August 23, 2021
Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition. Back in 2012, Rocky Patel was working on a blend at his Nicaraguan factory. And that blend had an amazing promise. So Patel made the cigars but decided to let them age at the factory for several years before releasing them in 2015. The extra aging gave the cigars more depth and complexity. The ALR (Aged, Limited & Rare) was sold out in a heartbeat and was highly praised. So in 2016, Patel made a new blend following the same concept. The Rocky Patel ALR Second edition came out in 2019.
The cigars are available in three sizes including a 6½x52 Toro and by the time you are reading this review you are lucky if you can find the cigars. They have been sold out on a wholesale level for 9 months by now. But we snagged some at Cigaragua Amsterdam last March. The cigar comes from Patel’s Nicaraguan factory, Tavicusa. The wrapper is Mexican San Andres. The filler and binder are Nicaraguan.
Name: Rocky Patel ALR Second EditionCountry: NicaraguaFactory: TavicusaSize: 6½x52Vitola: ToroWrapper: Mexico (San Andres)Binder: NicaraguaFiller: NicaraguaPrice: €10 (The Netherlands)Cutter: Xikar Xi1 CutterLighter: Single JetSmoke conditions: Indoors with fanSmoke time: One hour forty-five minutes.
The looks of the cigar are amazing. A pinkish copper, a metallic-looking ring with curly ALR logo, and then the rest of the cigar covered in white paper with the blend and the concept of the cigar. Just for the looks, this would be a cigar that we would buy at a cigar shop. Once the bottom ring, which covers more than 50% of the cigar, is gone you can see the Mexican San Andres wrapper. It looks good for a Maduro wrapper and feels like velvet. The triple cap is perfect and there are no soft spots of plugs noticeable. The cigar has a medium-strong aroma of cocoa beans.
The cold draw is fine and leaves a dry, raw tobacco flavor in the mouth. The first puffs give soil, leather, coffee, and dark chocolate with pepper. Chocolate is getting stronger, with some sweetness. Deep and complex flavors. That’s what Rocky Patel tried to achieve by aging the cigars, and it works out, at least in the first third of the cigar.
The second third starts with some added sweetness over the dark chocolate. There is also a hint of coffee. The sweetness gets stronger, and there is a bit of wood as well. The retro has some herbal spice. Coffee and dark chocolate remain the main flavors. The bitterness of the flavors is pure bliss, and it’s countered by some citrus. Flavors are full, and there’s a little saltiness as well.
The draw is great. The ash is light gray and like a stack of dimes. The white smoke is medium in thickness and plentiful in volume. This cigar packs a lot of complex flavors. The burn is good, it was a little uneven in the beginning but corrected itself along the way. This cigar is full in body and flavor. The smoke time is an hour and forty-five minutes.
Strength: FullFlavor: Full
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