Cigar: Rocky Patel Renaissance
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Wrapper (Aged 4 years!)
Binder: Jalapa Valley Nicaragua
Appearance & Construction (18/20): The Rocky Renaissance cigar is a well rolled cigar with a gorgeous wrapper. The label has shades of brown, gold and white which is interesting but on a humidor shelf it tends to get lost with the other Rocky Patel cigars. An interesting note about the band is that on the back there are the letters MZ. The letters stand for Mark Zimenski. His wife works for Rocky Patel, and he passed away in a motorcycle accident. He also had 5 children. Rocky created the cigar in memory of him, and the name Renaissance translates to ‘rebirth’. The cigar has no soft spots and a nice weight to it.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): After an initial hit of pepper on the first third the Renaissance offers some wonderful creamy vanilla notes. As we move to the second third of the smoke the vanilla remains but slowly gives way to some nice coffee notes, which I would expect with the Sumatra wrapper. The final third of the cigar has notes of coffee, nuts and earth. It was an enjoyable cigar with easy to define notes.
Burn/Ash/Draw (21/25): The burn of the cigar was a little jagged, but nothing that ever needed t be touched up. I did have to relight it once though as it went out around the half way point. The ash is a medium to dark gray with some flake but it held firm. The draw was a little tough, but it was acceptable.
Overall (23/25): Some people have told me this cigar is basically the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra renamed. I have not been able to confirm that. When smoking it there are some similarities, but it does have it’s own identity. The cigar has become a staple in my Rocky Patel repertoire.
Price: $31.88 a 5 pack at Tex Cigars