Posts Tagged With: ALR

Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition

Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition. Back in 2012, Rocky Patel was working on a blend at his Nicaraguan factory. And that blend had an amazing promise. So Patel made the cigars but decided to let them age at the factory for several years before releasing them in 2015. The extra aging gave the cigars more depth and complexity. The ALR (Aged, Limited & Rare) was sold out in a heartbeat and was highly praised. So in 2016, Patel made a new blend following the same concept. The Rocky Patel ALR Second edition came out in 2019.

The cigars are only available in a 6½x52 Toro and by the time you are reading this review you are lucky if you can find the cigars. They have been sold out on a wholesale level for 9 months by now. But I snagged some at Cigaragua Amsterdam last March. The cigar comes from Patel’s Nicaraguan factory, Tavicusa. The wrapper is Mexican San Andres. The filler and binder are Nicaraguan.

The looks of the cigar are amazing. A pinkish copper, a metallic-looking ring with curly ALR logo, and then the rest of the cigar covered in white paper with the blend and the concept of the cigar. Just for the looks, this would be a cigar that we would buy at a cigar shop. Once the bottom ring, which covers more than 50% of the cigar, is gone you can see the Mexican San Andres wrapper. It looks good for a Maduro wrapper and feels like velvet. The triple cap is perfect and there are no soft spots of plugs noticeable. The cigar has a medium-strong aroma of cocoa beans.

The cold draw is fine and leaves a dry, raw tobacco flavor in the mouth. The first puffs give soil, leather, coffee, and dark chocolate with pepper. Chocolate is getting stronger, with some sweetness. Deep and complex flavors. That’s what Rocky Patel tried to achieve by aging the cigars, and it works out, at least in the first third of the cigar. The second third starts with some added sweetness over the dark chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee. The sweetness gets stronger, and there is a bit of wood as well. The retro has some herbal spice. Coffee and dark chocolate remain the main flavors. The bitterness of the flavors is pure bliss, and it’s countered by some citrus. Flavors are full, and there’s a little saltiness as well.

The draw is great. The ash is light gray and like a stack of dimes. The white smoke is medium in thickness and plentiful in volume. This cigar packs a lot of complex flavors. The burn is good, it was a little uneven in the beginning but corrected itself along the way. This cigar is full in body and flavor. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s sold out everywhere

Categories: 93, Nicaraguan cigars, Rocky Patel, Tavicusa | Tags: , , , ,

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.

number91

Categories: 91, Nicaraguan cigars, Rocky Patel, Tavicusa | Tags: , , , ,

Blog at WordPress.com.