Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Wrapper origin: Honduras
Wrapper type: Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Length: 6.5”
Ring: 50
Cost: $8.50

Appearance (0-20): The cigar presents itself with a beautiful dark brown wrapper.  There are no identifiable flaws, and it is covered with tons of smaller veins.  The wrapper comes together seamlessly, and is very smooth from top to bottom.  The typical Rocky band is wrapped around the cigar; one that signifies the brand, and another to tag the 1990 vintage blend. Overall, simply done.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): The ash was a light gray, very close to white. I’ve read that these can require multiple touch ups, but I didn’t need to touch my lighter once.  The draw was great, and it really burned for quite a long time. I don’t often smoke Rocky Patel’s, but I recently bought a sampler pack. So far, so good.

Score: 19

Strength (0-20): This one borders the bottom of the scale for a medium bodied stick.  Nothing here was unexpected, and it fits the bill.  This is another one of those cigars that you can sit back and enjoy.  I was expecting possibly a bit of a stronger stick with the quality maduro wrapper, but I wasn’t disappointed.

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): During the smoke, I caught on to multiple different flavors at various points.  The main overpowering flavor was a strong cedar note.  The first 2 inches give off a flavor that I couldn’t particularly place, but I would mostly compare it to flowers.  Continuing on, there are more notes of cedar and woodiness until we get near the end.  The final inch or two will punctuate with some nuttiness. One more quick note; the maduro wrapper will give you some hints of sweetness that give a well rounded taste.

Score: 18

Value (0-20): The wrapper is 12 years aged, which tells you about the quality that Rocky puts into his sticks.  I would say this is aptly priced, and right in line with his other sticks.  Return purchase—Most likely yes.

Score: 17

Additional Notes: Smoked at CI, paired with Sweet Tea.

Overall (0-100): As this was my first RP in quite a long time, I was quite pleased with the smoke.  Nothing overpower, and it has strong flavorings.  Sometimes you have a bad experience with a cigar, and can be hesitant to try another one in the future.  This is just another reason why you can’t judge a cigar based off of one experience.  Looking forward to trying the rest of my sampler pack from RP.

Score: 89

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