I recently attended the Big Smoke NYC, and afterwards the Rocky Patel after party at the Huslter club. All the attendees to the Hustler club after party got quite the treat, a free Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary Robusto. I was quite excited since this is one of the few lines from Rocky Patel I had yet to try. The packaging on the shelf had always intrigued me and caught my eye in B&Ms. It easily stands out with the flashy box and band. Ye,t I’ve always found it hard to justify spending nearly $20 on a single stick, there are a few I go to on special occasions when I really want to celebrate, but these are ones I am already familiar with. So I considered it quite lucky to be given one of these while attending the after party and jumped at the chance to review it.
Size: 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary features two bands which feature bright orange and easily catch the eye. The top band features silver tracing with the Rocky Patel logo in the center and Rocky Patel written above and Fifty written below. The second band is a foot band which has the number “50″ written in bronze on an orange background. The wrapper of the Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary is a beautiful medium brown, with a slight reddish hue. While the wrapper has a bit of veins, especially near the foot, it also has a very rich oil to it, and feels silky smooth in hand. The construction is excellent, it is a flawless box press topped off with a neat triple cap.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary has notes of a sweet deep rich wood, floral tones, and a little bit of earth. The foot has a scent which is a mix of wood, leather, coffee, earth, and cocoa. To prepare smoking the Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary, I use a slight straight cut and on the cold draw there is a flavor which is a mix of spice, wood, floral tones, and a bit of coffee.
Smoking Experience: Since it is the first time I’ve ever smoked a Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary, and I wanted to take particular care with it, I lit it using a cedar spill to ensure the flavor would not be compromised in anyway. The initial flavors are a blend of spices, peat, wood, and leather. Each draw leaves a little mix of oak and spice lingering on the palate providing a nice finish. The draw is just perfect, easily providing a full body of thick, smooth, creamy, savory smoke with each puff. During the first third, the strength is in the medium to full range, with a nice little mellow buzz starting to set in early on.
Into the second third, the earthy peat flavor starts to dominate the flavor profile a bit more. The spice has faded out a little becoming more of an undertone but the wood and leather both remain. During this third, a nice sweet molasses has developed along with a bit of a coffee tone and a very light floral tone adding a nice complexity and balance to the blend. Each draw still leaves a little mix of spice and oak lingering on the palate. The construction is standing up fairly well, the ash holds solid well past the inch mark. The burn isn’t quite sharp, but still hasn’t needed any touch ups, but the draw is still just perfect. The strength has started to increase in this third, building into the full spectrum. The aroma while smoking is quite alluring, it fills the air with the rich scent of fine tobacco. It is hard to describe specifically , but it is very distinct and completes the smoking experience.
During the final third of the Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary Robusto, the flavor takes on a much sweeter tone, the molasses develops a bit more and the coffee flavor becomes a little richer. The notes of wood, leather, peat, and floral tones all remain, but have taken on secondary roles at this point. The blend is quite well balanced, and offers a fair amount of complexity while smoking. Each flavor is surprisingly defined and quite rich. The draw is still excellent, easily providing a full body of the thick, smooth, cool, creamy, rich smoke. The ash is still holding firm, nearly holding to the inch point, and the burn is becoming a bit sharper. The strength remains in the full range right down to the finish, allowing me a nice buzz. The Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary Robusto smokes cool to the nub without pulling any heat, or bitterness in any way.
Conclusion: The Rocky Patel 50th Anniversary Robusto certainly offers a wonderful smoking experience. The flavors are bold, well developed, well blended, and complex. The strength is perfect, full, but not overpowering and the cigar has a nice evolution to it while smoking. Yet, despite how wonderful the experience is, the price keeps this in my special occasion category of smokes. I do think it is worth trying and could see myself smoking one of these with a nice single malt scotch for my next birthday.