Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Nording

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Size: 5×54, Short Torpedo

Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro

Binder: Mexican

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Full

Grade: 8.7

Price: Box of 25, $119.99

This particular brand was created by Rocky Patel for pipe maker Erik Nording. Nording produces over 50,000 pipes per year, 90% of which are exported to other countries. You can learn more about Eric and Nording Pipes here.

The Nording is made at Rocky’s Honduran factory and received a panel average of 9.5 from Smoke Magazine. I am not sure if this is a new blend or just a band re-design, but the original Nording was a simple off-white band with “Nording” written in gold. The version we are reviewing today bears a double band with more flash.

Matthew picked up this smoke for me on one of his trips to his favorite B&M in Jackson, Mississippi. I’ve been eyeing it for sometime but always pulled out something a bit larger. Well, late one night this week I decided it was time and the foot was toasted!

RP Nording_web1Pre-light, 1.7:
The Short Torpedo is a unique size and, coupled with the attractive double bands, this smoke looks very tough and stout, in a good way. The medium brown maduro wrapper is in good shape with a few bumps and ridges. The Nording was tightly packed but light to the touch. The cap construction is ok to the eye but when clipped, it came off in one piece and I was able to really see how well constructed it was. The pre-light aroma was earthy, nutty, and spicy at the foot. The cold draw hit me with a blast of spice on the back of the throat and in the nose; I was surprised by this and it was enough to make my eyes water.

Burn, 1.6:
After setting fire to the torpedo, I noticed right off the draw was loose for what appeared to be a tightly packed smoke. The burn was jagged throughout the smoke but the ash held well. The ash was varied in color from solid white to black in places. This small smoke produced tons of smoke that was very thick and aromatic. The draw remained loose throughout the smoke but the temperature and smoke time were good, so it was not that big of a deal.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the Nording was very creamy and green and had a nutty flavor profile with a hint of pepper at the end. The first third produced more nutty flavors but they seemed to be roasted as opposed to green; I also picked up a hint of coffee and the finish was long with pepper. The second third continued in the same fashion as above but the coffee flavor became lighter, still present, but not as heavy. The last third produced more spice, the creaminess decreased, and the coffee notes remained with hints of nuts thrown in.

Overall, 2.7:
The flavor profile on this smoke was very good for a five-dollar stick. The only real issue was the jagged burn, but it was only aesthetic and did not seem to affect the flavor profile. Though this cigar does not rate a 9.0 or better, it is still a good smoke at the price point Rocky has it at. If you see them around, pick a couple up; I myself would like to try the Robusto size and will be on the lookout.

(Total: 8.7)