Cigar Review: Rocky Patel R4

Rocky Patel R4

Rocky Patel R4

I recently made a small wager for a few cigars during the NFC Championship game. I wagered against The World According to Stew who took the Eagles, and I took the Cardinals. In a squeaker I managed to hang on and I collected a 5 pack of cigars. My friend Stew likes to search for bargains on the internet and he will buy a cigar at a great deal especially if it is by Rocky Patel. This one did not meet up to his standards and he sent me one to see what I thought, so here goes!

Cigar: Rocky Patel R4
Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Corojo
Binder: Nicaragua & Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras

Appearance & Construction (16/20): Made from grade A wrapper this cigar has a silky appearance with minimal veins. The smooth corojo wrapper has some oils showing and nearly flawless roll. Upon inspection of the foot there are some small stems visible, and when the cap is cut there are some stems there as well.

Flavor & Notes (25/30): As I smoke the first third of my cigar there is a light snow falling outside and I am treated with notes of pepper and wood. The second third of the cigar begins to reveal notes of nutmeg and wood, none of which are refined. The final third of the cigar has dry earthy notes and a hint of wood and nut remaining in the background. The notes were never abundant and the cigar for me was not up to par with what I enjoy smoking.

Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): When I lit this cigar up I was greeted with a tough draw, that opened up once I cut another 1/2 inch of the cigar. The ash is a tight white with no flake or ridges and it held on for quite some time. The burn was pretty even but the carbon line was a little bit wide which I learned at the CAO event the other night means a cigar was not fermented long enough. So I would suggest you sit on these for a while before smoking them.

Overall (21/25): I would keep this cigar on hand because of its price and the fact that everyone I know always hits me up for cigars. It’s a good cigar for a novice, and it would hold up well on the golf course. It’s slow burn makes it ideal for a day on the greens.

Rating: 84
Price: 39.90 and up for 20 cigars at Duque Cigars




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  • Arnie

    I like Rocky’s smokes generally, but I’ve not tried the R4. Not supposed to be one of his better efforts. Then again, this is a 2 dollar cigar. If you look at it that way, and since a Padron 40th Anniversary only scored 10 points higher, I’d say Rocky did a pretty good job. In that sense the Padron is 1200% more expensive but only 10% better. Hmmmm……

  • doc8466

    Interesting way to look at it Arnie. As smoker who also is always in search of a ‘diamond in the rough’ in the $2-$3 range, I picked up a bundle of both the maduro and corojo R4. So far I haven’t tried the corojo but the maduro version in robusto is a nice simple straightforward Honduran tasting maduro. Don’t hold it in your mouth too long though ’cause your lips will turn dark brown from the dye he uses….

    Thanks for the second oppinion!

  • doc8466

    I spent over 2 hrs doing some simple organizing of my cigars, and while doing so pulled out one of my R4 Corojo torpedos. I lit it up while starting my evening perusal of stogie related sites and noted something very sweet on the cap. Not bad, but not something I’d expect from a corojo. Then 1/2 inch in, I got the distinct aroma of milk. That was a first, and if it never happened again it’d be ok with me. After that I couldn’t really get anything else out of it since I kept thinking milk milk milk…

    The retro gave me some definite citrus, I’d go with lime I think.

    Other than that it was uneventful. But with all said, I am getting over pneumonia so will give Rocky another try in a week or so to see if any of these notes show up or not.

    Stay tuned! ;-)

  • Steve

    @doc8466 “I am getting over pneumonia so will give Rocky another try in a week or so to see if any of these notes show up or not.”

    Since Doc wrote this on 3 Feb (and it’s now 30 Mar without a reply), I guess we can assume the pneumonia got ‘em and he’s passed.

    RIP Doc.

  • Bob

    RIP Doc, I will definitely miss your early morning cigar reviews. In the meantime I eat cereal while I smoke my R4 Corojo. It’s the perfect combination!

  • Mick

    I would give it two more points, one for flavor and one for overall. The R4s I tried sound like they had a little more of a nutty creaminess throughout the middle third (compared to yours). Not a gem, but glad I tried it.

  • Gimme a Padron

    Arnie,
    Your a wizard with numbers. It makes sense 1200% more expensive and only 10% better quality. Now it’s easy to understand the monetary part but I’m unclear with the rating part. Is1% in a cigar rating the same as a dollar in the bank? If this was the case the Patel R4 would cost $84.00, I’m not sure which Padron your referring to but just as an example let’s plug in the Padron 1964 Principe Anniversary which is a great cigar and really only 1/2 the size of a Patel Robusto.The Padron 1964 Principe scored 100 points on this forum, so now we’re looking at a $100.00 cigar and it’s 1/2 of the size. Wait……I know what everyone’s thinking now, the cost of an equal Padron would be $200.00 to get the same amount of smoking time as the Patel Robusto. Well the calculations are correct and well respected; however I myself would rather have a $100.00 absolutely mind blowing never a bad one Padron than an $84.00 who’s know what’s going to happen or how it tastes Rocky Patel.
    I should also mention I’m Lactose Intolerant and that milky aroma or flavor that Doc8466 mentioned may not agree with me. I’m always looking for bargain basement cigar and only hope that I will be able to smoke Padron’s, Fuente Anejo’s, Opus X’s, Ashton VSG’s, ESG’s or so many other $15-$30 cigars on a daily basis.

  • Sticks

    I had a fiver of the R4 Corojo line and I thought they had a cheap taste to them without much of a redeeming value and would not buy them again. Not much of a Rocky P. fan anymore after trying many of his sticks. R.P and Gurka’s lines of sticks are getting to be industrial cigars. Mass produced without much flavor.

  • The EVP

    I’d have to say this rating is VERY generous. I’ve tried these cigars before and can’t imagine giving anything higher than a 72. Even the RP reps cringe when you mention the R4. No flavor (actualy tasted like mulch and didn’t smell much better when burned). It pains me to say this because I’m pretty much a big RP fan, but this cigar is best left on the shelves. Not even good enough for the mooches.

  • John

    I am a huge RP fan, but have to say I am disappointed with the R4. No flavor at all, it was not worth smoking.

  • Keith

    I am a newblet when it comes to cigars. I think this Rocky Patel R4 is probably my 25th cigar. I am here on this forum because I was wondering if it was me or if this cigar just was really not worth it. I Don’t think its worth. I had to cut the end 5 times to get a draw that wasnt like breathing through a coffee stirrer and the flavor is extremely weak. I would pay 2 dollars not to smoke it again.

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