Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 1961

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The Rocky Patel 1961 line of cigars was introduced at this year’s
IPCPR and commemorates Rocky’s birth year of 1961. The 1961 is the
first cigar to be produced at his newest factory Tabacalera Villa Cuba
in Nicaragua. Using only select leaf in its construction, the 1961 is
a medium to full bodied smoke. While many may be familiar with the
Ecuadorian grown Sumatra leaf that is used in several of Rocky’s
blends, the Habano-seed wrapper gives a noticeable spice finish to the
cigar. The 1961 cigar will be limited in production and distribution

Cigar: Rocky Patel 1961
Size: 5×50 Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium

Appearance and Construction: The Rocky ’61 has a nice dark chocolate
colored wrapper. It is a little rustic with some light veins and
somewhat rough wrapper. There are no soft spots along the length of
the stick as it feels firmly packed. No other notable blemishes or
marks to mention.

Flavor & Notes: The 1961 has a faint cedar aroma on the wrapper, but
has an incredibly interesting aroma on the foot. I got the
overwhelming aroma of citrus fruit. There was a sweet earthiness to
the smell. A clean punch cut opened up the head. The cold draw
exhibited some of that citrus aroma I got on the foot along with an
increased earthiness. The first third of the cigar had a smooth, sweet
tobacco flavor with more of that citrus sweetness. By the middle
third, the 1961 transitioned into a basic tobacco sweetness which
carried over through the rest of the smoke. There was also a faint
nuttiness like almond.

Burn/Ash/Draw: The burn was solid all the way through. It lit
beautifully and kept an even, thin burn line throughout. No touchups
or re-lights required. Ash was a nice light gray that remained firm
for a solid inch or so before I tapped it off. Draw was perfect as is
usually the case with most of Rocky’s sticks.

Overall: Overall the 1961 is a good, but simple smoke. The initial
citrus flavors were very interesting and I wished they had stuck
around beyond the initial third. After the transition to the sweet
tobacco flavor it remained that way the entire rest of the cigar. Not
bad, just not interesting. For $6, I’d probably grab this one again at
some point, but not run out to get more.

Price: $6.00