This cigar is part of the Rocky Patel “Seasons” collection.
Only 2000 boxes were made of each blend. And they only come in three sizes:
Robusto: 5.5 x 52
Toro: 6.5 x 52
Torpedo: 6.12 x 52
The stick is nicely box pressed. Seams are fairly tight. Not a lot of veins. The wrapper has a nice caramel oily sheen that is both smooth and toothy. The pointy cap is expertly constructed. The double cigar bands are attractive in a minimalist sort of way.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong cocoa, espresso, and spice.
Time to light up.
There is a lot of sweetness on the palate. Then the black pepper arrives in force. Cocoa is added. A strong woody flavor shows up. And then espresso.
The burn gets out of hand once more. A $9.00 cigar should not be having these problems especially so early.
No matter how many times I correct the burn line, it goes back to out of control. Constantly putting a torch to the tobacco can really ruin the taste experience; not to mention my patience. If this continues, the cigar review will end.
I’ve never been much of a Patel fan. He cranks out blends like a popcorn vendor at Disneyland cranks out new batches of popcorn.
As I begin the second third, I correct the char line for the fourth time. I figure that with all this burning away of wrapper, I am only getting half of the cigar to smoke; thereby putting this cigar in the $4.00 category.
I can’t focus on the flavors with all this mishegos.
Then I get some Indian spices of cumin, coriander, celery, clove, and fennel. The multi-country mix of leaves gives the flavor profile a most unusual twist.
Sweet cedar shows up as I near the halfway point. The chocolate becomes bittersweet like baking cocoa. The coffee disappears. But some creaminess shows up.
The spices of the Far East are dominating the flavor profile.
Char line correction #6. This is fucking ridiculous. $9.00? Really?
All the effort into the blending of exotic leaves and someone forgets to worry about the construction of the cigar. Pathetic.
The online store descriptions make this cigar out to be the second coming. Such bull shit. If it were not for the review, I would have tossed the stick long ago. And licked my wounds. Fortunately, you don’t have to pay retail on this mess. You can get them on auction for half the price, or less.
I won’t say who I got the cigar from so as not to embarrass them.
The cigar has all these wonderful flavors going for it. Meanwhile, Patel’s quality control is out the window.
Strength was medium bodied from the start but moves to medium/full in the last third. But no sign of nicotine.
With only a couple inches to go, the burn line settles down.
The cigar’s flavor profile has been damaged because of the constant corrections. It had the potential of becoming a real flavor bomb but instead it is just a nicely flavored cigar. It could have been a contender.
No. I do not recommend this cigar. Maybe I got a bad one. Who knows? Bad construction isn’t usually held to just one stick.
This is why I almost never smoke Patel cigars. There is always something to bitch about.
The last bit gets harsh and hot.
OK. I’ve followed the Cigar Reviewer’s Union rules and completed the cigar as much as possible.
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