Cigar Aficionado

Rocky Patel Royale Toro
54 54
Tasting Note
Rocky Patel has been in the cigar business for nearly 20 years. His new Royale, which has been on sale since 2013, might be his finest creation ever. Patel got his start by having cigars made for him in Honduras. Over the years he has sought increasing control over his cigars, and today he relies more on Nicaragua than any other country. The Royale comes from his Tabacalera Villa Cubana S.A. factory, located in the manufacturing mecca for Nicaraguan cigars, Estelí, where Patel is making an increasing number of his cigar brands. In addition to rolling cigars in Nicaragua, Patel uses an enormous amount of Nicaraguan tobacco in his blends. He recently embarked on a plan to begin growing some of his own. The Rocky Patel Royale is crafted with two binder leaves of contrasting look and style: Connecticut shade, a light, thin leaf known for its mild flavor, and Connecticut broadleaf, a thick, rugged leaf with a brawny earthy flavor. This lends complexity to the blend, which is held together by a comely Ecuador Havana wrapper leaf. The Royale is a rich, spicy smoke, with pleasant hints of chocolate. It's a delicious cigar, giving Patel his best-ever showing in a Cigar Aficionado Top 25 test.
Body Medium-Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 54
Length 6 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf, U.S.A./Conn. Shade
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2015
Price $9.35
Designation Top 25 of 2014 | Rank: 5
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Insider: Nov 05, 2013 | Score: 92

Rich and spicy with lots of chocolate character, this box-pressed cigar is delicious and balanced with cedary spice and a long, toasty finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale