Rocky Patel R4

Rocky Patel R4 #1

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua & Honduras
Binder : Nicaragua & Honduras
Price : $3 each

Rocky Patel seems to have truly found his way in the world of cigars. By far his name (and product) can be found in just about every cigar market in the United States. However, today’s review focuses on one of Patel’s low-end production cigars. The Rocky Patel R4 is a premium value line that differs from his normal line as the R4 is rolled in Nicaragua and not his typical Honduras factories. The R4 line comes in bundles of 20 and is available in the following sizes:

  • Double Corona 7½ x 52
  • Robusto 5 x 5
  • Toro 6 x 52
  • Torpedo 6 x 52

On to the review…

Rocky Patel R4 #2

The Rocky Patel R4 had a very pleasing brown silky wrapper that contained plenty of veins and few blemishes. The torpedo tip was somewhat lumpy on all three of my examples and the foot very nicely packed full of luscious tobacco. What really caught my attention in this pre-light ritual was the awesome aroma the cigar profiled. The beautiful rich chocolaty aroma made my mouth start to water. The band was a simple plain brown with a sun/star in the middle, and was not applied evenly in the back. Upon cutting I found the cold draw to be very tight, leaving me to cut ever more than usual from the tapered head. Cold draw showed no true tasting notes.

Pre-light score: 7 pts.

Rocky Patel R4 #3

The opening of my Rocky Patel R4 Torpedo was very light and mild with no spice or power. This cigar showed a nutty woodsy profile with minor lead/metallic notes in the first third. The burn was somewhat wavy but nothing terrible. Ash was a mixed grey and white and the aroma a sweet toasted tobacco.

Rocky Patel R4 #4

Moving into the second third the cigar still was safely in the mild range. Still woody with an added cream/vanilla the tastes were certainly not overwhelming my palate. The burn however had to be touched up twice and became quite inconsistent. For some reason the cigar was having trouble staying lit.

Rocky Patel R4 #6

The final third of my Rocky Patel R4 had taste turning a bit darker and oaky with a dark cocoa tastes present. The burn issues continued to persist and the ash was a dirty grey color. Finally I just gave up because I was tired of keeping this cigar managed with the lighting.

Smoking score: 4 pts.

Rocky Patel R4 #7

So overall for the price ($2.75) you can’t complain about this smoke however do know you get what you pay for. Expect to find flaws and inconsistencies, as this is a value line. If you’re a big fan of mild cigars I truly suggest giving these a shot. This will be a great cigar for me when I’m doing things like outside work (mowing the lawn) or other activities where I’m not trying to totally focus on complex cigar profiles. Do know though that this is not something I would reach for to hand out with the purpose of impressing dinner guest or great friends.

Overall Experience score: 5 pts.

Rocky Patel R4 Torpedo Rating

Pre-Light: 7 pts.
Smoking: 4 pts.
Overall Experience: 5 pts.

TOTAL: 16 pts.