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The Burn by Rocky Patel is a Honduran puro that originated in his exclusive lounge in Naples, Fl. It became so popular that he released it to the public in several sizes. I was given five samples to test, and I have to say that for not being in the main Patel line, it’s a great vitola.
Filler: Honduran long filler
The Burn comes with its Naples, FL band around the tuck to let you know from where it originates. The puro is nicely wrapped, a few small veins, but is a nice dark saddle brown. It has a hay and oak barrel smell on the wrapper, and the draw before lighting was nice–not too easy, not too firm.
Upon lighting, I immediately got a very crisp impression of pepper and leather. It has spicy overtones on the retrohale, and the smoke is slightly astringent in the mouth. It’s not a really oily smoke, and it is a little sharp on the tongue. In the first third, a bit of a roasted flavor comes through as well as the leathery and pepper notes. It has an overtone of barrel oak as well as you move into the cigar.
As you move into the middle of the cigar, it takes on a smoother, more leathery taste with that roasted flavor. The pepper is still there, but it’s more subdued than in the first part of the cigar. The middle is a medium bodied smoke, a nice blend of leather and spice, and a nice potency to keep it interesting. It definitely has a little kick, giving its name some weight. It’s not too overpowering to be accessible though–despite its potency, the cigar never becomes so strong that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
The ash produced is a nice, smooth white, and in most of my samples hung on almost to the midpoint. None of the samples I had required even minor correction–Burn burns straight as an arrow and evenly with the wrapper.
As the cigar moves towards the head, it picks up more potency but smooths out even more, keeping its great leathery feel throughout. Around the last third it picks up its spice again, and continues to grow more robust as you get to the nub. The roasted flavor really comes through here, and the smoke has become less sharp and a little oily with a peppery aftertaste. The last third is definitely medium to full, and it pulls out all the stops. It kept me going to the nub on all the samples as all the flavors mixed beautifully in that last third, and I hated to put it down.
All in all, it may be a bit much for the new cigar smoker, but if you like a cigar that has dynamics, love Honduran tobacco and its leathery flavor, and at a price point that’s below the standard Rocky Patel Vintage line, the Burn might just be your cigar. Its easy smoking with no touch-ups, its nice potency and the richness of the blend made reviewing this cigar a complete joy.
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