Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 10 December 2010

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rocky patelrocky patel valedor robusto

While the Valedor appears to have excellent construction, its burn is a bit off the mark. It's not awful, but there is a definite need for touch-ups and even some re-lighting on occasion. Your mileage may vary, but this is one stick where the lighter must stay within reach. The draw is fine and so is the solid gray ash that is produced.

The Valedor Robusto has a decent variety of flavors packed within its shell. It doesn't really reach the level of being a complex cigar, but the flavors it does offer are very smooth and easy to enjoy. The cigar is kicked off with some sweet flavors that were hinted in its cold taste. The sweetness then moves on to some spice. The spice is not overbearing by any means and gives the cigar just a bit of a kick. Leather soon makes an appearance as does some very tasty chocolate. Last, but not least are some creamy notes.

Whether you are a fan of the NRA or not, the Valedor is a solid cigar within itself. It looks great and has some burn issues, but none that are too erratic. The flavors are not overly complex, but this does seem like a cigar that could be enjoyed during any time of the day. The Valedor seems to be more medium than full-bodied, but is not too weak too turn experienced smokers off. The price tag of the Valedor is reasonable at about $7 per single. You can also find it in packs of six or boxes of 20. Rocky Patel fans or those associated with the NRA should give the Valedor a try. It's not a mind-blowing cigar, but it does have its strong points.

The Rocky Patel Valedor Robusto earns a rating of three out of four stars.

Gurkha Assassin Toro


Gurkha is no stranger to making cigars with plenty of character and boldness, and its Assassin line fits right in with this tradition. With a name like Assassin, you would expect this to be one strong stick that is not for beginners. Gurkha lists it as the brand's first “true” full-bodied cigar created to test just how much cigar smokers can handle.

The Assassin Toro measures 6 x 50. Gurkha produces the line in a variety of other sizes as well: the 3 ¾ x 60 Dagger, the 5 x 50 Robusto, the 6 ½ x 52 Torpedo, and the 7 ½ x 52 Churchill. The Assassin's filler consists of a blend of tobaccos from Peru and Nicaragua, and its binder is Dominican. Topping off the cigar is a Brazilian wrapper. As stated in the introduction, the Assassin is powerful and falls into the full-bodied category.

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