I ran into the Rocky Patel representative today and she gifted me with the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 after I mentioned I just reviewed the 1992 this past week. So I figured I would continue the vintage trend and cross this one off my list.
Cigar: Rocky Patel Vintage 1990
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Broadleaf Honduran Leaf Aged 12 Years
Filler: Dominican & Nicaragua
Appearance & Construction (18/20): The Vintage 1990 is a slightly box pressed cigar is a seamlessly rolled cigar with only a trace of veins on the wrapper. The simple double band sports colors of red and maroon that fit this classic Rocky Patel stick. The cigar has a nice weight to it and the foot reveals a well packed stick to it.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The notes one gets when inhaling the foot of the cigar is what sets the 1990 apart from others. The sweet cherry and caramel notes are a delicious treat to the sense of smell, that continue on to the palate with the prelight draw. The initial third of the smoke has some nutty caramel notes that take you away to another place and leaves the days troubles behind. The second third of the cigar, cherry notes join the caramel, and the nuts remain but in the background. The cigar concludes with some nice nutty notes and a caramel finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the smoke is clean and crisp all the way through. The ash is a tight and gray and holds on forever. The draw has a slight resistance but does not require any hard work.
Overall (24/25): My favorite cigar from the Rocky Patel family, with a consistent flavor profile.
Price: $94.99 box of 20