Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary

Size: 6×46 Corona Gorda

Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium/Full

Price: $10-11

Grade: 9.1

The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary was created as a celebration of Rocky’s fifteenth year in the cigar business. The Nicaraguan puro is rolled in the entubar method whereby the filler is rolled into tubes and then two binders are applied, as opposed to one, and the finished product is crowned with a Cuban style triple cap. The new release is constructed in the Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, which is owned by Rocky and Amilcar Perez. The blend comes in four sizes, all of them packed in boxes of 20. The Robusto measures 5×50, the Toro is 6.5×52, the Torpedo is 6 1/8x 52, and the Corona Gorda comes in at 6x 46.

We were sent this sample before the official release, thus the pictures without the band. Be sure to follow Rocky Patel on Twitter, or visit them online.

Pre-light, 1.9:
The dark wrapper on the Rocky Patel is smooth to the touch with very few visible veins or seams at all. The trunk press is really nice and the triple cap at the head is constructed flawlessly. I pick up barnyard notes along the wrapper, but spice is present at the foot on the pre-light ritual. The cold draw produces a solid tobacco base with spice present on the finish. I am really impressed with the construction of this cigar and can’t wait to light it up.

Burn, 1.7:
The cigar is cut, toasted, and lit and the draw is solid. The Corona Gorda produces a ton of smoke, but the temperature is a bit warm at times. The ash is solid white but it does not hold as well as I anticipated. The smoke burns true and requires no touch ups or re-lights at all.

Flavor, 2.7:
The first puff on the 15th Anniversary produces notes of lively tobacco with a spicy finish. The first third continues this trend with spice leaning towards a pepper profile. I do pick up a hint of sweetness at times but it is fleeting. Into the second third, the spice decreases and the base of the profile is of lively tobacco with a hint of mild earthiness. The finish is still long and pronounced and I look forward to every exhale. The last third of this smoke presents another decrease in spice on the inhale, with lively tobacco and a touch of sweetness being the dominant notes. The finish is still spicy and you really get a tingle on the exhale.

Overall, 2.8:
I will just say up front this is unlike any other Rocky I have ever had. It was well balanced but packed a punch that you typically do not find in his smokes. If you have a chance, I encourage you to pick a couple or three of these and try them out. I am a fan of certain Rocky blends and now I will add another to that list. The price is a bit higher than his regular lines, but is in line with the Decade released on his 10th Anniversary.

(Total: 9.1)