Cigar Review: Rocky Patel American Market Selection

Size: 6.5×44, Lonsdale

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran

Strength: Mild/Medium

Price: Box of 20, $91.99

Grade: 8.5

The Rocky Patel American Market Selection is made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop. American Market Selection refers to the shade of the wrapper, which were apparently popular in the early 20th Century. Billed as medium bodied, I’d say it’s more Mild, and not nearly as complex as advertised, which was surprising with Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

The AMS is available in eight sizes and sold in boxes of 20: 7×49 (Churchill), 6.5×44 (Lonsdale), 5.5×50 (Robusto), 4.5×44 (Petit Corona), 7.5×52 (Doble Corona), 6×60 (Sixty), 6×52 (Toro), and 6×52 (Torpedo). The prices by box range from $91.99 to $111.99, and there is also a Test Flight, which is what I sampled; it includes 2 each of six of the eight sizes, and is priced at $58.99.

We were sent these samples as a Test Flight for review by Gary Korb at Famous Smoke Shop, and we’d like to thank him – be sure to follow Gary on Twitter, or visit him at Cigar Advisor. Now, on to the revie

Pre-light, 1.6:
A dark almond colored wrapper is full of veins, stretched along the seams, and spongy near the band, though the American Market is topped with an even and clean double cap and has a well packed foot. The aroma is of sweet hay and the profile becomes sweeter toward the foot with a green crispness. On the cold draw, it is airy and loose, which matches the sponginess in areas, and there is a gentle herbal flavor.

Burn, 1.7:
With an airiness noted on the cold draw, I am not surprised by the loose draw and quick burn on the Lonsdale. The ash is also loose and flaky along the edges, but the ash is even colored and the burn line is razor sharp throughout the smoke. The temperature of the cigar remains cool until the final third, when it turns hot and harsh. Overall, this is a clean burn that requires no attention.

Flavor, 2.6:
This was a classic Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper flavor profile – gentle, one-dimensional, and creamy. The creaminess is only mild and fades as the smoke progresses, while a herbal tone and barnyard notes of hay dominate the profile. There are no transitions to speak of in this smoke, but it is very consistent throughout and never turns harsh or sour – and the profile is pleasing for the mild loving palate.

Overall, 2.6:
More than anything, I like the price and the consistency of this smoke. At just over $4.50 a stick, I would definitely keep some of these around, but I would turn to a few other places first before snagging a box. Though the burn was fast on each of my samples, the flavor profile was exactly what you would expect, and I was ok with no surprises. In my opinion, this is a quality low to mid range priced product from Famous Smoke Shop and Rocky Patel.

(Total: 8.5)