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Rocky Patel Super Ligero Lancero

A few years ago I ran into Rocky Patel at the Intertabac trade show and at the time Rocky didn’t have distribution in The Netherlands so over dinner with Rocky (and Abe Flores from PDR and Courtney Smith from La Paling whom we already distributed) I convinced Rocky to go with us instead of with the other distributer that showed interest. Soon after we introduced Rocky Patel Premium Cigars on the international market and we hit the market hard, with a lot of events with Rocky’s European marketing guy Kolja Kukuk and me. Kolja always brought other Rocky Patel cigars for us to smoke on each of his trips to The Netherlands so I smoked a lot of Rocky Patel cigars that weren’t and still aren’t available in The Netherlands.

 


One day he brought the Super Ligero, a cigar that made me frown my eyebrows for two reasons, first of all because with that name I expected it to be blended for strength and not for taste and second of all because I automatically thought “that is a twist to the double ligero name La Flor Dominicana uses”. Now the latter was quickly covered as false, the strain of ligero used in this cigar is simply called ‘super ligero’ so the cigar is named after the type of tobacco and the first was countered after I smoked the cigar, it was full bodied but not too strong and it became the Rocky Patel cigar I loved most. On the next trip Kolja surprised me with a handful of Rocky Patel Super Ligero lanceros, a 7 1/2×38 version of this Honduran made cigar with a blend consisting of a Honduras habano wrapper and binder and a filler of Nicaraguan and Costa Rican super ligero. I’m down to my last few so I need to write a review before they are all gone.

 


The cigar has a nice, quite dark, wrapper with a little shine to it and only a few minor thin veins running over it. The head of the cigar is topped with a single cap. The band is modern shaped with the round RP logo on the back and the words Super Ligero written in the length of the cigar, the ‘super’ is written in a very Miami Vice color green, Ligero is written in bigger letters in white on the black band. Next to that you’ll find a red banner with the name of the factory “El Paraiso Honduras”. The band is beautiful, modern and stands out in a humidor. The construction feels good but since Rocky Patel has every cigar tested before they leave the factory I expect nothing less than perfection from the brand. The aroma isn’t too strong and has hints of a stable with a cow urine drained hay. I use a flat cut to cut the cigar and the cold draw is nice and taste peppery with a raisin like sweetness. I light the cigar with my Ronson varaflame.

 


First I taste a medium strong coffee flavor with some pepper in the front of my mouth. The flavors soon changes to lime with some spicy flavor I can’t describe. Slowly the lime fades away and the spice changes to spicy green herbs. After a third it’s an earthy flavor with some pepper. Slowly I also taste some cedar too, with some nutmeg a little before I’m halfway. Right after midway the lime returns and makes a nice combo with the earth, cedar and pepper. The nutmeg disappeared. Somewhat later i taste some walnut too that slowly gets stronger. At the two thirds mark the nut flavor is less strong and then main flavor is pepper again with lime. Near the end the pepper gets really strong.

 


The smoke is medium thick and a medium amount but it gets thicker and more once I passed the halfway point. The ash is pepper and salt colored and quite firm. The draw is a little bit to tight for my liking but not too much to complain. The burn is straight but I had to relight once. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored. The cigar is dynamic, that’s why I love the thinner ring gauge cigars so much. The smoke time is little over two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? Unfortunately they aren’t for sale in The Netherlands or surrounding countries so when I travel to the USA again I’ll treat myself to a box.

Score: 92

92

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Rocky Patel Super Ligero Robusto

I’m a very lucky guy. Started to smoke cigars about 10 years ago, started my blog two years later and about three and a half years ago I landed a job in the industry I fell in love with. My employer is not just my boss but also a friend, I met a lot of genuine nice people in the cigar industry, got to travel to Nicaragua twice and I get to smoke test blends, pre releases and cigars that aren’t available on the European market. This is one of those cigars that isn’t available in europe yet, except for Sweden and the Czech Republic. a Rocky Patel with a new strain of tobacco by Plasencia named Super Ligero, which is also the name of the cigar.
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A dark cigar, few thin veins and a big band with the name of the cigar, the factory (El Paraiso – Honduras) and the Rocky Patel logo. The cigar feels well constructed. The cigar has a real strong barnyard and manure aroma, as weird as it sounds it makes me want to light the cigar as soon as possible. The predraw is fine, I taste red pepper and raisins.
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Coffee and pepper, that’s what I get with the first puffs. Soon after its wood and coffee, with a minty flavor on the background. After a centimeter I taste mint with some pepper and wood. The cigar has a fresh aftertaste. The wood slowly gets stronger. After a third it’s just wood, but a pleasant wood.

After a third it’s still wood. It strikes me that after 55 minutes I’m only at a third of the cigar. I also taste the mint on the background and a very nutty flavor with a little bit of salt, which I like a lot. Halfway the minty flavor gets a bit stronger and some pepper shows up too. On the background I taste wood. The nutty flavor comes back too. At the nub I get a nice burst of pepper over a nutty background.
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The draw is great, the ash is salt & pepper colored. The smoke is white and thick. The ash is flaky but quite firm. Burn is good, I had to touch up once. Halfway the ash breaks. The cigar is full flavored, medium to full bodied, not as strong as the name suggests. The cigar burns slow, the robusto size lasted me for two hours.
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Would I buy this again? Yes, this is a very interesting cigar.

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

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