Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale

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    Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale

    Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
    Format : Lonsdale
    Size : 165 x 17 mm
    Ring : 44
    Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
    Binder : Secret (Nicaragua?)
    Filler : Secret (Nicaragua?)
    Price : ~$8 each

    Among the cigars that I ordered from the USA, this Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale does really stand out. As the name suggests, it was created to celebrate 10 years of the Rocky Patel blend. Unlike the Vintage 1990, I totally enjoyed the smoke and can highly recommend it to amateurs of powerful, flavorful and smooth cigars.

    Appearance : [rating:5/5]
    The Decade is regularly box-pressed and sports a gorgeous, oily and dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, very pleasant to the touch. The presentation with the double band is elegant.

    Construction : [rating:5/5]
    Although on the official website (which is a pain to navigate, by the way) Rocky Patel says that the blend is secret, I suspect that it’s a mix of Nicaraguan tobacco. The cigar is skillfully rolled which results in a comfortable draw and a regular burn all the way. The smoke is very round, creamy and smooth, leaving a plesant sensation on the palate.

    Flavor : [rating:5/5]
    The Decade Lonsdale is definitely full-flavored, with powerful notes of pepper in the first third. In the second third, there was a slight increase in complexity which brought flavors of roasted coffee beans and hints of cedar. As already noted, the smoke was very smooth and delicious. The finish is surprisingly tender as I was expecting something overwhelming. An incredible smoke and a must-try.

    Value : [rating:4.5/5]
    Although it’s not the cheapest stick on the market, I can definitely see myself smoking these on a regular basis.

    Overall Rating : [rating:5/5]
    Well, I’m very happy to finally have an outstanding experience with a Rocky Patel cigar that I’ve heard so much about. I will definitely have a look at other Rocky Patel sticks. Any recommendations?

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    • Herf Meister

      The RP Decade’s are a solid value, Med to Full power sticks, with very good construction, draw, and burn qualities.If you’ve smoked one, the cocoa with floral taste and aroma, even retrohaling, tell you all you need to know. Some hints of pepper in first 1/4, then mellowing to classic Nicaraguan cocoa and floral, almost a faint molasses aftertaste. A high quality cigar, in fact, the Decade series is what I would argue are two of the best sticks he has ever produced (the other being the 2013-2014 “original” RP II-XXVI, the black and white checked, double banded, that are sadly no longer produced, NOT the orange band 2nd version, those just suck). The standouts to me in the Decade line are the Toro and Torpedo. Worth having a go and let them rest in the humidor 1-2 months before smoking.

    • Nick

      All RP Decade are great.

    • M. Germany

      The Decade is quite delicious, but I think it is inadvertently outshined by the Old World Reserve line. I have been seriously impressed by everything that Rocky Patel does (with the exception of the Nording). Wflor421 makes a great point about the Sun Grown line, especially if you like Cubans.

    • Cigarman007

      Old World Reserve Maduro torpedo, Vintage 90 churchhill, Decade torpedo
      Always try to keep a small supply of the RP’s

    • zatch

      I tried the 15th anniversary the other day, and it was a very pleasant surprise! It had a very smooth, sweet smoke throughout. I would say between a light and medium boldness, but the flavor was a 10 for me. With an easy draw and even burn, I definitely recommend it!

    • yiorgos

      My first encounter with the Rocky Patel cigars was through the Edge, when his cigars were still cheap! Great smokes with unique flavours and great construction. The Vintage 90 and 92 are also very good smokes. The Olde World Reserve is a good smoke too, but not exceptional or worthy of a place in the top 10 cigars of the year!

      I have to say that I haven’t been impressed by the rest of his range – although I haven’t had all of them. He went from making only a few cigars that were great, to making a load of average cigars, IMHO.

      I have a couple of Decades in my humidor and I will be lighting them up soon, hoping to find another RP that will impress me, after a while…

      Great review BTW

    • tobacmon

      Like Jason T they are a bit pricey and not a bad cigar but not a great one either.

    • greg

      secret binder and filler? Hope it’s tobacco 🙂

    • Kalutika

      Smoked another one last night. Still wonderful. they have aged really nicely. Mine have been aging for a couple years at this time.

    • Kalutika

      I buy these as seconds in the form of the liga series. Nice price for an overpriced but otherwise good cigar. Spicy and strong. complex and very well built. Sent me through a loop when I first tried them.

    • Jason T

      It was a good cigar, but overpriced.

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      Thanks wflor421, I’ll give it a try!

    • wflor421

      Now that your into a Rocky Patel may I suggest one of my favorite cigars. The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro. A 52×6.5 in. five-year-old Ecuadorian sun-grown Sumatra wrapper and seven-year old Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It is strong, full flavor with excellent draw and never seems to go out.It is a complex smoke that I find smooth and has an ash that stays on till you knock it off. About $6.50 at your tobacco shop. Hope you enjoy it.

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Cigar Region Honduras
Filler Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder Nicaragua
Length 6 1/2
Ring Gauge 44
Vitola Lonsdale
Construction Hand Made