Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009

Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009

Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009

It seems this year the Rocky Patel seasonal blends are coming out quicker then last year. It wasn’t to long ago that the spring collection was in my hands. The one problem with them coming out this fast is you move on to the next one without taking the time to appreciate the prior seasons blend.

Cigar: Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Appearance and Construction (18/20): The 2009 Summer Blend has a different look then last year. The band change denotes the change. The band features a shade of red that reminds me of the sky during an Indian summer along with silver and black writing. The habano wrapper has some small veins on it and a decent sheen from the oils. The cigar itself is well packed and the cap held strong as I went with a hole punch.

Flavor & Notes (27/30): The cigar has a prelight draw of mocha with the same note on the foot. The first third of the cigar starts out with a bite that would of been bothersome on a hot summer day. But thankfully it faded. What remains is a cigar with some amazingly delicious notes of mocha and some fruitiness. As we enter the second third the cigar continues to please. The notes take you away to a tropical island. The citric/fruity notes remain but not in a pansy way. The final third of the cigar is a mix of mocha and leather that slowly bring you back to reality.

Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The burn of this stick is flawless from start to finish. The ash is a nice light grey and it holds strong. The ash has no flake and is solid. The draw of the cigar is a bit loose though and because of this it smokes a little fast.

Overall (24/25): Don’t let the fruit like notes fool you this medium bodied cigar is a grand slam. The cigar is the best of the seasonal blends to date for my tastes. I smoked this baby til my fingers burned.

Rating: 93
Price: $7.00

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  • tim

    Wow that sounds great! My Summer 08s are nearly gone looks like i’ll have to grab some of these to replace em. Great review Barry.

  • Mike – KnightRid

    Very nice! I have 1 RP Summer 08 left I believe, so I will pick some of these up! My local (well 45 minutes away) store said they will have them next weekend I believe!


  • BradinBuffalo

    Great Reiview Barry….

  • cliff

    Great Review…. This is definitely a better stick then the Spring… Nish Patel said that they were starting to put more “effort” into the collections… They arn’t making as many cigars and are really trying to increase quality…. I guess we will see.. love the site, great review…

  • Tommy Zman

    Excellent review as usual, Barry. It’s weird because there are so many Rocky whores out there that rave if the guy takes a pee. But then he makes a cigar like this and I start to become the whore I swore I wouldn’t be. Grand Slam is a good way to describe this baby.

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  • Matthias Clock

    One of my all-time favorite cigars. This was the first to really capture my imagination and take me to another place entirely. I’ve got one sitting in my box upstairs, and I’m saving it for a special occasion.

    My only question is, where did you find this for $7?

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