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Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5 1/2 x 54)
Ring : 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $9.80/$495 for a Box of 50
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Olde World cigars...
The Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve was the company's first foray into the world of super-premium cigars. Available in a rich maduro or a spicy corojo, Patel aimed to blend the smooth flavor of his Vintage series with the power of the Edge line. Originally labeled "Master Blend 7XX," the Olde World was first introduced at the RTDA show (now IPCPR) in 2005, but wasn't released until the next year after being reintroduced at the 2006 RTDA show. Originally they were only available in boxes of 25, but now are available in boxes of 50. Today we're looking at the Corojo blend.
Pre-light: Milk chocolate colored wrapper with very few veins and one visible seam on this nicely box pressed stogie. The cap is somewhat rough but perfectly applied to the head. A dark brown band with gold leaf logo and tobacco flowers. Very nice looking band, classy. What looks to be a paper wrapper with the Rocky Patel logo adorns the bottom half of the cigar, but it's actually compressed bits of leftover tobacco. The stick is firm throughout, with just a bit of give at the foot. Cutting the head with my Palio takes a bit of extra effort, but comes off perfectly. The pre-light draw is firm. The nose at the foot is nice and chocolatey.
First third: I use my table lighter to warm the foot, and get a nice glowing ring at the edge. I put the OWR to my lips, and get the cigar going in a few puffs. Light, ethereal smoke drifts from the foot, and fills the mouth on the first draw. I'm immediately hit with chocolate and nut flavors, plus a bit of white pepper. The draw is nice, with just a touch of resistance to it. Firm, light gray ash. Dark ring at the burn line. Nice tight concentric circles in the ash. I drop the ash after 1 1/2".
Second third: The chocolate and nut flavors fade as I reach the middle, and are replaced by oak and black pepper. The excellent burn and firm ash continue, and the amount of smoke on the draw increases. Strength is starting to build up.
Last third: The strength continues to build, and the pepper starts to really ramp up, overshadowing the wood flavors. The spice is definitely the number 1 flavor now. It's almost to the point of being unpleasant. Construction remains excellent to the end.
Final thoughts: This stick starts out nice and medium-bodied then ends as a spicy full-bodied powerhouse. For a robusto, it burned a long time with a total smoking time of over 90 minutes. No complaints on the construction. If you're a big fan of corojo, this is an excellent choice.