Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rocky Patel Spring Collection Cigar Review

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This review is sponsored by Silo Cigars, home to rare cigars, aged cigars and hard to find boutique cigars. Call them at 1-865-675-7456 to inquire about this cigar.

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So I am a little late with this review, but I just have to tell you about this gem of a smoke called the Rocky Patel Spring Collection Toro-size. This cigar is available in three sizes, a 5x50 robusto, a 6x52 toro, and a 6.5x52 torpedo. They are all available in boxes of 20. The cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Broadleaf binder, and a Nicaraguan filler.

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After having reviewed the RP Winter and Summer Collections, I have to say that I am a big fan of what Rocky Patel has done so far. Each cigar is wonderfully unique in it's own way. The Spring Collection cigar is no exception. The construction of this hefty Toro is impeccable. It's perfectly symmetrical with a few veins which are not very prominent. The wrapper is earthy brown in color and feels slightly coarse and dry to the touch. My only complaint is that the aroma of the cigar was not very strong.

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After clipping off a small portion of the cap, I noticed that the draw was firm. The cigar lit easily and the initial flavors produced was very promising. I tasted a nice smooth coffee flavor with a hint of nutmeg or cloves. There was also a touch of nuttiness and nice complexity in the overall blend. The finish had a woodsy quality to it which was clean, almost minty in that it produced a cool sensation in my mouth. A pencil lead-like residue seemed to remain as well.

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The cigar progressed nicely as the flavors began to deepen and get richer as I smoked it. The body of the smoke got cedary and creamy with a nice balancing sweetness of dried fruit and just a touch of pepper. The cigar managed to remain smooth and bitter-free through to the end. This was a very satisfying smoke to say the least. The last third pushed the flavor strength from medium to full.

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The cigar burned with a slight waviness which I chose to touch up on occasion. The burn line was sharp and the ash formed was white and compact. The wrapper held together well until the last third when it cracked in several places.

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The cigar retails for about $8.85 a stick for the Toro size. I wouldn't hesistate to buy a few more to keep in my humidor due to it's limited availability. I would call the Rocky Patel Spring Collection a special occasion cigar. You definitely get your money's worth. It's packed with so much tobacco you can't help but smoke it slowly. All the better to appreciate it's wonderful complexity.

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3 comments:

Beezer said...

Great review! I've read a couple reviews on these and now after your's I'm dead set on picking a few up. I have a couple winter blends in my humidor, but never tried the Summer or Autumn from last year.

I really like the concept behind these seasonal blends Rocky has come out with.

Thanks again

Robert said...

Just recently had one of these as well. I got the same, almost menthol-like woodiness in certain parts of the smoke, as well as the lead-like finish. Nice to see I wasn't totally insane in tasting that! I was thinking the wood flavor is like balsa, but a little more aromatic. It's an interesting cigar, more complex than it first lets on, though the price makes it unlikely I'd pick another one up.

Chas said...

I purchased a torpedo in the Spring collection and it was almost completely plugged! In the past the draw/combustion was mainly what drew me to the RP brand. It was replaced and now has been resting for a few weeks. I really liked the Winter-but at his prices for "limited" tobacco nine and change may not be a wise move in this economy. Nice review!