June 2020

Rocky Patel celebrates his 25th anniversary in the cigar industry. In 1995 entertainment lawyer Rakesh Patel, better known as Rocky Patel, decided to change careers. As an entertainment lawyer, he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. As a representative for the likes of Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone he spent quite some hours on movie sets. And in between shots, these megastars smoked cigars. They introduced Patel to the enjoyment of a fine premium cigar, and Patel was sold.

Patel partnered up with Philip Zanghi. They formed Indian Tabac Cigar Company, but unlike what many thought, the name had nothing to do with Patel’s Indian roots. Zanghi’s father was once the owner of the Indian Motorcycle Company, and that was the inspiration behind the name. From humble beginnings, the company grew. When Zanghi wanted to leave the cigar industry, Patel bought his shares. He further molded the company to a standard where he was comfortable putting his name on the cigars, and the Indan Tabac name was slowly discontinued. Totally unrelated to this, Zanghi made a comeback into the cigar industry years later and secured the rights for the Indian Motorcycle name for cigars.

Ministry of Cigars - Rocky Patel celebrates his 25th anniversary in the cigar industry

Quarter Century

The cigar that Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is releasing to commemorate the first steps of Patel in the industry is the Quarter Century. It’s a cigar made from aged Nicaraguan fillers and a Mexican San Andres binder. According to Rocky Patel, tobacco is ten years old before using. And the cigars age two years in the factory aging rooms before released to the market. 

More details have not been announced yet, although Rocky Patel did post a video on its website. More details are to be expected soon.

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