Tavicusa

Rocky Patel, Esteli, Nicaragua

Rocky Patel ALR robusto

Back in 2015, I visited Rocky Patel’s Tavicusa factory in Esteli, Nicaragua while visiting the country for the Cigaragua book. And there I and my partners got to smoke a few test blends. And one of those test blends could well have been this Aged, Limited & Rare since the cigars were produced later that year and then stored for three years.

The cigar, made with Nicaraguan filler and binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, was aged for three more years after rolling. And only 90% of the production of 100.000 cigars will come to market, as Rocky decided to keep 10% as a personal stock. So only 1500 boxes of 20 are available in three sizes.

The rings of the cigar look a lot like they are part of the vintage series, a simple top ring with the Rocky Patel logo on shiny white paper and a secondary right with the name of the blend in the same style and the same paper, just like the vintage lines. The wrapper is dark, oily and leathery. The triple cap looks great, the cigar has the right amount of bounce when I massage it. The cigar has a complex, deep aroma of earthy and vegetal origin.

The cold draw is flawless with a dry tobacco flavor. After lighting, I taste a spicy coffee and leather. After a few puffs, I also taste some hay, sweetness, and tobacco. Slowly the cigar changes to pepper, leather, wood, and nutmeg. After an inch, I taste hazelnut and walnut with pepper and hay. Halfway I taste a spicy mixture of hay, green herbs, pepper, and leather. Then mild bitter chocolate shows up on the background as well, and the peppers gain some strength. In the final third, I taste pepper, some wood, and the flavors are a bit creamy. A few puffs later I taste wood, cedar, and oak, again with pepper and a bit of hay. Near the end, I taste some carrot too, with hay and pepper. A strong pepper, Nicaraguan all the way.

The draw is fantastic. The smoke is good and the ash is pepper and salt colored, reasonably firm. The burn is good and slow. The cigar is full flavored, full-bodied. The flavors aren’t subtle, but well balanced and married well after being aged for several years. The smoke time is two hours and twenty minutes.

Would I smoke this cigar again? Without a doubt.

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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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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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