Rocky Patel Fifty Series Cigars were created to celebrate Rocky Patel’s fiftieth birthday. There are three limited run vitolas (the robusto, toro, and torpedo) and they are made in a Nicaraguan factory. They offer a wrapper from Ecuador, with binders and fillers from Nicaragua (except when they are “unknown”). These are produced in typical Cuban style, and the stogie displays two bands. One is towards the head and includes the RP label, and the other is at the foot, proudly displaying the number 50.
It is tightly box-pressed and brings to mind the I-Press, for one reviewer. This dark, slightly oily wrapper has just a few visible veins. Just like the rest of the smokes from this factory, this has a triple cap. It also offers a firm touch. Earth, spice, and leather notes are recognized. After lighting up the stick, chocolate is noted, too, right in the beginning third. Chili and curry flavors add to the complexity. As the beginning of the smoke progresses, there should be no burn issues and rather thick smoke. As the smoking continues through the second third, a significant flavor change is noted. The sweet chocolate has worn itself out, and oak and cedar notes become obvious. Now it has spice and leather, with a nutty finish. The smoke and burn continue to be exemplary through this portion of the Rocky Patel Fifty Series Cigar. The firm ash might tend to be dark gray up to this point. This reviewer smoked it just about right down to the nub before setting it down to put itself out. The reviewer indicated intent to stock the humidor with these sticks and considers them good for special occasions.
Another reviewer focused on the 5 x 54 torpedo Rocky Patel Fifty Series Cigar. Coffee and woodsy flavors are present. There was commentary on the firm, tight construction, as well as the fact that the smoking session lasted an hour and twenty minutes, and the ash did not fall off until close to two inches long. There was an unrecognized taste that he went to research about, and found reference to mineral flavors.
Still another reviewer made note of the fact that these Rocky Patel Fifty Series Cigars made use of tobacco which was aged for eight years, and took four years to develop. Rocky was personally involved in the project. The runs are limited to 2000 boxes for each vitola, and they are intended to be considered as ultra premium smokes. This reviewer tried a Toro and noted the farm-like aroma. The cold draw included spices and cocoa.
The beginning of the smoking of the Rocky Patel Fifty Series Cigars offers chocolate, pepper, orange citrus, and spices, among other wonderful flavors. The chocolate, pepper, and citrus soon present themselves as the dominant flavors. The second third moves more to a focus on leather notes and citrus. As the final third approaches, the spices move towards the front.
For a smoker who tends to like these stogie lines, it might be worth looking into when or whether the local cigar shop will be getting them in.