Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan Triple Ligero
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf and Shade
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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The Rocky Patel Royale was released last year by the famous cigar company and is available as either a Robusto or a Toro. It took the company six years (really?) to develop this cigar because of all the special tobacco leaves that go into the blend! The Rocky Patel Royale has received a lot of favorable reviews, and I wanted to experience this unique blend for myself.

Appearance : ★★★★★
This is a beautiful and unique-looking cigar. The box-pressed look is really prominent here, and gives the cigar an appealing and intriguing appearance. The wrapper is a chocolately brown with only a few noticeable veins. Pressing on the cigar, I find no hard or soft spots (which is great, considering this stogie was box pressed). A fine oily sheen and a smooth surface complete the look. The pre-light aroma smells like chocolate with a hint of something else sweet, perhaps caramel.

Construction : ★★★½☆
The draw is a tad tight, but not too tight, and the burn is a tad uneven, but only needs to be touched up occasionally. The ash is also a little flakier than I would like, but none of these are major problems with the construction.

Flavor : ★★★½☆
The flavors starting out are earthy with some spiciness thrown in, and I can also detect some cocoa. There is a slight bitterness which unfortunately builds up going into the middle third. The other flavors remain prominent, and take on a nutty tone. Some cedar comes into play, along with a savory taste in the final third. The bitterness eventually goes away, but I found it irritating while it was there.

Value : ★★★☆☆
If this cigar was a few dollars less expensive, I probably would have given it a 4/5, but at $11 for a stick, I would prefer if the construction issues were nonexistent and that bitter edge was absent. As it is, the bitterness is a bit upsetting at this price point.

Overall Rating : ★★★½☆
If you can ignore the bitter edge, the other flavors and aromas in this cigar are very nice. It is very lovely to look at, and the construction issues are minor. If it were less expensive, and there was no bitterness, I would say it was excellent, but as it is, I would have enjoyed it more had I paid less for it.

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