Thunder by Nimish Desai is the first cigar by the cousin of Rocky Patel. Made in Honduras the cigar is labeled as a medium to full-bodied smoke. The cigars will be available in 3 sizes and retail for between $5.00 and $6.00. The sizes are Short Robusto (4.5 x 54) w/pig tail cap, Toro (6 x 52) and Torpedo (6.25 x 52). On a footnote I am writing this review on Saturday night as snow falls in New York City. There is a solid 2″ on the ground with another 1″ to 3″ due overnight. The temperature is a frigid 34 degrees Fahrenheit with a real feel temperature of 17 degrees, Fahrenheit. I know some will say that this weather is out of whack because of it, but I say Global Warming is a myth and an urban legend. I don’t ever remember snow or temperatures this cold, ever.
Cigar: Thunder by Nimish
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua, Honduras (Dual Binder)
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: The Thunder by Nimish features a beautiful looking chocolate in color wrapper of Habano variety from Ecuador. The amount of oils visible on the wrapper is incredible. There is some tooth and a few veins, but under the fingers there is a silk like smoothness to the touch. The cigar which is tripled capped has a nice hefty weight to it and no imperfections in the roll. The band, is a bit oversized and something about the logo that screams high school sports jersey/team. A secondary band denotes this cigar is by Nimish.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a sweetness about it, and the draw of the cigar is like much of what is produced in the mail order business for Rocky. I’m not really sure how to explain it other than it comes off as slightly medicinal. Normally I am in love with the pre-light ritual, but when it comes to cigars from Rocky Patel I just can’t wait to light, and I don’t necessarily mean that in a good way. Thankfully, when you light a cigar from the Rocky Patel family the pre-light is no longer present. As I smoke into the first third of the Thunder the notes are pepper, that slowly fades into a more generic spice and some leather. There is a slightly peat like finish that makes me wonder how this cigar would pair with Laphroaig. In the second third the peat notes remain in the finish, but the primary notes of the cigar are cinnamon, chocolate and some mild coffee notes. As we enter the last third the leather notes return, and take center stage. The cigar has slight sweet finish with coffee notes as well.
Smoking Characteristics: The Thunder by Nimish burns well, and self corrects every time things got slightly askew. The amount of cigars that burn slightly off-center lately have made me wonder if my humidors are too packed. The ash of the Thunder is strong, holding for half the cigar. The draw was slight north of perfect and the aroma was a bit sweet. The cigar produced a lot of smoke so be sure to be well ventilated.
Conclusion: The pre-release samples I got I liked a bit more, but that doesn’t mean these were different. Despite the poor pre-light notes this turned into a flavorful cigar with a nice complexity. I hope Rocky allows Nimish to have another go at making a cigar because this one is worthy of smoking again.
Price: $5.75 MSRP / Check Atlantic Cigar for Deals on this smoke…