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Rocky Patel Summer 2008 Lancero

About a decade ago Rocky Patel decided to launch a limited release every season of the year, and the Summer 2008 series came with a lancero, that’s the only lancero made for the seasonal collections, which were discontinued in 2009, except for a one time return in 2012. I must have gotten this cigar in a trade or a bomb of some kind, but I couldn’t tell you with or from whom if my life depended on it.

The Summer 2008 collection was rolled at the old factory of A.J. Fernandez as Rocky didn’t have a Nicaraguan operation back then, and A.J. didn’t have the huge factory that he runs nowadays. The other offerings, next to this 7×38 lancero, were a robusto, toro and toro grande.. The cigar is made with Nicaraguan filler, a binder from Cameroon and a Sumatra wrapper grown in Ecuador.

A nice, latte colored, toothy wrapper with a sandpaper touch and an unique ring make this cigar stand out. The ring looks like a piece of diamond plate with a golden strip with red outlines and a red round RP logo. The secondary ring is golden with black lettering and a red outline. The construction feels good, no soft spots and the pig tail is a nice detail. I smell a mild yet dark barnyard aroma, almost like a freshly ploughed piece of farmland with natural fertilizer.

After I cut the cigar I taste pepper and some blackberry with the perfect cold draw. After lighting I taste the blackberry with cedar. There is also some sweetness and the mix is perfect. On the background I taste some pepper. Halfway the cigar gets spicier and stronger.

The draw is flawless. The smoke is thick, full and good in volume. The light gray ash with dark smears. It’s reasonably firm. The burn is good, pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium full flavored. The evolution isn’t spectacular but the flavor is very nice. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wish

Score: 92

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Rocky Patel summer 2008 toro grande

Sorry, no pictures, I lost them during a hard disk crash before I could upload them.

This 6 x 58 Rocky Patel from the Summer 2008 collection was given to me by Hardcz, way before he got banned from the board. The Ecuadorian Grown Wrapper from Sumatra Seed is very oily with a few long thin veins and the construction feels quite hard. The ‘bling bling’ cigar band is pretty and stands out from other cigar bands. The cigar has a strong barnyard aroma. I punched the cigar and got a fine predraw with a black pepper flavor.

I can taste a mild coffee flavor without any supporting flavors. The strength of the flavor mellows down after half an inch and a few puffs later I can taste some chocolate as aftertaste. Both flavors are quite mild. After the mid section of the cigar I can taste a mild pepper for just a moment, and the flavors become a bit creamy. The flavors also grow a bit in strength. I get a freshness with a mild herbal feeling to it combined with a mild creamy chocolate. After 2/3rd the chocolate gains a bit more power, but it never becomes full flavored.

This cigar produces a lot of smoke. The draw is on the light side but acceptable and the ash is close to white and firm. I needed to correct the burn a few times. The cigar is mild to medium flavored and medium bodied.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar is another Rocky Patel that doesn’t fit my palate

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

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