Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Spring Collection 2009

Rocky Patel Spring 2009

Rocky Patel Spring 2009

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
6 x 50 (Toro)
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Sumatra
Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

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.

Rating: 90
Price: $8.00

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  • Se7en_Vandalay

    Thank you for all the work that you put into It is a must read and a definite resource when I’m wandering the humidor looking for something new. Thanks also for the link love to my new reviews.

    Thanks again for a great review. I’ll have to watch for these, because I missed the Winter Collection.

  • Lippy

    Ok, I’m confused dude? Jerry reviewed the MX3 16 days before you posted your review and you even quoted him in your review. So, how exactly did your review influence him since he had already tried the cigar and reviewed it before you even posted your review? Rather, did Jerry influence you to try these cigars? Whats up?

  • Barry


    The MX3 has been discussed on twitter for few weeks now. I had offers of people to send me one, but I put myself on a cigar budget. When I was able to I ordered a 5 pack.

    I am my own person, and I review my cigars as my own person. Here is the deal with cigars. Just because one person reviews one does not mean they own the review.

    I quoted Jerry using his permission to type the backstory of the review. I gave him credit. So what are you getting at dude!

  • Lippy

    You are correct, no one owns a particular review and giving each other props, praise, and plugs, etc is cool by me. The more reviews of a cigar the better. What I was wondering is above in this review you said Jerry bought the MX3 because of your review of it. Is that a typo?

  • Lippy

    WOW, I’m an idiot. Sorry dude, my sincere apologies. I’m an ass…. Too much coding and trying to do 5 things at once. I completely miss-read everything and I have no idea why I was reading RP Winter Collection as MX3. Again, I’m very sorry for my idiocy.

  • barry

    Re-read the posting… I never say jerry bought the mx3 based on my review. I said he bought rocky’s based on my review.

    Stew is looking to buy mx3′s based on the review.

  • dk_fxn

    nice review barry!
    by no means am I a Rocky fan, but I just smoked one of these yesterday and was very impressed.

  • Bigsmoke

    I cant wait till i get some more of these!!
    Rocky Spring Collection tastes great and medium bodied.
    That winter collection sure kick my butt.
    But for those who loved the summer collection will truly enjoy the Spring. Great review, as always. for orders

  • RedBanner

    I really enjoy your reviews, especially smoking the cigar in question as I’m reading it.


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