Brand: Rocky Patel
Size: 6″ x 52
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Price: $5.20 USD
Where to Purchase: Famous Smoke Shop
Rocky Patel cigars are one of those brands that’s you hear a lot of people talk about, and usually they fall under the Gurkha paradigm of a love or hate relationship. This is usually because Rocky makes a lot of damn cigars and they very in quality. This cigar, although with its simple band, comes straight out of the cellophane with an incredibly oily Habano wrapper. From even two feet away you can see the glaring sheen. The tight, invisible seams add to the beauty of the construction. Although it’s common for torpedo shaped cigars to have draw issues occasionally, a slight snip off the cape allowed for a fully open draw. Interestingly enough the cigar didn’t have much of a scent from the wrapper other than an oily aged-tobacco aroma.
I toasted and lite the foot with my jet light and began the initial flavor test. A massive volume of smoke plumed from the draw, producing flavors of dried wood, sweet spice and a delicate aged tobacco; all with a gentle and sensitive profile texture. An exciting beginning!
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
The twenty minutes that it took to consume the first third were wonderfully consistent. The delicate balance of burnt and smoky wood with the slight tingle of fresh cedar on the finish made for a nice passive smoking experience. So far this is a cigar that is not overly demanding in terms of attention, both flavor-wise as well as construction-wise.
Second Third (2/3) – 20 min
Unfortunately due to construction issue I was forced to put the cigar down to its final rest. The wrapper cracked an peeled back with every draw, and for what it was worth the flavors up until that point were delicious
Total Smoke Time: 40 min
Although I only got until the final third, the cigar up until that point was great. It is impossible to judge a cigar on a single experience and thus I will withhold any judgment on the quality of construction as a whole. But smoking and flavour-wise, the cigar was a great, although unoriginal, cigar that goes well when you are busy with other tasks; simply put, its is a passive dog-walking cigar!
By: Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor