Cigar Review: Patel Brothers

Patel Brothers

Patel Brothers

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
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Full

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.

Price: Unknown

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  • Cigarette Machine

    My medium bodied cigar with a mild tobacco flavor is my favorite my far.

  • Charlie Rocky Hawaii

    Another Patel creation? You know I’m on board. Nice review!

  • Mike – KnightRid

    Sounds like it might have potential! I will pick up a few when they come out, especially since my brother-in-law is a RP whore ;)

    Thanx for the review and first look!


  • Wiegs

    I have been appreciating the fine PA grown wrapper and feel it’s a great collaboration between two brothers. Inhaled the smoke is giving a buzz. Worthy smoke, a gem of strength and flavor.

  • http://ACigarSmoker johnnyv

    I’d like to see you revisit this stick Barry. I happen to think this cigar fails to get the credit it deserves. People have gotten dissapointed in many of Rocky’s releases of late so I feel like this one gets bumched into that group unfairly. It was actually one of my top 10 last year. I’m a full bodied powerhouse lover and this one fits nicely just below the JDN Dark Corojo as power houses go in my book. Give them at least a month before lighting up but if you like a full bodied nicaraguan profile, this is a good one.

  • Barry

    Being I gave them an incomplete, I will revist this. However, I don’t subscribe to sitting on a box for a month, if they aren’t ready to smoke out of the box, then they shouldn’t be shipped until they are.

    Look for this review within a couple of weeks.


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