July 2023

At the PCA Convention & Trade Show, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars showed off three new lines, like they do almost every year. And the releases vary from the cheapest Rocky Patel ever to the most expensive Rocky Patel ever.

Even though most Rocky Patel cigars are quite affordable, I can’t remember Rocky Patel ever having a budget friendly bundle cigar as cheap as the new Seed to Smoke. The Seed to Smoke comes in two blends and are Cuban sandwich style cigars with a whole leaf wrapper and binder. The filler is byproduct aka clippings or leftovers from the production of other premium cigars at El Paraiso in Honduras.

Seed to Smoke classic has a Honduran Maduro wrapper over Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Seed to Smoke Shade has the same binder and filler but with a Honduran Connecticut Shade as wrapper. Both lines come in a 6×52 Toro, 7×48 Churchill and 6×60 Sixty.

On the complete other side of the spectrum is the new Rocky Patel Conviction. This is a cigar with an MSRP of $100 per stick. The most expensive offering from Rocky Patel in history. The idea behind the cigar is that everyone must have a conviction about something, and for Patel it is perseverance. The blend, a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Nicaraguan filler and binder, uses mostly tobacco from 2014, the first harvest of the farms that Patel bought in Condega and Esteli. Only one ligero leaf came from another supplier, besides the Mexican wrapper.

Rocky Patel Conviction comes in a humidor which is transformed into a cigar box. Each cigar comes in a modern-looking metal tube, and these tubes are heavy and high quality. There is only one size, 6½x52. The cigars are made at Tabacalera Villa Cuba SA, aka Tavicusa in Esteli, Nicaragua. Rocky Patel owns that factory with his business partner Amilcar Perez.
And then there is the Dark Star, made at El Paraiso in Honduras. The cigar sports a Honduran Corojo wrapper over a Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and Paraguay. The line comes with a 4×60 Short Star, 5½x50 Robusto, 6×52 Toro, and a 6×60 Sixty.

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