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Monday, 01 February 2010

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Good day fellow hobbyists! Today we will review three stogies from three different brands: the Rocky Patel Fusion Double Maduro Toro, the 5 Vegas Relic Perfecto, and the Alec Bradley Trilogy Authentic Corojo Churchill.

Rocky Patel Fusion Double Maduro Toro

The Fusion Double Maduro is a follow-up to the successful Rocky Patel Fusion line that was released in limited quantities in 2006. The Double in the cigar’s name refers to its construction, which, in essence, contains two wrappers, which I will explain in a bit. The cigar is handmade in Nicaragua and is considered to be medium to full-bodied in nature.

The Rocky Patel Fusion Double Maduro measures 6.5x52 in its Toro vitola. It also comes in four other sizes: the 5.5x50 Robusto, the 6.2x52 Torpedo, the 7x38 Lancero, and the 7x48 Churchill. It has a filler blend of aged long-leaf Ligero tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The binder is composed of a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro leaf. While the binder is usually just a coarse leaf that provides a functional role, in this case the Nicaraguan Habano Maduro binder is wrapper quality. The cigar is finished off with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper. So, as you can see, you really get two wrappers with the Fusion Double Maduro, which was done in to give the cigar more flavor.

The most noticeable aspect of the Double Maduro Toro’s appearance is its very dark and oily wrapper. There are some large veins running throughout, and with the cigar in your hand you notice it has some give to it but seems to be packed well for the most part. There are two green and gold decorative bands that add to its appearance. The band near the head shows the Rocky Patel name and logo, and the one beneath it has “Fusion MM” printed on it for Double Maduro. Before lighting the cigar has a bit of a metallic scent to it, which was a bit odd. It’s cold taste resembled chocolate.

After lighting it burned even with only a few straying points midway through, but nothing too major. The draw was a bit tight and the ash was solid and gray in color. The flavors are decent but not very complex. There is some nutty flavor at the beginning as well as some earth. Further in there’s a good amount of pepper that adds a kick to it. The pepper remains but is joined by some nice chocolate, which unfortunately moved towards a chemical flavor that pretty much ended the party.

While the whole concept of having two wrappers sounds great, this stick really didn’t deliver. The burn was satisfactory and the flavors were alright, but not as much as they were hyped to be considering that the second wrapper was supposed to give the cigar much more flavor. Also, the chemical scent and flavor that was experienced was a turnoff. You can pick one up for around $7 for a single and it also comes in packs of five or boxes of 20. If you’re feeling adventurous and are a fan of Rocky Patel cigars, give it a shot. Otherwise, I would probably pass on this one. The Rocky Patel Fusion Double Maduro Toro receives 2 out of 4 stars.






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