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Rocky Patel Spring Collection

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Summer Collection was OK, but really didn’t do anything for me. The Winter Collection was a great full bodied cigar. When I ran across the Spring Collection at a local shop in Tampa, I couldn’t resist picking a few up. It wasn’t easy, but I let these sticks rest a couple weeks and finally, it was time to start smoking for the review. Paired up with water, I bring you the review of the Rocky Patel Spring Collection.


Wrapper: Sumatra

Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 52

Price: Around $7.00



Pre-smoke and Construction:

The first thing I notice on a cigar is the wrapper. This one was a little oily and smooth with small veins. Sniffing the wrapper reminded me of wood and a grassy soil. The foot smelled more like wood then anything else. Squeezing the cigars length, I found it was a little spongy and bounced back when squeezed. The pre-light draw was free, with a dry co-coish flavor mixed with wood.

The burn required a few correction in the first half of the cigar, but straightened out afterwards. The ash held for around an inch before I knocked it off (as I commonly do). Overall, I was very happy with construction in general.



The first third began with very smooth woody flavors. Exhaling through the nose, I found a fairly strong pepper. It wasn’t a major jolt, just enough to let you know it was there. As I progressed, mocha notes were detected. This mellow tone set the mood for the first third, and was quite relaxing and easy to smoke.


As I rounded the second third, that pepper that said “Pay attention to me!” calmed down. It was still there, but only a fraction of it’s strength remained. What took it’s place was nice, smooth, and sometimes thick mocha notes. Woody flavors I mentioned before remained and mixed well with an addition of nuts in the background.


The last third had a dominant woodsy flavor. Hiding behind that were subtle nutty notes. Next in line was mocha. It lost its thickness and lurked in the background. This was probably the simplest of the thirds in terms of flavor profile complexities, but it remained enjoyable.




This was a pretty good medium bodied cigar. I enjoyed the Winter Collection a bit more, but this was far more enjoyable then the Summer Collection. Any Rocky Patel fan should give this cigar a try.

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