Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel Royale Robusto

Back in the day, while I was working for a cigar distributer I ran into Rocky Patel at Intertabac. At that time Rocky didn’t have a distributer in The Netherlands, a small player was interested but I snatched Rocky away from him and brought him to us. And we did quite alright, Rocky wasn’t our biggest selling brand but it was getting momentum and we did some great events with his European director Kolja Kukuk and even Rocky managed to do a few events in The Netherlands and it was always fun.


One of the cigars I smoked most was this Rocky Patel Royale, made in his Nicaraguan factory, a factory I visited, with an Ecuadorean Sumatra wrapper and filler tobacco from Nicaragua and Honduras. This cigar made it to the top 10 of Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 a few years ago and I did do a review of the toro some time ago but have never reviewed the robusto and never done a review with my 100 point scoring system so here we go.


When I release the 5×52 box pressed cigar from the cellophane I notice a beautiful, dark, mild toothy and oily wrapper that just looks amazing. The construction fels great and the triple cap looks good too. The ring is beautiful, golden with a dark reddish brown color writing and RP logo although the print quality could be a little better around the letters. The second, smaller ring, is in the exact same style and says Royale. Simple yet tasteful. And the aroma is strong and a classic stable and barnyard smell.


I punched the cigar, the cold draw is perfect and flavorful. I taste hay, raisin and wood. After lighting I taste coffee and peanuts. Slowly I start tasting herbs and pepper too while the coffee disappears. After a third it’s spicy green herbs with some peanut, salt and pepper. Halfway there is a stronger nut, not just peanuts, flavor with a hint of chocolate and still the green herbs with some white pepper. The pepper slowly builds up to a nice and strong flavor.


The draw is fantastic, just the right amount of resistance. The smoke is thick and full. The light gray ash is firm. The burn is good yet not perfect. This cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again?  Yes, I will always have some in stock.

Score: 92
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Rocky Patel Super Ligero Lancero

A few years ago I ran into Rocky Patel at the Intertabac trade show and at the time Rocky didn’t have distribution in The Netherlands so over dinner with Rocky (and Abe Flores from PDR and Courtney Smith from La Paling whom we already distributed) I convinced Rocky to go with us instead of with the other distributer that showed interest. Soon after we introduced Rocky Patel Premium Cigars on the international market and we hit the market hard, with a lot of events with Rocky’s European marketing guy Kolja Kukuk and me. Kolja always brought other Rocky Patel cigars for us to smoke on each of his trips to The Netherlands so I smoked a lot of Rocky Patel cigars that weren’t and still aren’t available in The Netherlands.


One day he brought the Super Ligero, a cigar that made me frown my eyebrows for two reasons, first of all because with that name I expected it to be blended for strength and not for taste and second of all because I automatically thought “that is a twist to the double ligero name La Flor Dominicana uses”. Now the latter was quickly covered as false, the strain of ligero used in this cigar is simply called ‘super ligero’ so the cigar is named after the type of tobacco and the first was countered after I smoked the cigar, it was full bodied but not too strong and it became the Rocky Patel cigar I loved most. On the next trip Kolja surprised me with a handful of Rocky Patel Super Ligero lanceros, a 7 1/2×38 version of this Honduran made cigar with a blend consisting of a Honduras habano wrapper and binder and a filler of Nicaraguan and Costa Rican super ligero. I’m down to my last few so I need to write a review before they are all gone.


The cigar has a nice, quite dark, wrapper with a little shine to it and only a few minor thin veins running over it. The head of the cigar is topped with a single cap. The band is modern shaped with the round RP logo on the back and the words Super Ligero written in the length of the cigar, the ‘super’ is written in a very Miami Vice color green, Ligero is written in bigger letters in white on the black band. Next to that you’ll find a red banner with the name of the factory “El Paraiso Honduras”. The band is beautiful, modern and stands out in a humidor. The construction feels good but since Rocky Patel has every cigar tested before they leave the factory I expect nothing less than perfection from the brand. The aroma isn’t too strong and has hints of a stable with a cow urine drained hay. I use a flat cut to cut the cigar and the cold draw is nice and taste peppery with a raisin like sweetness. I light the cigar with my Ronson varaflame.


First I taste a medium strong coffee flavor with some pepper in the front of my mouth. The flavors soon changes to lime with some spicy flavor I can’t describe. Slowly the lime fades away and the spice changes to spicy green herbs. After a third it’s an earthy flavor with some pepper. Slowly I also taste some cedar too, with some nutmeg a little before I’m halfway. Right after midway the lime returns and makes a nice combo with the earth, cedar and pepper. The nutmeg disappeared. Somewhat later i taste some walnut too that slowly gets stronger. At the two thirds mark the nut flavor is less strong and then main flavor is pepper again with lime. Near the end the pepper gets really strong.


The smoke is medium thick and a medium amount but it gets thicker and more once I passed the halfway point. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm. The draw is a little bit to tight for my liking but not too much to complain. The burn is straight but I had to relight once. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The cigar is dynamic, that’s why I love the thinner ring gauge cigars so much. The smoke time is little over two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately they aren’t for sale in The Netherlands or surrounding countries so when I travel to the USA again I’ll treat myself to a box.

Score: 92

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Rocky Patel Freedom Robusto

Rocky Patel spends most of his time in Washington nowadays to fight the legislation towards cigars, that’s getting worse and worse. To represent what he’s fighting for he created a line of cigars called Freedom.
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The medium brown wrapper looks nice with a very American inspired band, stars, red & white stripes, the whole color scheme, it screams USA. The thin veins are flattened which helps the appearance. The construction feels good, and the cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. The predraw is fine and leaves hints of pepper and freshness.
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A nice mellow coffee flavor is what I taste when I light the cigar with my classic ronson varaflame from the late sixties. I also taste nutmeg, medium bodied. The coffee disappears, it’s now wood with nutmeg. After a third the cigar gets a bit spicy, not peppery though, don’t know how to describe this.
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Halfway I taste wood, a little bit of nutmeg and some freshness in the aftertaste. There is a little bit of pepper on my lips. Slowly a mild citrus flavor develops on the back of my throat but that could also be the result of my drink. At the end I get a burst of pepper.
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I get a good amount of thick white smoke. The ash is silver gray and frayed. The burn needs a few touch ups. Ash is pretty firm, cigar is medium bodied and medium to full flavored. The cigar lasted me for 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, but not as often as the super Ligero.
Appearance: 8
Construction: 8
Draw: 8
Burn: 7
Smoke & ash: 8
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 7
Aroma third part: 7

Btw if you’re wondering why I’m holding the cigars so weird, I cut my thumb and its wrapped in white bandages.

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Rocky Patel Super Ligero Robusto

I’m a very lucky guy. Started to smoke cigars about 10 years ago, started my blog two years later and about three and a half years ago I landed a job in the industry I fell in love with. My employer is not just my boss but also a friend, I met a lot of genuine nice people in the cigar industry, got to travel to Nicaragua twice and I get to smoke test blends, pre releases and cigars that aren’t available on the European market. This is one of those cigars that isn’t available in europe yet, except for Sweden and the Czech Republic. a Rocky Patel with a new strain of tobacco by Plasencia named Super Ligero, which is also the name of the cigar.
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A dark cigar, few thin veins and a big band with the name of the cigar, the factory (El Paraiso – Honduras) and the Rocky Patel logo. The cigar feels well constructed. The cigar has a real strong barnyard and manure aroma, as weird as it sounds it makes me want to light the cigar as soon as possible. The predraw is fine, I taste red pepper and raisins.
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Coffee and pepper, that’s what I get with the first puffs. Soon after its wood and coffee, with a minty flavor on the background. After a centimeter I taste mint with some pepper and wood. The cigar has a fresh aftertaste. The wood slowly gets stronger. After a third it’s just wood, but a pleasant wood.

After a third it’s still wood. It strikes me that after 55 minutes I’m only at a third of the cigar. I also taste the mint on the background and a very nutty flavor with a little bit of salt, which I like a lot. Halfway the minty flavor gets a bit stronger and some pepper shows up too. On the background I taste wood. The nutty flavor comes back too. At the nub I get a nice burst of pepper over a nutty background.
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The draw is great, the ash is salt & pepper colored. The smoke is white and thick. The ash is flaky but quite firm. Burn is good, I had to touch up once. Halfway the ash breaks. The cigar is full flavored, medium to full bodied, not as strong as the name suggests. The cigar burns slow, the robusto size lasted me for two hours.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, this is a very interesting cigar.

Appearance: 9
Construction: 8
Draw: 9
Burn: 8
Smoke & ash: 9
Aroma first part: 8
Aroma second part: 9
Aroma third part: 8

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Patel Bros Toro

This Patel Bros blend is a cooperation between Rocky Patel and his brother Nish, a blend they worked on for years and it consists of aged Nicaraguan binder and filler with a broadleaf wrapper from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I got this cigar from a Rocky Patel representative after he read one of my reviews where I stated that I never had a Rocky Patel that I liked. He was on a mission to find me a Rocky Patel that would fit my palate and dropped a nice sampler on my desk. The first cigar from his sampler, the Rocky Patel Edge maduro double corona hit the bulls eye, I loved that cigar, and now I finally got to smoke the second cigar from his sampler, the 6½x52 Patel Bros toro from 2009.
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The cigar looks awesome, the broadleaf wrapper is deep dark, almost black, smooth and oily with hardly any veins. The band is stylish. The cigar has a barnyard smell with some horse scent too. The construction feels good, just as the predraw which is mild peppery.
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I taste a lot of pepper with some wood and chocolate. The strength of the pepper fades almost immediately until I taste a mild pepper, wood and chocolate. The pepper keeps fading and the chocolate grows stronger. After an inch I taste wood as main flavor with chocolate and herbs on the background. The chocolate keeps growing in strength and after a third the chocolate becomes the main flavor with some wood on the background.
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The wood changes into leather but the strong chocolate flavor keeps on being dominant, strong, full but smooth and mild sweet. I taste marzipan too, which is always a huge plus for a marzipan junkie like me. Near the end the chocolate and marzipan leave and all I taste is wood.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and five pleasant minutes. The draw is great, just like the burn. The smoke is plenty and thick. The ash is light colored with dark spots and firm. I got a nice flame when purging. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Rocky Patel 2009 spring collection robusto

I know that in recent reviews I said I hadn’t found a Rocky Patel I liked, since then I smoked the Rocky Patel Edge maduro double corona and the Patel Bros, two cigars I really liked, so I decided to give this Rocky Patel spring collection robusto from 2009, a 5×50 robusto made with a Nicaraguan filler, a Nicaragua grown Pennsylvania seed broadleaf binder and Sumatra wrapper topped with very flashy double bands.
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The Sumatra wrapper is quite dark but dull and smooth, I see a few small veins. The cigar has a strong straw smell. The construction feels good and I get a good predraw. I taste raisin and some pepper on my tongue.
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Peppery coffee, lots and lots of pepper, that’s what I taste the first half inch. Then the flavors turn into leather with some wood and later even some chocolate on the background.
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After an inch and a half I taste nuts. half an inch later I also taste herbs and pepper with the leather, wood, nuts and chocolate. After two thirds the flavors are mainly pepper and nuts with some chocolate. The flavors change to pepper and wood.
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The smoke time of this cigar is an hour and five minutes. The draw is hard but the burn is good. I get plenty of medium thick smoke. The white colored ash is firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might, if I can find them cheap

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Rocky Patel vintage 1992 A

Now if you browse through my reviews you might notice that I am not a big Rocky Patel fan. Most of the RP cigars I smoked I did not particularly like, and I regret that because I do have sympathy for the brand and I wish I loved their cigars.
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When I visited the US in may 2009, our first stop was Corona Cigar Company at Sand Lake in Orlando where we would herf with some botl’s we met on this site. Catfish bombed both me and SmokeyNL with a huge nuke including 4 coffins of Rocky Patel “A” cigars. Catfish told us that even the Rocky Patel rep was surprised to see those things show up, as even he couldn’t get them.
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I have a lot of contact with Catfish and he invited me to stay at his family home when I visit Florida again later this year. So I knew I would enjoy this cigar, if it was not for the taste of the cigar, I would at least enjoy it knowing that this cigar was gifted to me by a good friend who I would be smoking again in a short while.
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This 8½x50 cigar looks fantastic, don’t think I have ever seen a cigar that looked better than this one. The wrapper is smooth and oily with a fantastic dark color and it looks a bit leathery. I can hardly see any veins and the bands are simple but very tasteful. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I taste some raisin and chocolate. The cigar has a quite firm barnyard aroma.
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The first flavors I taste are a creamy coffee with some chocolate and wood. The strength is medium flavored. The chocolate gets stronger after two inch.
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Halfway the flavors change to dry wood and hay, the chocolate has disappeared completely. The flavors are mild creamy and stick to the palate. The chocolate makes a mild comeback at the ⅔ mark.
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The smoking time of this monster is two hours and twenty minutes. The smoke starts out thin with a poor amount, but it gets much better along the way. In the beginning I feel that the smoke in my mouth is quite cool, due to the length of the cigar. The draw is just fine. I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning, but it corrected itself. The ash is firm and has a pepper and salt color. I would say that this cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? These are very hard, almost impossible, to find, so I think I won’t get another chance to get one.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Rocky Patel vintage 1990 torpedo

I smoked two Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage’s before, a robusto in 2007 and a ‘A’ last week and both cigars didn’t agree with my palate. I still got myself a Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage torpedo as the importer stops importing them for The Netherlands and is having a blown out of the last remaining boxes at his Oliva Cigar Lounge/NPU cigarshop in Den Bosch. You can get a box of these 6¼x52 cellophane wrapped smokes for €80.00 while it lasts.
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The maduro broadleaf wrapper has a nice chocolate brown color and contains a lot of veins. The wrapper is also shiny and oily. I love the classy bands. The construction is great and I get a pretty good predraw that reminds me of a mild pepper. The cigar has a unique smell of dry autumn leaves.
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I taste a somewhat bitter earthy flavor with some wood. The bitterness disappears soon and the wood becomes the main flavor with some spices in the aftertaste. After an inch I also taste a hint of chocolate. Wood is still the main flavor with some scorched earth and chocolate on the background.
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Halfway the wood turns into a nut flavor. The sweet chocolate has disappeared, just like the other flavors. The nut flavor gains some strength and a herbal freshness joins in.
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The smoke time of this cigar is exactly two hours. The draw is good and I hardly had any burn issues. I got a lot of smoke that was medium thick. The ash is light colored and quite firm. The wrapper tore on some places while smoking. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.

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Would I buy this cigar again? No, most Rocky Patel’s just don’t do it for me and this is one of them.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Rocky Patel vintage 1990 A

Now if you browse through my reviews you might notice that I am not a big Rocky Patel fan. Most of the RP cigars I smoked I did not particularly like, and I regret that because I do have sympathy for the brand and I wish I loved their cigars.
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When I visited the US in may 2009, our first stop was Corona Cigar Company at Sand Lake in Orlando where we would herf with some botl’s we met on this site. Catfish bombed both me and SmokeyNL with a huge nuke including 4 coffins of Rocky Patel “A” cigars. Catfish told us that even the Rocky Patel rep was surprised to see those things show up, as even he couldn’t get them.
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I have a lot of contact with Catfish and he invited me to stay at his family home when I visit Florida again later this year. So I knew I would enjoy this cigar, if it was not for the taste of the cigar, I would at least enjoy it knowing that this cigar was gifted to me by a good friend who I would be smoking again in a short while.
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This “A” has a length of 8½ inch and a ring of 50. Now is 50 not thin, but due to the length of the cigar it looks thin and elegant. The wrapper is nice, oily and dark and looks a bit like leather. There are some veins but they are really thin. The bands are awesome. The cigar feels well constructed and that translates in a good predraw, that tastes like raisin. The cigar has a mild hay aroma.
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I taste a full coffee flavor with hay. After half an inch the coffee fades away a bit but the hay remains at the same strength. A bit later the coffee disappears completely and I get hay and earthy flavors from the cigar.
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Halfway I taste some cacao powder, but unfortunately that flavor doesn’t stick around. The cigar makes my mouth dry, especially in the back of the throat. There is absolutely no development in flavors, which is a big disappointment.
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This cigar lasted me for two hours and twenty minutes. I got a medium amount of smoke which is quite thin. The draw and burn are good. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. This cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, I just don’t like this blend.

Appearance: 9 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Rocky Patel OSG churchill

I found this cigar on the bottom of my cooler, don’t know where or how I got it. I asked a friend, who is a Rocky Patel representative, about this cigar but these cigars were discontinued before he started at Rocky Patel and didn’t have much information except that these were probably a limited item as they were forced out of production because the factory was being sold. The binder is most likely Nicaraguan with Nicaraguan and Dominican filler wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper. OSG stands for Original Sun Grown.
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The cigar came in cellophane that was starting to discolor, a sign of age, and as they have been discontinued somewhere between 2000 and 2002 this cigar was at least 8 years old at the time I smoked it. The wrapper is silky and has a few big veins. The cigar has a nice barnyard aroma, a fine construction and a great predraw. The size of this stogie is 6 1/2 inch with a 50 ring.
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I get a pretty full coffee with some hay. The coffee disappears and hay is all I can taste until a little chocolate shows up at the background after an inch. The hay is still pretty full and some herbs show up. The balance between the flavors is very nice.
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Halfway I can taste some chocolate again and at the 2/3rd mark I can also taste some cedar. At the end the chocolate has gone but I can taste some nuts instead. The flavors are dry but mild creamy.
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I get a reasonable amount of smoke with a great draw. The ash is salt & pepper gray and the burn was just a bit crooked but I didn’t have to correct it. I would rate this cigar medium bodied, full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish. They have been discontinued for 8 years, so it will be impossible to hunt some down. And worth that much effort? No. But still a good smoke.

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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