Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Background: Rocky Patel’s cigars have performed decently for the 4 reviews we have done on them, with the Vintage 1990 sitting at the top of that lot (overall score 89). The others fell in behind that with the Edge Maduro (83), Sun Grown (77), and 2003 Cameroon (76). Construction and value tend to be the categories where the most points were knocked off in those reviews… will the trend continue with this Rocky Patel exclusive from Famous Smoke Shop?
Appearance (0-20): With Rocky’s namesake being, well… his name – its posted on the label in a brighter green color with gold writing, and below it is a black and gold band to point this out as being the Nicaraguan blend. Good choices to begin, as they stand out pretty well in a sea of his other bands. The wrapper itself has nice coloration and lines, seems to be wrapped well, and is light on the veins. The cap is a hair sloppy, but it looks alright overall. The total appearance would be enough to get you to take a look at this one if you were in the Rocky section… but I’m not sure it would be enough if intermingled with other brands.
Construction (0-20): There were some small gaps that could be felt along the stick, though I could have been being hyper vigilant given my former experience with shaky construction on Rocky Patel’s other cigars. Aside from that though, there were only minor things to note here. The ash held for multiple inches at a time, the burn was relatively straight minus one or two points, and there was only a small amount of debris on the initial cut.
Flavor (0-20): There is a heavy cedar element right off the initial light, but it’s a charred flavor that comes off of it. An inherent sweetness resides along with some deep earthy flavors, and there is a hint of bitterness in the background. As it progresses, pepper amps up to meld in with the other flavors, along with a bit of a nutty flavor. By the final third, the charred cedar and earthiness becomes the most prominent with almost all other flavors fading away completely.
Value (0-20): The price point may be the best selling feature here, with a 6x52 that falls just above $5.00. Minor issues aside, it’s a bargain given the quality and flavors.
Additional Notes: Paired with water at Cigars International. Cigars provided by Famous Smoke Shop.
Overall (0-100): So back to the original question – would construction and value be an issue for this Rocky Patel offering? Turns out, it wasn’t. The cigar is constructed relatively well, with only a small few issues. And the value proposition is almost absurd considering what you get for the small price of $5.00. The smoke has a good look, a nice powerful strength, and the flavors work well together. While there isn’t a ton of complexity, it does touch on a lot of different areas – charred cedar, sweet undertones, earthiness, pepper, and nutty flavors. All in all, this one this one is worth picking up a 5 pack of to try if you are into full bodied smokes. I consider the Rocky Patel Nicaraguan to be the kind of cigar I could smoke on a daily basis. Give this one a whirl!