Recently I stated in my review of the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra that I hadn’t found a Rocky Patel that I liked and Jaime (RPguy), replied that “we will have to find you a Rocky Patel that you will enjoy” in the topic on cigar asylum. That got me worried and a few days later the mailman brings be a package all the way from Florida with 5 different Rocky Patel cigars. This is the first of the five reviews and guess what? Cigar number one is a winner.
This cigar is a looker too, with just a small band at the foot to recognize the blend, but no big band where you would expect it. This cigar has to sell itself and it does quite well with the very dark, smooth and oily wrapper. The wrapper has a silky feel to it and feels well constructed. The cigar has a distinct aroma that reminded me of the horse stables where my sister was riding horses when she was a kid. The predraw gave me the right resistance and left a peppery chocolate with raisin flavor on my palate.
I get a sense of coffee, mild bitter and a light chocolate flavor on the background. The flavors are quite full. The chocolate flavor slowly grows in strength but the coffee is still the dominant flavor. The coffee loses some of its strength after an inch, the bitterness disappeared and the chocolate becomes a bit sweet. Half an inch later I taste a pleasant flavor which I cannot describe as I didn’t recognize it.
A bit later I get some of the coffee and chocolate again and halfway some wood and hay accompany the coffee and chocolate. The last flavors disappear and a hard to describe dry hay flavors replaces them. As this flavor fades away I get some of the mild bitter coffee again, just like at the beginning which is replaced by cedar towards the end of the cigar.
The draw is a bit on the light side but not too much to bother me. I get a lot of smoke, which is quite thin. The smoke is a bit gray but turns white the further the cigar progresses. I get enough smoke to blow smoke rings, which I like. The ash is a bit dark but firm, it grew to 4 inch before it decided that my shirt was a nice spot to drop on. The burn is phenomenal, razor sharp and the cigar doesn’t die easy. I would rate this cigar medium/full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I put it on my “have to get a box of these” list.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 9 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10