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…

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Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Robusto 1979

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Robusto

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$6 each

Don Pepin was one of Cuba`s most respected rollers when he fled the country and started rolling cigars in Miami with some other prominent defectors. The cigar is marketed as full bodied and is promoted as some of the most Cuban tasting non-Cuban cigars. The Cuban Classic is billed as a spicy cigar made from very select tobaccos. I had the opportunity to sample their Natural Robusto and what follows is my review of this cigar. This cigar comes from his “Black Label” line and is manufactured in Nicaragua.

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Blind Review: Padron Londres Natural

Padron Londres Natural

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan (Natural)
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Age : 2 years 8 months
Number of reviewers : 5 — Nicholas (volpow61), Brian (B-daddy), Emmett (rhetorik), Robert (NavyPiper), Will (Dubv23)
Price : ~$3 each

Today we bring you a very special guest review of the well-known Padron Londres Natural, submitted by the crew from Blind Man’s Puff. They do blind cigar reviews – each cigar is smoked by at least 4 different reviewers and the smokes are received naked, without any bands or information. We love the concept – so go ahead and check out their site for more reviews like this one.

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 86

“Chocolate brown wrapper that’s a little unevenly colored and ugly. It’s got some darker spots. It’s got some shiny areas with dull spots and vice versa. A simple single cap that’s neat enough and a soft box-press.” –Brian (B-daddy)

Aroma: 89

“The ugly appearance is somewhat redeemed by the aroma, it smells very pleasant. I’m picking up mild plain tobacco, and a little sweetness.” –Emmett (rhetorik)

Construction: 86

“The cigar felt even in the hand. It had a well done box press that was not too aggressive. It was firm with no detectable soft spots. They skimped on the cap and went with a single cap, no big deal though.” –Will (Dubv23)

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Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona

Oliva Serie V Melanio

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.5 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6.75 – $8.00 each

The company markets this cigar as hand-rolled using ‘expertly fermented’ ligero fillers which are known for their robust and rich flavors. The Serie V Melanio is considered one of the brand’s “Premium” Cigars. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions.

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Illusione Epernay Le Matin

Illusione Epernay Le Matin

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Corona Gorda Extra
Size : 6 3/4 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $12 each

We are glad to welcome Kaleehb, our new reviewer, to the community!

Released in 2010, the Le Matin is the first size in the Epernay line to be box pressed and offered in boxes of 25. After seeing the discontinued M-7 boxes lying about the factory floor, Dion Giolito decided to put them to use in making a cigar with balance and elegance. By perfectly blending Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo tobaccos and topping it with a Rosado wrapper Dion was able to create this newest member of the Epernay portfolio.

On to the review…

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San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $9 each

Up for review is a Nicaraguan San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol in the belicoso vitola. This brand is owned by Ashton and I found a pretty good description on their website:

San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol is the finest new cigar of 2009. Handcrafted by the Garcia family, these cigars feature a very special sun-grown wrapper grown on the family’s “Estrella” farm in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estrella sits on a picturesque plot of land surrounded by green hills, where sunlight abounds and the soil is as thick and as dark as coal. Jaime Garcia hand-selected these beautiful wrappers from the first crop of tobaccos harvested from Estrella explicitly for this cigar.

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Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 155 x 25 mm (6.25 x 52)
Wrapper : Honduran Broadleaf
Filler : DR, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8-9 each

Rocky Patel introduced the Vintage 1990 blend in 2003 and I remember at the time reading a lot of good things about this cigar. This was one of the first praised releases from the company that had just the year prior changed its name to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars from Indian Tabac. Rocky Patel has gone on to make some very good cigars over the years and this one, being one of their first acclaimed releases, was one that I had to sample. As I will discuss below, my boxes were purchased back in 2006. Having finished my first box some time back, I am now down to the last few from my 2006 collection. My palate has changed over the years and perhaps this is why the review is as it is. At the time, I really enjoyed this cigar but as the years went by I lost interest. I decided to pull out one of the 5 remaining sticks from my purchase and give it a whirl some 6 years after purchasing them.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 4.75 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Havana-seed
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$6-7 each

The Antano! One of the most powerful cigars on the market. In fact for many years it was THE most powerful cigar around. Here’s some info from the manufacturer:

Antaño in Spanish means “yesteryear”, a name that is a tribute to the Joya de Nicaragua cigar of the 70’s when the brand became one of the favorite smokes in the US market.

This is a full bodied cigar, made totally by hand with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are Havana Criollo seed grown in Nicaragua. The shiny Colorado wrapper and the complexity of the blend give a very distinctive personality to this cigar, created to satisfy the most exigent smoker who looks for a strong cigar, rich in taste and aroma. Introduced in 2002, Antaño actually is one of the favorite cigars in the American Market and is a symbol of the true Nicaraguan puro.

I’m not normally a fan of big ring gauge cigars, but there is something special about the Gran Consul that sets it apart from the smaller sizes in the Antano line.

This beefy cigar is very oily looking and has a nice dull point to the torpedo end. The cigar clips easy and the pre-light draw is very open; but not due to being under-filled as this cigar is very densely rolled.

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