Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

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1 review for Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

  1. The Cigar Surgeon, M.D.

    Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

    Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
    Format : Robusto
    Size : 5.5 x 50
    Wrapper : Ecuador
    Binder : Nicaraguan
    Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
    Price : ~$5-7 each

    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.

    Nose : [rating:4.5/5]
    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 : [rating:4/5]
    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.

    Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
    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.

    First Third:

    Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

    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.

    Second Third:

    Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

    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.

    Last Third:

    Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Robusto

    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 : [rating:5/5]
    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.

    Value : [rating:5/5]
    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 : [rating:4.5/5] < 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.

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    * 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.

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    • Rob P

      I picked up a RP Robusto sampler from Neptune and it had 2-off these included. Well made stick and nice looking. I picked up earthy and woody notes which weren’t quite my bag. But that is an individual taste issue and will try other RP blends.

    • Master handyman

      sitting on my deck in the back of my house just toasted a 1992 Rocky Patel Robusto OMG what an iced my nose smelt right from the beginning a very light a very European coffee or expresso some very light cream almost like tiramisu also a couple of notes of vanilla and of course with the Sumatran wrapper I’m picking up just a hint of I’m picking up a couple of notes of leather this is just the beginning I’ll let you I’ll keep you informed how I make how in the other three quarters of the smoke OMG you’re not going to believe it I pick up I’ll just a hint of I’m picking up a touch of horse manure fabulous . RP seems to be very delightful thank you

    • Breana

      I was fascinated by this beauty for some time because of its almost very black maduro color and finally decided to try it. It delivers toasty notes of coffee. The 10 year old Ecuadorian sumatra wrapper is a beautiful oily wrapper that delivers full bodied spicy flavors along with the 5 year old combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers and binder. It has a gold and maroon color label. This cigar has great structure and my ash stayed true.

    • CigarSurgeon


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    • AffictedAddicted

      Great review! Where did you find it at $105 per box? My usual sources have it for $130+.

    • CigarMaven

      And I forgot to mention the RP Drew Estate Java lines. I smoked one of these after dinner sitting at a sidewalk table in Downtown Greenville SC. I had at least a half dozen women pass and then come back to ask what I was smoking and that they loved the aroma — and they didn’t even like cigars !! My sister in law lives with us and she begs me to smoke one of these occasionally. She then sits downwind and oohs and aahs throughout the experience. Rocky, I believe you’ve discovered an aphrodesiac.

    • CigarMaven

      Rocky’s cigars consistently have excellent draw resulting in rich creamy smoke. I love to experiment with Patel cigars and have a few of every one. The 1990, 1992, 1999, Decade and fifteenth anniversary are my favorites but I pulled out an Olde World Reserve last night and it was delish. Keep up the great work Rocky !! And please don’t ever abandon these classics !!

    • Peter Glad

      Great stick, and great review!

    • TriMarkC

      Great review! It looks like the Cigar Surgeon & I both started smoking cigars about the same time, and apparently, we have similar tastes, too. This RP Vintage 1992 was one of my early favorites, since it allowed me to expand my palate into more flavors and even strength without blowing my head off with nicotine. I do like the 1990 Vintage a bit more, but both are still very high on my favorites list.

    • bunner

      I agree with this review 100%! Very awesome cigar at an excellent price.

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Cigar Region Honduras
Filler Dominican, Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder Ecuador
Length 5 1/2
Ring Gauge 50
Vitola Robusto
Construction Hand Made