Despite being unable to go to the show this year, I have managed to get my hands on some new sticks. A few of the local reps and I have cross paths lately. The lovely rep from Rocky Patel stopped by over the weekend to drop off a sample of the new cigar from Rocky. For the first time in his company’s history Rocky Patel has collaborated with his brother Nish Patel to create a cigar they are calling, full bodied and a powerhouse. The new cigar has tobacco from the fields of Lancaster country in Pennsylvania. The same region that brought us the Rocky Patel Winter Blend 2008.
The cigar comes in 5 sizes, the Corona ($6.50 MSRP), Robusto ($7.00), Toro ($8.00), Torpedo ($8.000) and Super Toro ($9.00). They will begin to ship in October of 2009.
Cigar: Patel Brothers
Size: 6 x 56 (Super Toro)
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Appearance and Construction (xx/20): To the naked eye this cigar is very similar to the Rocky Patel Winter Blend. The sample I got had a plain white label, so I am unable to report on how the real label looks. The facsimile they sent me looks like it will be a nice eye catching band. The construction of the of the cigar is flawless. I challenge anyone to find the seam of the roll without having to search for it. At least that is how my samples were. The cigar has some nice oils and a lot of tooth. This cigar is a real treat visually. There were no soft spots and this well packed cigar had a nice weight to it.
Flavor & Notes (xx/30): The prelight of the cigar has a delicious sweetness to it on the draw and the foot has a nice spice to it. As we smoke the first third of the cigar the spices are evident and they create a nice canvas for the notes of mocha and leather that accompany it. The second third of the smoke the spices are pretty much non-existent. The mocha notes really shine through here with a touch of leather. The final third of the cigar the spices kick up to create a nice spicy leathery finish.
Burn/Ash/Draw (xx/25): The cigar had a waviness to the burn line but being these smokes came back from New Orleans I am calling that acceptable. It never needed to be touched up. The cigar had a nice white ash with no flake but every time I began working on a long ash I bumped into something like a drunken sailor. It had the appearance that it would of held on fairly well. The draw was difficult and that was a tad annoying. But being these are pre-releases of a cigar that isn’t out for 2 months I will let it slide as well.
Overall (xx/25): These cigars don’t come out for 2 months and you call tell by smoking them they need age. For me to give this a score would be unfair, but the potential for this cigar is very high. I will give this cigar a proper review when they are available for retail which I believe will be in the 88-90 range.