Cigar Inn in NYC had an event on June 16th, 2010 for the pre-release of the 15th Anniversary from Rocky Patel. If you purchased a box of cigars from Rocky Patel you received a box of the 15th Anniversary for free. However, this box is slightly different then the cigar that will actually be released. The true release of the cigar is box pressed. I had the honor of talking with Rocky Patel and his brother Nish Patel while the event was still quiet and they were nice enough to give me one of the sticks that will be released in July.
This is my initial thought of the smoke based on one sample.
Cigar: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
A box pressed beauty that was firm to the touch and with no soft spots. A quick check of the foot reveals notes of cedar and spice while the draw offered up notes of mocha, spice and wood. Once lit the spice is felt right away from the ligero tobacco. During the course of the smoke I picked up notes of dark chocolate, wood, pepper and a touch of leather. I am happy to report it burned even, the draw was perfect and it produced a nice volume of smoke.
Once these hit the stores I will offer up a full review of this cigar from Rocky Patel that is totally different from anything he has released.