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Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto

Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto. And as the name suggests, it celebrates the 25th anniversary of Rocky Patel as a cigar manufacturer. In 1995, the 35-year-old entertainment lawyer set his first steps in the industry with Indian Tobac. Nobody would have imagined that twenty-five years later, the Rocky Patel brand would be so strong and one of the best-selling cigar brands in the world. The Indian-born Patel had no background in tobacco, and people were expecting him to fail.

But now, 25 years later, he’s a rockstar in the industry. And to celebrate Patel created the Quarter Century. With Nicaraguan filler that has been aging for a decade. A Honduran binder to bind it all together. And then a dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. After rolling, the cigars age at the factory in Nicaragua for an additional two years before being released on the market.

The dark wrapper looks a bit dry. But the color is great and there aren’t any ugly veins. The two rings match, red with light yellow lettering. The construction feels good. The head is a beautiful round shape with a perfect triple cap. The aroma is amazing, deep, strong, like standing in a barnyard early in the morning before the world comes back alive.


The cold draw is perfect. Dry in flavor, a bit earthy with hay. The first puff is coffee, dark roast. The cigar holds the coffee flavor but adds soil, leather, spices, and pepper. There is also a hint of extra dark chocolate. At the end of the first third, there’s also wood with some sort of nuttiness. The smoke is tickling the back of the throat. The rough edge is gone in the second third. There is a bit more red pepper. The cigar is more earthy now, but the coffee is still lingering in the background. The Maduro wrapper is also releasing its sweetness. The earthiness grows, with sweetness and spice on the tip of the tongue. The earthiness is the main flavor but in the end, a very strong pepper overpowers it.

The draw is great. The ash is light gray and reasonably firm. The burn is great. The smoke is good, thick enough, and enough volume. It is a full-body cigar, full of dark flavors as well. The smoke time is two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? A fiver every now and then.

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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

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Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be competitive, it’s a cool event. Last year, we entered the qualifier in Kuala Lumpur and had a great time. It’s fun, it’s all about camaraderie, friendship and having a good time with like-minded people.

Since this year, Rocky Patel is the cigar provider for the CSMW. With a blend created especially for the event. Rocky Patel, Marko Bilic, and the Rocky Patel team use a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The binder comes from Nicaragua. The filler tobaccos are from Honduras and Nicaragua. The official event cigar is a 5¼x42 Mareva, but the cigars are also available in Robusto and Toro. Rocky Patel’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, is responsible for manufacturing. The factory name is Tavicusa, Tabacalera Villa de Cuba SA.

The wrapper is a bit rough, with some veins. It looks a bit dry. But the dark color is a perfect contrast for the metallic copper-colored ring with the white letters. The cloth foot ring is orange in color. The cigar feels well constructed. The ring is actually glued to the cigar, so competitors can’t cheat the competition rules. The aroma isn’t very strong. It’s earthy and vegetal.

The cold draw is good. Slightly sweet raw tobacco on the palate. Once lit, dark chocolate is the first thing to hit the palate. Creamy dark chocolate. Slowly some leather, earthiness, and black pepper show up as well. In the second third, the cigar gets more complex. There are more flavors. Still that dark chocolate, but now with green herbs, a little more pepper, leather, and some wood. Slowly the cigar gets more wood and sweetness. But that dark chocolate remains the main flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy. In the final third, the flavors are quite similar, just more intense.

The draw is great. The ash is light-colored and firm. Which is good, as there is a penalty for breaking the ash in the first half-hour of the competition. The burn is good, although I had to relight once. The smoke is fine. Enough in volume, decent in thickness. Nothing out of the ordinary though. The cigar has a nice complexity, without being overly aggressive. With its medium strength in both body and flavor, this is a cigar that everybody can stomach. The evolution and built-up are great. The smoke time is one hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I want a box

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Rocky Patel Tavicusa Robusto

I visited Nicaragua twice, two years in a row. Once with a friend, just visiting cigar factories to see how the process takes place and to learn about tobacco growing, drying, fermenting and rolling cigars. In a week time, we learned a lot, yet we only scratched the surface. And we only got to see a few factories, Oliva, Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua and My Father Cigars.

A year later, I went with a journalist, photographer and cigar distributor to write a book. And we visited the mentioned factories plus La Zona, Padron, A.J. Fernandez and Rocky Patel’s Tabacalera Villa Cuba SA aka Tavicusa. And that’s where this cigar is blended, rolled and named after to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the small factory in Esteli.

The moment I saw the cigar, I knew it was a Rocky Patel. The label and typography gave that away immediately. The white with blue and gold ring has the TAVICUSA name in Roman style letters, the secondary ring is blue with white and gold and has the RP logo. The wrapper is dark, with a few veins, leathery. The triple cap looks great and the cigar feels well packed. The aroma is strong, barnyard, stable, that kind of work.

I used a butterfly cutter to cut the cigar.

The cold draw has a strong milk chocolate flavor with raisin and dry tobacco. After lighting, I taste that chocolate with some earthy flavors. I taste a mild peanut flavor too with some pepper. It’s actually more peanut butter than peanut, sticky and creamy. Then the cigar turns to a mildly sweet, more vegetal flavor profile with a bit of leather. After an inch, I taste dry leather, some nutmeg, and a metallic sweetness with some mild pepper. The sweetness gains some strength, just as the pepper, and that peanut butter returns for a short few puffs. After a third, I taste some nuttiness too. Halfway its pepper and sweetness, with some mild nuts and leather. Some herbal flavors show up too. I also taste some oak. The pepper is strong in the final third, very strong, with a little sweetness to go with it and some wood.

The ash is white, relatively firm. The smoke is decent, could be a bit thicker though. The burn is great and the draw is flawless. This cigar, with a smoke time of two hours and thirty minutes, is full bodied and full flavored

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will

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