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Cigar of the month September

It’s the end of the month, so it’s time to publish my list. What’s the best cigar I rated this month and what’s the worst?

The cigar with the highest rate in September  is:

My Father Commemorate 911 Rosado Habano

Now as for the complete list of cigars I published:

1) My Father Commemorate 911 Robusto (Nicaragua) 94 points
2) Alec Bradley Fine & Rare Torpedo (Honduras) 93 points
3) La Flor Dominicana Airbender Lancero (Dominican Republic) 92 points
4) Rocky Patel Royale Robusto (Nicaragua) 92 points
5) Undercrown Shade Flying Pig (Nicaragua) 91 points
6) Cornelius & Anthony Venganza Robusto (Nicaragua) 91 points
7) Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF (Dominican Republic) 90 points
8) H. Upmann Mag 46 (Cuba) 89 points
9) Bunch Toro (Nicaragua) 88 points
10) Vega Fina Summum 2013 Toro (Dominican Republic) 87 points
11) Bunch Robusto (Nicaragua) 84 points
12) Amero Short Robusto (Dominican Republic) 82 points
13) Bunch Short Robusto (Nicaragua) 82 points



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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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Rocky Patel Royale Toro

This Rocky Patel Royale Toro was number 5 in the Cigar Aficionado top 25 of 2014 so I had to try it. The cigar is made in Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory, in the city of Esteli. The cigar is made of Nicaraguan tobacco with a double binder, a Connecticut shade and a broadleaf wrapper, to make the cigar flavorful but smooth and it has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The cigar is dark and the wrapper looks a little rough. The cap is poorly constructed. The construction feels good though and the cigar has a strong leather and stable aroma. The cold draw is fine and I taste raisin.
I taste some toasted bread, but toasted a little too long. That burned flavor quickly disappears and I’m stuck with a strange vegetable flavor and a little bit of pepper until there is some toast again, but now not over burned. The flavors are dry and slowly I taste some citrus and wood. The citrus disappears again; I taste a nice wood flavor with some toast.
After a third I also taste some spices like nutmeg with the wood. Very pleasant, not to full or strong but pleasant. The citrus comes and goes, sometimes with a little bit of chili pepper. The last third has more of a pepper in the aftertaste, I taste more leather, its stronger and more dominant. Slowly I get some chili pepper but without becoming too peppery.
The smoke is decent in thickness and the ash is quite dark with beautiful rings, but also flaky and not very firm in the beginning, later on the color of the ash turns lighter. The smoke also gets thicker along the way. The burn is quite even although I had to correct it once after an inch. The smoke time is about 2 hours.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this is a perfect cigar for after breakfast on a sunny day, sitting in the garden enjoying a day off.

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

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