Greetings from beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I decided to get away for a few days and enjoy life. So I currently sit on a balcony overlooking the water and I decided to get one more review up since I will not have a chance to write for a few days while I do the tourist thing. On the agenda is drinking, eating, partying, and smoking. This review comes upon request of Matthew over at Cigar Bar.
Cigar: ITC !0th Anniversary by Rocky Patel
Size: Toro 6.5 x 52
Wrapper: Cuban Seed Nicaraguan Grown Corojo
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega, Jalapa & Esteli)
Pre-Light: If you click on the picture to the left, you will notice something I have never seen before near the ash. This cigar appears to have received a patch job because of a split. When I saw this I was pretty pissed of that quality control would let this go through. The scent of the wrapper was Cedar & Earth, while the foot was Cedar & Pepper. The wrapper despite being kept in my well mainted humidor looked a little dry. This cigar is a pretty heavy cigar in terms of weight. The prelight draw was sweet, kind of like chocolate or cocoa.
Smoke: Upon lighting this cigar I was quicky taken back but the strength of the cigar. It was a full bodied cigar from the get go that tried to work its way back to medium bodied and failed to do. The initial notes were pepper, cedar and other spices. This remaind for the first third of the cigar. The 2nd third introduced some coffee notes, that became more prevelent as I reached the final third. The final third of the cigar was pepper and earth as the coffee notes left in a hurry. One I got past the patch job, this cigar burned nice, with burn light that was straight. The ash was a little flaky, and a light grey in color.
Overall: I used to be a huge fan of Rocky Patel and still love a lot of the cigars they produce, but unfortunately nothing has topped the initial batch of Edge cigars that came in coffins of 100, without a label/band on them. In fact a lot of cigars of his cigars lately with the exception of the Summer Blend have been a dissapoint me to me, this smoke included.
My Local Price: 8.50
Rating: 86 (Out of 100)
When I return I will be doing a joint review/smoke off with The World According To Stew who sent me a Padilla in exchange for a Rocky Patel Summer that I sent him. So have a great weekend everybody see you next week!