Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 165 x 17 mm
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder : Secret (Nicaragua?)
Filler : Secret (Nicaragua?)
Price : ~$8 each
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Among the cigars that I ordered from the USA, this Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale does really stand out. As the name suggests, it was created to celebrate 10 years of the Rocky Patel blend. Unlike the Vintage 1990, I totally enjoyed the smoke and can highly recommend it to amateurs of powerful, flavorful and smooth cigars.
The Decade is regularly box-pressed and sports a gorgeous, oily and dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, very pleasant to the touch. The presentation with the double band is elegant.
Although on the official website (which is a pain to navigate, by the way) Rocky Patel says that the blend is secret, I suspect that it's a mix of Nicaraguan tobacco. The cigar is skillfully rolled which results in a comfortable draw and a regular burn all the way. The smoke is very round, creamy and smooth, leaving a plesant sensation on the palate.
The Decade Lonsdale is definitely full-flavored, with powerful notes of pepper in the first third. In the second third, there was a slight increase in complexity which brought flavors of roasted coffee beans and hints of cedar. As already noted, the smoke was very smooth and delicious. The finish is surprisingly tender as I was expecting something overwhelming. An incredible smoke and a must-try.
Although it's not the cheapest stick on the market, I can definitely see myself smoking these on a regular basis.
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Well, I'm very happy to finally have an outstanding experience with a Rocky Patel cigar that I've heard so much about. I will definitely have a look at other Rocky Patel sticks. Any recommendations?