Reviewing cigars and the lifestyle surrounding them.
"Rocky Patel Nording" Robusto (5.5x52)
This reddish hued brown cigar had a slight oil sheen, featuring small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong barnyard and tobacco smell. The ash was light grey in color with specs of white. The burn was razor sharp for the entire cigar with no problems with the construction at all. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of a creamy wood and slightly sweet coffee note on the draw. The finish provided flavors of pepper and the same wood notes which was resent on the draw. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy. Nearing the second third, the pepper was really ramping up and lasting until the next draw. The second third consisted of creamy coffee on the draw with that pepper blast on the finish and continuing to last until the next draw. I wasn’t picking up on any sweet notes except for the occasional draw with flavors of slightly sweet coffee. Reaching the final third, the flavor profile pretty much remained the same. I was picking up on flavors of a dark roasted coffee with faint cream notes on the draw and the finish consisted of a wood and a nutty flavor accompanied by a pepper note that would linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this cigar as far as the blend goes. The construction had no issues at all and the burn time was very good. I only wished that the flavor profile was a little complex. Give it a try if you like the sound of the flavors described! Stay Toasting people!

"Rocky Patel Nording" Robusto (5.5x52)

This reddish hued brown cigar had a slight oil sheen, featuring small veins with no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of a strong barnyard and tobacco smell. The ash was light grey in color with specs of white. The burn was razor sharp for the entire cigar with no problems with the construction at all. The draw was perfect, producing good amounts of flavorful medium bodied smoke. The first third consisted of a creamy wood and slightly sweet coffee note on the draw. The finish provided flavors of pepper and the same wood notes which was resent on the draw. The smoke itself was very smooth and creamy. Nearing the second third, the pepper was really ramping up and lasting until the next draw. The second third consisted of creamy coffee on the draw with that pepper blast on the finish and continuing to last until the next draw. I wasn’t picking up on any sweet notes except for the occasional draw with flavors of slightly sweet coffee. Reaching the final third, the flavor profile pretty much remained the same. I was picking up on flavors of a dark roasted coffee with faint cream notes on the draw and the finish consisted of a wood and a nutty flavor accompanied by a pepper note that would linger on the palate. I was expecting more from this cigar as far as the blend goes. The construction had no issues at all and the burn time was very good. I only wished that the flavor profile was a little complex. Give it a try if you like the sound of the flavors described! Stay Toasting people!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
"Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro" Robusto(5x54)
This nearly black cigar had a beautiful box press with no tooth, small veins and featured a very oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty aged tobacco with faint vanilla notes. The ash was a bright white color and the burn was very even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect being slightly on the loose side, providing tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of leather and earth with faint vanilla and raisin notes on the draw with a coffee and pepper note on the finish. Approaching the second third, the only transition I took note of was the coffee and pepper notes on the finish had began to really ramp up and last until the next draw. At the half way point, the draw was showing flavors of cream and sweet coffee with faint leather notes. The finish was consisting of the previously mentioned strong black coffee and pepper notes. The smoke itself was very smooth. The final third consisted of the same flavors that were present through out the stick. Only adding a new roasted nut flavor on the draw and a semi sweet cocoa note on the finish. I’ve had a dozen or so Olde World Reserves in maduro and one great thing i can say about them is the fact that they are very consistent from one stick to the next. Give this maduro cigar a try if you haven’t already and experience some great maduro flavors. Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro" Robusto(5x54)

This nearly black cigar had a beautiful box press with no tooth, small veins and featured a very oily wrapper. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet musty aged tobacco with faint vanilla notes. The ash was a bright white color and the burn was very even for the entire stick. The draw was perfect being slightly on the loose side, providing tons of rich and oily medium to full bodied smoke. The first third produced flavors of leather and earth with faint vanilla and raisin notes on the draw with a coffee and pepper note on the finish. Approaching the second third, the only transition I took note of was the coffee and pepper notes on the finish had began to really ramp up and last until the next draw. At the half way point, the draw was showing flavors of cream and sweet coffee with faint leather notes. The finish was consisting of the previously mentioned strong black coffee and pepper notes. The smoke itself was very smooth. The final third consisted of the same flavors that were present through out the stick. Only adding a new roasted nut flavor on the draw and a semi sweet cocoa note on the finish. I’ve had a dozen or so Olde World Reserves in maduro and one great thing i can say about them is the fact that they are very consistent from one stick to the next. Give this maduro cigar a try if you haven’t already and experience some great maduro flavors. Stay Toasting!

Saturday, July 28, 2012
"Rocky Patel Decade" Torpedo
This milk chocolate colored cigar had a slight boxpress with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of faint peppery chocolate and tobacco. The ash was a nice salt and pepper color and the burn was great through out the cigar. The draw was on the loose side and was producing great amounts of smooth medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of sweet coffee and leather notes on the draw with the leather and slight pepper notes becoming present on the finish. Reaching the second third, the body increased to a solid medium to full body. The draw flavors were still an extremely smooth and slightly sweet coffee with big leather notes. The finish consisted of a faintly sweet coffee and faint pepper. Throughout the cigar i was also picking up on great aged tobacco flavors. Passed the halfway point i was picking up on faint caramel notes on the draw and continuing into the finish accompanied by the previously mentioned flavors. The final third continued with the same wonderful flavors on the draw and finish, only having the pepper slightly ramp up. The Rocky Patel Decade has won me over and replaced my past favorite rocky sticks. The smoothness and overall construction and smoking experience was great! Try the Rocky Patel Decade out for yourself! Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Decade" Torpedo

This milk chocolate colored cigar had a slight boxpress with a couple medium sized veins and no tooth present. The pre lit aroma consisted of faint peppery chocolate and tobacco. The ash was a nice salt and pepper color and the burn was great through out the cigar. The draw was on the loose side and was producing great amounts of smooth medium bodied smoke. The first third was providing flavors of sweet coffee and leather notes on the draw with the leather and slight pepper notes becoming present on the finish. Reaching the second third, the body increased to a solid medium to full body. The draw flavors were still an extremely smooth and slightly sweet coffee with big leather notes. The finish consisted of a faintly sweet coffee and faint pepper. Throughout the cigar i was also picking up on great aged tobacco flavors. Passed the halfway point i was picking up on faint caramel notes on the draw and continuing into the finish accompanied by the previously mentioned flavors. The final third continued with the same wonderful flavors on the draw and finish, only having the pepper slightly ramp up. The Rocky Patel Decade has won me over and replaced my past favorite rocky sticks. The smoothness and overall construction and smoking experience was great! Try the Rocky Patel Decade out for yourself! Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"Rocky Patel Vintage 1990" Robusto
This dark brown box pressed cigar had a very oily wrapper with no tooth and nearly flawless construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and faint barnyard notes. The ash was bright white in color with a razor sharp burn. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance which produced tons of rich and oily medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet and creamy tobacco with faint raisin notes on the draw with a creamy coffee on the finish. Approaching the second third, I was still tasting the same creamy smooth and faintly sweet tobacco notes, blending now with a new note of tea on the draw. The finish was still showing the same coffee and creamy smoothness. The second third continued to show the same great flavors which were previously mentioned. The only flavor change to take note of was the sweetness was dying down on the draw and a slight pepper note was now present on the finish. Reaching the final third, I realized this smooth and creamy smoke was very consistent and slightly one dimensional, however the  simple flavors really satisfied my pallet and I found myself really enjoying this cigar. It also made me realize Rocky Patel has done it again! Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Vintage 1990" Robusto

This dark brown box pressed cigar had a very oily wrapper with no tooth and nearly flawless construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and faint barnyard notes. The ash was bright white in color with a razor sharp burn. The draw had the perfect amount of resistance which produced tons of rich and oily medium bodied smoke. The first third provided flavors of sweet and creamy tobacco with faint raisin notes on the draw with a creamy coffee on the finish. Approaching the second third, I was still tasting the same creamy smooth and faintly sweet tobacco notes, blending now with a new note of tea on the draw. The finish was still showing the same coffee and creamy smoothness. The second third continued to show the same great flavors which were previously mentioned. The only flavor change to take note of was the sweetness was dying down on the draw and a slight pepper note was now present on the finish. Reaching the final third, I realized this smooth and creamy smoke was very consistent and slightly one dimensional, however the  simple flavors really satisfied my pallet and I found myself really enjoying this cigar. It also made me realize Rocky Patel has done it again! Stay Toasting!

Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary" Corona Gorda
This box pressed cigar had a dark brown oily wrapper with small veins and a velvety soft, seamless looking construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and barnyard notes. The burn was perfect as well as the draw which produced good amounts of oily, medium bodied smoke. The ash stacked very well and was a beautiful salt and pepper color. The first third of the cigar was producing flavors of a sweet tobacco and pepper on the draw with leather and pepper notes continuing on the finish. At the half way point, the sweet tobacco morphed into a faint tobacco with a sweet fresh bread like flavor with a leathery and peppery heat on the finish. The last third showed yet another transition. The draw flavors consisted of a faintly sweet tobacco and coffee note with the previously mentioned leathery and peppery finish. I have to say that I really enjoyed the complexity this cigar had. As always, Stay Toasting!

"Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary" Corona Gorda

This box pressed cigar had a dark brown oily wrapper with small veins and a velvety soft, seamless looking construction. The pre lit aroma consisted of sweet tobacco and barnyard notes. The burn was perfect as well as the draw which produced good amounts of oily, medium bodied smoke. The ash stacked very well and was a beautiful salt and pepper color. The first third of the cigar was producing flavors of a sweet tobacco and pepper on the draw with leather and pepper notes continuing on the finish. At the half way point, the sweet tobacco morphed into a faint tobacco with a sweet fresh bread like flavor with a leathery and peppery heat on the finish. The last third showed yet another transition. The draw flavors consisted of a faintly sweet tobacco and coffee note with the previously mentioned leathery and peppery finish. I have to say that I really enjoyed the complexity this cigar had. As always, Stay Toasting!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
"Rocky Patel Edge Maduro"
Costing $14.00, this cigar had an extremely dark, almost black maduro wrapper. It had a couple medium sized veins running along the length of the cigar. The pre lit aroma consisted of clean tobacco and maduro sweetness. The draw was on the firm side for about an inch down until it opened up to a medium draw which I would normally associate with a Rocky Patel cigar. The ash was grey and the burn was a little runny at times. The flavors consisted of leather earthiness with clean tobacco and the maduro sweetness. At the half way point, the sweetness was combined with a nutty flavorful note and the leather and earth intensified, with a slight pepper on the finish. This stick was a very slow burner, taking an hour and a half for this one. All in all this was a decent stick. I have had better Rocky sticks but this one would take the fourth or fifth position in preference when it comes to Rocky Patel cigars. Stay toasting

"Rocky Patel Edge Maduro"

Costing $14.00, this cigar had an extremely dark, almost black maduro wrapper. It had a couple medium sized veins running along the length of the cigar. The pre lit aroma consisted of clean tobacco and maduro sweetness. The draw was on the firm side for about an inch down until it opened up to a medium draw which I would normally associate with a Rocky Patel cigar. The ash was grey and the burn was a little runny at times. The flavors consisted of leather earthiness with clean tobacco and the maduro sweetness. At the half way point, the sweetness was combined with a nutty flavorful note and the leather and earth intensified, with a slight pepper on the finish. This stick was a very slow burner, taking an hour and a half for this one. All in all this was a decent stick. I have had better Rocky sticks but this one would take the fourth or fifth position in preference when it comes to Rocky Patel cigars. Stay toasting