I never realized before that my writing cigar reviews could be so influential. In recent months Jerry Cruz of Stogie Review which is the go to site for cigar reviews chose to buy the Rocky Patel Winter Blend based on my review. Stew from The World According to Stew is going out to buy the mx3 based upon my review. Se7ven from The Cigar Box based upon my review of the Rocky Patel Cameroon Especial went out to purchase those. But the biggest thing for me is how my good friend David from Barrister Cigars was waiting to see what I thought of today’s cigar before ordering them. So with all that being said I would like to take the time to thank everyone who reads my blog and allows me to be an influence in what they smoke. I am sure at times we will disagree, but I hope I have not steered you wrong to often.
Cigar: Rocky Patel Spring Collection 2009
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Appearance and Construction (17/20): The Sumatra wrapper on the cigar features a significant amount of veins. The roll of the stick is crisp and clean with there being no soft spots at all. The foot of the cigar and the head of the cigar show some stems, but nothing that should create an issue in terms of the draw. The cigar is well packed with a nice weight and balance to it. The cigar feature two bands, with the top one in a nice color of green and silver denoting the spring collection. The year 2009 is in black and gets lost on the band. The secondary band of gold and silver denotes Rocky Patel.
Flavor & Notes (27/30): The prelight draw on the cigar offers some tasty notes of mocha with some slight mocha notes on the foot. As we light up the stick there are some pepper notes that give way to notes of some strong espresso. As we work down the first third the cigar mellows out to a nice medium bodied smoke with some nice notes of coffee and a slight mocha. As we approach the second third of the the cigar continues to have some mocha notes in the background with some nutty notes as well. I also occasionally got a quick hit of licorice. The final third of the cigar becomes a little earthy but there are notes of licorice and coffee on the finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (23/25): The burn of the cigar is fairly even, with a nice slow burn which worked well on this gorgeous spring day. The ash was a almost white, albeit a little flaky. But this could be from lack of humidor time. I was gifted 2 samples last night from the local Rocky Patel rep and she wanted to know my thoughts on the cigar which further added to my swelling ego. The draw had a slight resistance which is what i like in the cigar.
Overall (23/25): I was very nervous about this cigar as when I think of spring, I thing of floral. I was worried this would be a very mild cigar with floral notes. A best case scenario was a cigar that was rich in chocolate (think Easter). But the cigar turned out to be none of those. The cigar turned out to be a medium bodied smoke with some full bodied qualities. I was pleasantly surprised and while not as strong as the winter collection this cigar should satisfy those who liked that cigar.