Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto – Cigar Review

Rocky Patel Private Cellar was one of seven new introductions Rocky Patel showcased at the IPCPR 2012. So far we have already reviewed the Burn Naples, Florida (review here) and the Home Run 500 (review here).  The Private Cellar is available in three vitolas, Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 1/2 x 52), and Torpedo (6 1/8 x 82). The Rocky Patel Private cellar utilizes a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan binders and fillers. It is billed as a full bodied cigar with a long and smooth finish. We review the robusto today.

Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full
Body: Full
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto is nearly jet black, with fine veins, and a ton of oil. It has a generous cap, is firm to the touch, and the sample smoked for review had no visible defects. Since I was smoking a prerelease sample of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto the band was not the one being used for the actual run, just a simple paper band listing the name. The band being used for the full release is purple and silver and can be seen in the featured image of this review.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto has the scent of sweet rich cocoa and light coffee. The foot of the cigar had notes of coffee, cocoa, hay, and a light mineral sharpness. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto, and on the cold draw there are flavors of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, and hay.

Smoking Characteristics: The Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto opens up with an excellent draw which provides a full body of rich, cool, sweet, smooth, creamy smoke. The first third has notes of rich chocolate, espresso, dried fruit, and an undertone of mineral sharpness that was detected on the foot during my pre-light inspection. There is a rich, delicious, chocolate finish which lingers on the palate for quite some time. The strength in this third is medium.

During the second third of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto, the rich espresso flavors really display themselves fully and the notes of chocolate start to become more of a secondary note. The flavor of dried fruit and mineral sharpness remain as undertones and provide a wonderful balance to the predominant espresso notes. As these flavors develop, a creamy smoothness joins the flavor profile. The draw and burn remain perfect, providing a full body of smoke and producing a visibly firm ash that holds beyond the inch point.

Into the final third of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto, the blend of flavors continues to be rich, full, and delicious with a nice complexity, but with no new flavors being introduced. The notes of espresso, chocolate, cream, earth, dried fruit, and a mineral sharpness all blend well together. The construction remains ideal in this third requiring no attention and allowing me to enjoy myself. The Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto smokes cool and consistent to the nub.

Conclusion: A quality Connecticut Broadleaf maduro can usually be counted among my favorite smokes. The Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto displays those classic chocolaty, sweet, smooth, creamy flavors I love. The unique observation from this blend is an absence of strong spice spice or woody flavors that you find in some maduro blends. As such, this cigar fills a spot in the spectrum for the smoker that is looking for something sweet, smooth, and creamy, but full of flavor. I could certainly see picking up a box of the Private Cellar.

Rating: 90

MSRP: $8.50