Cigar Review: Tabaquero by Hamlet (Rocky Patel Premium Cigars)

Cigar Review: Tabaquero by Hamlet (Rocky Patel Premium Cigars)

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Brazil & Mexico
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium-full
Price: $8.50

Overall Rating: 9.1

Few people in the United States know who Hamlet Padres is, and even I have to confess that when I first herd the cigar it took a good deal of thinking to some up with where I knew the name from. Padres is a well know Cuban cigar roller, who moved from Cuba to the U.S. last year, with help form Rocky Patel. Now, under the Rocky Patel, Hamlet has produced his own brand that was showcased at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. The Tabaquero by Hamlet is a medium-full bodied cigar out of Rocky’s Nicaragua factory. The Hamlet is an impressive initial offering, and a great addition to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars portfolio.

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Pre-Light: The dark Mexican San Andres wrapper has a very earthy soil like color to it. As expected from a San Andres wrapper, there are some prominent medium sized veins, but unlike many San Andres cigars there is very little bumpiness to it. The cigar’s green white and red band features a prominent “H” on it for “Hamlet”, while a secondary band has the cigar’s name. Although it has been done before (like with the original Nording), the Rocky Patel name or logo to not appear on the actual cigar.

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The wrapper has an earth cocoa scent to it. Sweet cocoa, coffee and spice aromas come from the unlit foot of the Tabaquero. A slightly firm pre-light draw allows through creamy notes of chocolate and caramel.

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Burn: The Tabaquero by Hamlet is an even burning cigar. The draw is very good, and lets through a fair amount of smoke.

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Flavor: There’s a very unique start to the Tabaquero by Hamlet. The first third starts with a rich chocolate and earth backbone to the flavor profile that typical of Mexican San Andres, while there is a sweet undercurrent that is characteristic of Brazilian tobacco. Some background notes of spice, black pepper, coffee grounds, cedar also occur during the first third of the cigar. On the retrohale there is a mixture of earth, spice and pepper. During the transition to the second third of the cigar there’s a slight uptick in spice and pepper before mellowing out into flavors of earth and chocolate. There’s a real richness and depth to the earthiness of the Tabaquero that is balanced by a pleasing sweetness, while mild pepper and spice add a bit of kick to the cigars flavor profile. Spice and black pepper begin to dominate the retrohale nearing the final third of the cigar, but it never becomes overpowering. Earth and chocolate remain the backbone of the flavor profile throughout the last this of the cigar, while pepper and spice stay in the background. Toward the end of the cigar, the chocolate flavor begins to change in an interesting way, and the only way to desired the flavor is that it is similar to a chocolate doughnut. This doughnut like flavor disappears to be replaced by black pepper and spice through to the end of the cigar.

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Overall: With the Tabaquero by Hamlet, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars have found a blend that is sure to become a success. While the cigar is not overly complex, the flavors that are present blend together in a very unique and pleasing fashion. The medium-full body gives the Tabaquero strength while not sacrificing flavor. It is neither to full for medium bodied smokers or too mild for fans of full bodied cigars. What’s interesting is how different this cigar is than anything Rocky has ever released, which is likely due to being blended by Hamlet Paredes. In every vitola the blend performs consistently, without any one standing out above the others. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised by the Hamlet. With its reasonable price and unique flavor profile, the Tabaquero by Hamlet has quickly become part of my regular rotation of everyday cigars. The Tabaquero is a cigar that is definitely worth picking a 5-pack or maybe even a box of when you get the chance.

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Pairing: The Tabaquero pairs well with a wide range of beverages. The rum drinker will enjoy it a sipping rum. The scotch drinker will enjoy it with a Speyside single malt. The coffee drinker will find it goes well with a Cuban coffee of espresso.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Some cigars for this review were provided by Rocky Patel Premium Cigars who is a Brand Sponsor of Toasted Foot, while others were provided by Stogies World Class Cigars. While the generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not effect the overall review of this cigar.  At Toasted Foot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.