Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Super Ligero

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Super Ligero

Rocky Patel Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua & Costa Rica
Size: 6 1/2” x 52
Strength: full to very full
Price: $7.00

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Overall Rating: 8.8

Rocky Patel has been a fixture in the cigar industry for twenty years now, and has become (as I like to refer to him) the Donald Trump of cigars, because everyone knows his name and has a “when I met Rocky” story. Like Trump verbally beating down people on the debate stage, the Rocky Patel Super Ligero packs on heck of a punch. There’s a lot of strength the Super Ligero, but it doesn’t mean flavor has been sacrificed. While not for the novice cigar smoker, the Super Ligero is sure to become a fixture in the humidors of those who love strong cigars.

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Pre-Light: A dark oily coffee bean colored wrapper makes the black, white, teal and red colored band really stand out. The band itself is beautiful and manages to look modern and Southwestern at the same time. The cigar is fairy smooth and firm to the touch, and has many small veins and dark speckling to the St. Augustín wrapper. In white against a black background the word “Ligero” is the first thing the eye is draws to on the cigar, and hints at the strength of this cigar. This may be the best looking cigar (from packaging to product) Rocky has released yet.

The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Super Ligero has a scent of wood and mild spice. A sweet wood and chocolate aroma comes from the unlit foot of the cigar. An easy cold draw allows sweet wood and cinnamon flavors to come through.

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Burn: The Super Ligero has a great draw that lets through a good amount of flavorful smoke. The burn begins kind of uneven at the first and (on two out of the four for this review) needs a bit of correcting, but by the halfway point the burn evens out and burn very even through to the end. The ash is a bit flaky. The Rocky Super Ligero is a slow burning cigar.

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Flavor: The Super Ligero starts out very smooth. It begins with oak and cinnamon flavors with a hint of fresh cut grass in the background. A bit of herbs and cedar occur on the retrohale. From time to time there is a hint of coffee bean, but it never sticks around very long. The second third of the cigar sees an herbal spice really begins to pick up while a sweet oak, cinnamon and leather are all present. On the retrohale a mild white pepper begins to occur. At the transition to the final third, the flavor remains pretty consistent with just a coffee bean and creamy cappuccino joining the existing flavors. Some white pepper begins to occur in the final two inches of the cigar, and it mingles well with the cinnamon and cedar flavors.

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Overall: I wasn’t expecting much other than strength going into smoking the Rocky Patel Super Ligero, but was instead surprised by the flavor that this powerful cigar contained. The flavor profile is smooth and balanced, allowing the strength to quickly creep up on you. The nicotine content of this cigar makes it one not suited for the novice smoker. That said, ligero fanatics and lovers of strong cigar are going to find the Super Ligero to be right up their ally. Personally, while not an everyday cigar, I find myself going back to the Super Ligero fairly regularly on late nights when I want something with a bit of strength. This is one of my favorite Rocky cigars, to date. Having smoked it in several sizes, I find the Super Toro and lancero vitolas make for the most enjoyable experience. If you enjoy strong cigars, and it’s been a while since you last tried a Rocky Patel cigar, I’d definitely recommend giving the Super Ligero a try.

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Pairing: A strong Cabernet, Meritage or Bordeaux make for the best pairing with the Rocky Patel Super Ligero. I personally like a glass of Lancaster, Educated Guess or Duckhorn Paraduxx with the Super Ligero toro or lancero. The scotch drinker will find the Balvenie 21 PortWood or Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength single malts will pair nicely with this cigar.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)