Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Sun Grown Broadleaf Maduro)
Binder: Nicaragua (x2)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full
Price: $8.80

Overall Rating: 9.0

The Rocky Patel Sun Grown has been a perennial great seller in the Rocky Patel line for some time now, so it came as no surprise when the company announced that it was finally releasing a follow up. What did come as a surprise is that it would be coming from Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory in Esteli. Excellently constructed with lots of cocoa and spice, the Sun Grown Maduro is a very good cigar that makes for an excellent everyday smoke.

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Pre-Light: The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Toro is a great looking cigar. A dark earthy Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper has a few prominent veins and is dry to the touch.   Triple capped and box pressed, the cigar is impressively constructed. A fancy red, white and gold band really stands out against the dark Broadleaf wrapper. Like the band of the Rocky Patel Super Ligero, this band gives off the impression that the cigar is something different than Rocky cigars of the recent past.

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The wrapper of the Sun Grown Maduro has a mix of strong barnyard and chocolate flavors. Powdered cocoa, milk chocolate, nutmeg and spice notes can be detected from the cigar’s foot. An easy cold draw allows though a great blend of cocoa, spice and mint flavors.

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Burn: An easy draw allows through a good deal of smoke. Although a little wavy, the burn on the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro is even from start to finish. The ash clings very firmly to the end of the cigar for quite some time.

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Flavor: The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro begins creamy chocolate and strong spice. Soon a blend of chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and herbal/baking spices take over the first third of the Sun Grown Maduro. On the retrohale there is a mix of pepper and spices. The spice begins to mellow significantly at the end of the first third of the cigar. At the halfway point there is something that reminds me of caramel covered apples, and it brings to mind images of fall/winer festivals in New England. The second third of the of the Sun Grown Maduro sees a milk chocolate come to the forefront, that borders of hot cocoa. Spice, mild pepper and caramel round our the flavors during the second third of the cigar. During the transition to the final third, the flavor profile is wonderfully smooth and creamy. The last third of the Sun Grown Maduro ends with chocolate, caramel, spice, mint and mild pepper notes.

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Overall: Wow! This is a cigar that will please the average smoker and the cigar nerds alike. The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro has all the cocoa from the Broadleaf wrapper and the pepper and spice from the Nicaraguan filler that many have come to love nowadays. The cigars coming from Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory are all pretty impressive, and are sending the company in a great new direction. While it’s not a cigar for the beginner, it is not so strong to turn away most cigar enthusiasts. Having tried every size of the Sun Grown Maduro, the Toro and Torpedo are definitely the vitolas that allow the blend to shine. Personally, I was very impressed with the Sun Grown Maduro. This is an excellent cigar. Something about the Sun Grown Maduro remind me of winter, so I’ll be buying a box or two to enjoy throughout the winter months.

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Pairing: The Sun Grown Maduro pairs well with a good Highland single malt. The Dalmore 12, Glenfarclas 25, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength will all pair nicely with the Rocky Sun Grown Maduro. The bourbon drinker will find the Hudson Small Batch and Angel’s Envy will both compliment this cigar nicely. Certain red wines are also good choices for pairing.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, who is a Brand Sponsor of ToastedFoot.com. While the generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not effect the way that this cigar is reviewed. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.