Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Please welcome our new reviewer known as The Cigar Surgeon, M.D. We hope you'll enjoy his thorough cigar reviews! Here is his bio:
I started smoking cigars about 7-8 years ago now. In the back of my mind it was always something I thought I would enjoy but I just didn't take it up as a hobby. With my other hobbies of coffee roasting, scotch tasting and photography it seems to have found a nice comfortable niche.
This is my review of the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto (5.5 x 50). I purchased a 5-pack from Cigar Monster. Final tally was $4 a stick. The Vintage 1992 Robusto is listed as a medium strength with medium to full flavor. Inside you'll find Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, with a Nicaraguan binder. The whole thing ties together with an aged Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
I've picked up chocolate, wood and earthiness, and hints of coffee. The aromas off this cigar have me very eager to light up.
Construction was excellent. The dark brown wrapper had veins across it, however they were smooth and there were no flaws in construction to be found. You can immediately tell looking at this cigar that it is box pressed, however this is clearly a premium constructed cigar. It has a rich dark chocolate brown color with a light oily undertone.
I've had many Rocky Patel cigars in the past, and in general I find that their offerings meet the flavor profiles I look for. Going into this I knew it was going to be a pretty easy review.
The Vintage 1992 lit up without any issue. I immediately get a cavalcade of flavors stampeding through my taste buds. Swirling chocolate and wood, earthiness and dark roasted coffee. Each draw finishes with a nice creamy balance. As I get halfway into the first third, the coffee flavor intensifies and I'm left with a tongue full of rich espresso. Absolutely delicious.
As it moves into the second third the wood flavors drop off and are replaced with just the hint of spice on the tongue. That spice seems to be in sync with the creaminess of the clouds of smoke I puff out.
The last third and most of the top notes of flavor fall away and I'm left with just a smooth creamy cigar. The flavor stays intact until my fingertips are becoming uncomfortably hot and I'm regrettably forced to let it burn out. I contemplate lighting a second one, but as it's late in the evening I abandon the idea.
Burn / Draw :
Even just after toasting, I'm already getting rich, satisfying, plumes of smoke with each puff. The burn is as even as I've seen, and the draw is easy and satisfying. I left it to burn for several minutes as I refreshed my water and I did not have to aggressively draw on it when I came back.
I picked these up as a 5-pack averaging $4 a stick. I expected the box price to be in the $150 neighborhood, but instead I found them in the $105 bracket. That works out to $5.25 a stick, and at this price, for this flavor profile, you should have already ordered a box, or at the very least added them to your wishlist. I intend to finish this review and place an order for at least one box, possibly a second for aging.
Overall Rating : < 23/25 || 92%* >
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto is a premium cigar, with premium construction, available at a price point that makes these ridiculously affordable for all cigar smokers. This type of flavor offering would usually be found in the $185 - $250 price range, so at $105 a box you should feel like you just won some amazing auction deal at the last minute.
* Any cigar below 60 will be in the 'yardgar' category. Between 60 and 74 should be an every day smoke. Between 75-85 should be in the great smoke category, and anything above that should be in the excellent smoke category.