ROCKY PATEL 15TH ANNIVERSARY BEST CIGAR FOR THE YEAR 2011.

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary
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ROCKY PATEL 15TH ANNIVERSARY

  • Toro 6-1/2 x 52.
  • Torpedo 6-1/8 x 52.
  • Corona Gorda 6 x 46.

Description: An  Elegant Balance of Richness, Complexity and Spice. It’s a medium Dark, Trunk-Pressed cigar that’s wrapped in Ecuadoran Tobacco, grown from Habano Seeds. The binder and filler tobacco are entirely Nicaraguan. And one of the filler varieties is grown on a farm that was specially dedicated to this cigar. The cigar come in Dark Black Boxes with Metallic plates on with RP Logo. Also this cigar ware a Metallic color Double band with cello.

Rocky Patel’s 15th Anniversary cigars are scheduled for nationwide release on July 30, 2010, but some select tobacconists may already have them. The cigar is made in Rocky’s boutique factory in Nicaragua with a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, Habano Ecuadorian wrapper, and binder from Jalapa (Nicaragua). The cigars will be available in four sizes  as follows.

  • Corona Gorda, 6 x 46,
  • Robusto, 5 x 50,
  • Toro, 6½ x 52,
  • Torpedo, 6 1/8 x 52,

The 15th Anniversary Robusto is a box pressed cigar which appeared to be very well constructed. I must say that the size and shape of the cigar felt pretty good in my hand and mouth. The initial taste upon lighting the cigar was a blast of pepper and spice, not the biggest blast I’ve ever tasted, but more than I prefer. After about 10 minutes, a leathery flavor predominated. After an additional 10 minutes, the taste was more a combination of leather and spice. At the 30 minute mark, I began to feel a slight nicotine buzz. I had to relight at this point, with about 2½ inches remaining. However, the cigar burned evenly and did not need any touch-up lights, and held a medium-to-long ash. I continued smoking the cigar down to about 2 inches remaining, for a total smoke time of approximately 40 minutes.

I would classify the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar as a full-bodied/full-strength stick that is appropriate for experienced cigar smokers, only. This is not a cigar for beginners or occasional cigar smokers, and not for those who prefer to avoid getting their butt kicked by a very potent cigar. Good thing I sampled a Robusto, because a larger size may have eventually kicked my butt. In an online video Rocky Patel describes the 15th Anniversary cigar as being like his RP Decade on steroids. I would have to agree with him on that one. I’m giving this cigar 3 stars, and recommend that experienced smokers try a single (after they come out on July 30), before deciding whether to commit to a box of 20.

CIGARS SMOKER’S REVIEWS:

Appearance & Construction: The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is a gorgeous looking box pressed cigar. The wrapper is a pale looking brown color with some medium sized veins. The wrapper is smooth and velvety and the cigar seems to be constructed very well. The seam lines are even and the roll is neat and tight. The samples sent to me came unbanded. from David Lampert,  but from what I have seen they will be a nice dull silver color.

Smoking Characteristics: The draw on the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is excellent and produces a large amount of smoke. The burn is even and the ash is average in strength dropping off at about the one inch mark. Overall no complaints in this category

Flavor: The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary starts off with an earthy coffee like core with notes of sweet floral and spice. There is a nice finish to this cigar that is filled with mixed nuts. The second third is much of the same but the floral notes and coffee really are the focal point of this cigar. In the final third the flavors seem to get a little mottled and they don’t really know what they want to do. This could just be the young age of the cigar but with a little time I’m sure these will balance out. The body of the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is medium and the strength is average.

Final Thoughts: Overall I enjoyed the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary. The cigar is very complex which is the true mark of a great cigar. With that said though, I think this cigar needs a little more time to meld together but I think it should be ready for the July 3oth release. Also a word to the wise, be careful when retro-hailing smoke though the nose. It is very overpowering and gave me quite the sneezing fit. Overall though, a very nice cigar that should do well among most cigar enthusiasts.

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