Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 6 x 54 “Toro Grande”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $8.50 by the Single/$8.00 by the 5 Pack/$7.65 by the 20 count box

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Today we take a look at the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel.
It made its debut at the 2012 IPCPR trade show.

From the Rocky Patel Press Release:
“July 25, 2012 — Nording 50th Anniversary is a special edition cigar blended to celebrate world renowned pipe maker Erik Nording’s 50th year in the tobacco business. This is a very special blend that is medium- to full-bodied that has great balance & flavor. The medium- to full-bodied blend is balanced by an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper accompanied by binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The result is a flavor profile of spice, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon with a lingering sweet coffee finish.”

From CI:
“After teaming up with Rocky on his previous endeavor titled, Nording, it seemed only natural the two would once again meet for this special-edition cigar. Each 50th Anniversary is carefully crafted in Nicaragua into a gorgeous 6″ x 54 Toro. This generous size delivers a medium to full-bodied profile, and produces a rich well-balanced array of savory flavors. Cool billows of smoke greet the senses with hints of spice, pepper, nutmeg, coffee and a naturally sweet finish. This complex bouquet is the result of a dark brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper draped over a bold core of aged Nicaraguan long-fillers. Masterfully blended for a master, by a master, that’s the Nording 50th cigar.”

I don’t normally review many Patel cigars. He has accomplished producing some fine cigars but most are for the inexperienced palate. Plus, 90% of them are old school; requiring months and months of humidor time before they are ready to light up. But if you are wallet conscious, you probably tend to buy cigars that are ready to smoke in a shorter period of time.

I’ve reviewed the Rocky Patel Edición Unica 2011 (2013), the Fusion, the 15th Anniversary, Vintage 2003 Cameroon, Rocky Patel HR 500 Gary Sheffield 2013, Winter Collection 2012, Decade Edición Limitada, Private Cellar, Vintage 1999 Connecticut, Platinum, Royale, Edge Maduro, Ocean Club, Edge Habano, Freedom, Burn Naples, and Bold by Nish Patel. That’s a lot more than I thought.

The front side of the cigar band looks pretty good. The back side looks like 40 miles of bad road. Lots of huge veins, very bumpy and lumpy, and discoloration of the wrapper.

The front side is very nice looking. The wrapper is an oily coffee bean brown with invisible seams, few veins, and I believe a triple cap. It may be a double. Hard to tell.

The double cigar bands are old school in their design; but still very attractive. Although, I’m not sure why Patel chose to have the main band say “Nording 50th Anniversary.” And then a secondary band that merely says “by Rocky Patel.”

I clip the cap and find aromas of fruit, earthy tobacco, some smokiness along the shaft, green grass at the clipped cap, a tiny bit of chocolate, and strong cedar.

Time to light up.

The draw is good but the big cigar weighs heavy as it hangs from my mouth while I type. Immediately, a flood of flavors show up: Fruitiness, wood, spiciness, cream, chocolate, citrus, cedar, and leather.

I was concerned that a little over a month may be too soon to review this stick as I only purchased one so no sticks to try first.
The strength starts out medium bodied.
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A floral note appears. Sweetness, as well. But it is the undulating, pulsating, hard pumping red pepper that catches most of my attention. (I’m practicing for my letter to Penthouse.)

I read a couple reviews and the impact the cigar makes is all over the place. I’m guessing it all depends on the humidor time the reviewer gave it.

I’m beginning to see good reviewers pick up on telling their readers how long humidor time they gave the reviewed cigar. I like that. It is important info. But the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel is over 2 years old. And no one was doing that.

With over 1” burned, flavors do a nice expansion: Spiciness, creaminess, chocolate, black cherry, coffee, earthiness, nutmeg, cedar, leather, vanilla, floral notes, and herbal notes.
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A bit farther into the cigar, it gets the blahs. Flavors flatten out. The char line is a mess and needs attending to, and the strength slips to mild/medium body.

Maybe 5 weeks of rest was not enough. I hate to flog a dead horse, but it is the major reason I don’t care for Patel sticks…the wait time. I bet the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel will be a real hummer at the 5-6 month mark. I hesitated when I purchased it but went ahead anyway. I am a dope.

But then, it’s a big cigar. Plenty of time for redemption.

The second third begins.

And then as I write the last sentence, some flavor returns. Inconsistent.5 weeks are just not enough time. I mean this should be a very good cigar. Especially, when you are dedicating it to someone who has had a big impact on the tobacco industry.

But then again, I reviewed the Ditka Camacho blends and thought they were trash. And very expensive. At least the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel is not overly expensive if you purchase it by the box ($7.65).
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I guess I expected too much. I had a blast with the $4.50 MUWAT Night Crawler yesterday. Now, that was a monster cigar. Right from the get go, it grabs you by the carotid and won’t let go.

The Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel grabs you by the narglies and then falls asleep.

I just received the brand new Sosa Headlines Second Edition (Not yet released); which is a follow up to the Headlines Page First Edition that I reviewed back in September of last year. Arby Sosa sent me a few 6 x 60 redwood trees so I expect some real humidor time. You should see these babies. Look like they were dunked in 10-40 motor oil.
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Back to the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel…you know it’s not a bad cigar. Just not bold.

All the flavors, and now including the spiciness, linger in the background while the rich earthiness moves to the forefront.

The Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel is a gentle cigar. No sucker punches. Just an easy going blend. Cinnamon pops up. The nutmeg is gone. The black cherry ramps up. And the chocolate and cream and coffee lay a bedrock for the remaining flavors.

I reach the halfway point.

This will be about the 4th or 5th time I’ve had to do a serious touch up on the char line. Yeah, this is a real tribute to Erik Nording.

The strength has been classic medium body since the start of the second third.
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And then a change. The black cherry turns into real cherries. I even notice an aroma of cherries. It kicks back into gear with some nice sweetness.
I get an element of cinnamon graham crackers. And the wood component moves up the line.

The Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel is a bit of a schizophrenic blend. Constantly going up and down like a roller coaster harming the consistency factor. One moment, the flavor profile is as dead as yesterday’s caught fish…and then in a blink of an eye, it nears the flavor bomb status (But not for long).

Fortunately, besides the char line issues, there have been no wrapper issues. I did have to clip the cap because I can’t smoke and write about a big cigar without chomping. It would take twice as long.

The coffee element resurfaces and is welcome to this mostly lackluster flavor profile.

Some nuttiness shows itself for the first time. I suppose that the flavor profile is building towards the sweet spot which will occur in the last third.
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I don’t know if this is all the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel has to give or it just needs months and months of humidor time.
The floral notes reappear. And then the creaminess takes a leap.

2-1/2” to go and the Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel seems to find its footing; at last.

Here they are once again: Creaminess, nuttiness, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon graham cracker, cedar, floral notes, cherries, and a nice rich earthy tobacco flavor.

But instead of being big, bold flavors, they are smooth and non-offending.

Carefully removing the main cigar band puts a big rip in the wrapper. This may be the beginning of the end. I try to repair it but it just makes a horrid mess.
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I was going to continue with the dressing room anecdote I started a couple days ago but I don’t think this cigar deserves a rock story.

The Nording 50th Anniversary by Rocky Patel borders on a gimmick cigar. Paying homage to someone usually ends up in an inferior cigar.

I can’t think of a single gimmicky cigar that I liked.

The last third begins by default. Between the constant touch ups of the burn line, the cigar going out on me twice, and now the torn wrapper…this whole thing was a waste of time.

And while I expected the last third to show its stuff, the flavor profile has gone flat once again.

I’m done. Purchase at your own risk.

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