Rocky Patel Freedom was one of the six new introductions at the 2012 IPCPR show. So far, we have already reviewed the Burn Naples, Florida (review here), the Home Run 500 (review here), and the Rocky Patel Private Cellar (review here). Today I am taking a look at the new Rocky Patel Freedom in the robusto size. The Freedom is likely named so because of Rocky Patel’s involvement in fight for Cigar Rights. The new Freedom is available in four sizes with an MSRP which ranges from $7.50 for the robusto to $8.50 for “Sixty” (6 x 60).
Size: 5 x 50
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Rocky Patel Freedom I smoked for review was a pre-release sample I obtained at the IPCPR so all it had for a band is a very basic paper which labels it as a “RP Freedom”. I did however see the release band and it was themed in red, white, and blue with the RP logo in the middle and Freedom written on the bottom. The wrapper is a dark brown, close to milk chocolate in color, with minor veins, rich oil, and a tight triple cap.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Freedom has notes of sweet chocolate with a little bit of wood. The foot has a scent which is a mix of chocolate, coffee, wood, and some spices. To prepare smoking the Rocky Patel Freedom I use a slight straight cut and the cold draw produces a flavor which is blend of sweet molasses, cocoa, coffee, wood, and some grass.
Smoking Characteristics: The Rocky Patel Freedom kicks off with a bit of pepper and some nice spice which plays with the palate warming it slightly. The pepper really fades out after the first few puffs, but the spice hangs around. Notes of sweet cocoa, wood, leather, and a touch of earth start to join the blend as the pepper fades out. There is also a bit of coffee and a mild earthy spice which linger on the palate between draws providing a nice finish. The draw is excellent, easily providing a full body of rich, cool, smooth, slightly dry smoke. Not only is the body of smoke full on the draw, but smoke continues to ooze from the stick between draws, filling the air with a wonderful chocolate and espresso aroma.
Into the second third of the Rocky Patel Freedom, the spice continues to fade out a bit a more. The blend is now predominantly cocoa, coffee, and a nice, nutty earthiness. There are also undertones of wood, leather, and a mild spice. The blend is a little dry, but pretty sweet, balanced, and complex. The draw is still fantastic, easily providing a full body of smoke. The ash holds solid, easily past the inch point, and is a very dark gray color. The burn is nearly razor sharp, and has required no corrections at this point. The strength is medium to full, providing a nice mellow buzz.
During the final third of the Rocky Patel Freedom the notes of cocoa, nutty earth, wood, leather all remain, but the coffee becomes more of an espresso note and the spice starts to pick up a bit more. The blend is quite delicious, balanced, and a bit complex as well with the flavors playing off one another. The construction remains excellent with no issues with the burn, draw, or ash. The Rocky Patel Freedom smokes cool to the last puff with the same wonderful flavors.
Conclusion: The Rocky Patel Freedom should be a great addition to the Rocky Patel lineup. With an MSRP of only $7.50 for the robusto, it is priced low enough to be something enjoyed on a regular basis, and it has enough flavor and complexity to easily hold its own within that price range. It had a great blend of flavors with a nice evolution to them which should keep any smoker entertained. Overall, I’m sure I’ll be grabbing a couple more of the Rocky Patel Freedom, and I might even pick up a box at some point.