brand release honoring Rocky’s unique cigar-friendly nightspot Burn Cigar Lounge.” Unlike the Burn Special Reserve which contained a Nicaraguan filler and binder with a Dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the Burn Naples, Florida is a Honduran Puro. It comes in 3 sizes a 5 x 50 Robusto, a 6 1/2 x 52 Torpedo, and a 6 1/2 x 52 Toro which I am reviewing today.

Size: 6 1/2 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran (consisting of a scarce and secret filler)
Strength: Medium
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro features two bands. The main band is the same as the Burn Special Reserve band. The Naples Florida edition has a second band at the foot (much like a Rocky Patel Edge) which specifies that it is a Naples, Florida version. The wrapper is a medium brown in color with a nice reddish hue, nearly clay colored, with some slight veins and a beautiful oil gloss.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro has the scent of sweet cocoa, hay, and some wood. The foot of the cigar has notes of cocoa, wood, and espresso. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro and on the cold draw there are the flavors of sugar cane, natural tobacco, wood, and a light cocoa.

Smoking Characteristics: The Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro fires up with some great rich sugar cane flavor, a bit of wood, and some nice deep baker spice. The draw is excellent right from the start, easily providing a full body of cool, rich smoke. The strength is around medium, with a fairly smooth retrohale. The smoke production on the Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro is fantastic, smoke simply oozes from the stick between draws.

Into the second third of the Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro, the flavors build nicely. The notes of sweet sugar cane, wood, and a mild baker spice continue and work together very nicely. The burn is excellent, nearly razor sharp. The ash holds firm easily to the inch point. The most notable observation during this third is the nice sugar cane flavor that lingers on the palate long between draws, providing and excellent finish to the cigar.

During the final third of the Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro, there really isn’t any further evolution in the flavor. The flavors of great, rich sugar cane, wood, and mild spices continue to keep me interested. The construction of this cigar continues to impress me. The draw remains excellent, the burn line remains razor sharp, and each draw continues to provide a full body of rich, cool, sweet, smooth smoke. The Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro smokes cool the nub with the same excellent flavors.

Conclusion: The Rocky Patel Burn Naples Florida Toro is another great stick from Rocky! It has a fair price, great flavors, and fantastic construction. With its medium strength and wonderful flavors and balance it is my belief many smokers will enjoy this cigar. Not only do I recommend this one for a box purchase, I’m planning on one myself.

Rating: 90

MSRP: $8.50