Rocky Patel II XXVI is another successful smoke!Rocky Patel II XXVI Cigars were launched in April, though they were initially planned to commemorate Patel’s birthday with a February release. Logistical reasons, though, delayed them until April, though reviewers have found that they were worth the wait. In 2012, the company launched six blends, but this one marks their first of the year. It is a premium stogie priced as such, but it is considered to be one of the best lines in an already proven brand.



The wrapper is a Connecticut Broadleaf and contains a San Andreas Mexican binder and several fillers, including a Brazilian Mata Fina, Nicaraguan Condega, Jamastran Valley and Ometepe tobaccos. It is available in three vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 1/2 x 52) and Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52). The wrapper is the color of dark coffee and is immaculately smooth. Rocky Patel II XXVI Cigars have very little veining and no seams are present. There is a slight oily sheen to the paper and it is double banded. On the primary band are the company logo and a silver and black checkerboard-like pattern. The secondary band contains the number 2-26 in Roman numerals. Both bands are silver, black and white. The wrapper smells of leather accentuated with some strong baking spice notes.



The first third of the Rocky Patel II XXVI Cigars evokes espresso, leather and pepper flavors. Shortly into the smoke, some reviewers noticed the leather shifting to a nutty flavor instead. The layers are all balanced, and there is no overbearing dominant taste at this point. There is, however, some exotic spice present on the retro-hale, though it is very subtle. This imparts a smooth quality to the smoke.



During the second third there are said to be many more shifts in flavor. The espresso shifts back and forth from traditional coffee to something closer to a syrup-type sweetness. Chocolate and cocoa powder tastes also emerge from the espresso. These notes are balanced against a strong pepper flavor, giving the Rocky Patel II XXVI Cigars a sweet and savory mix. The nuts are also present, though they are secondary.



In the final third of the stogie, the pepper asserts itself as the primary taste. Most of the espresso notes fall away, though the cocoa powder remains in the background. The nutty flavors fade out quickly during this part of the smoke. The coca powder and pepper combination are the two flavors left until the end of the smoke, though it does not finish harshly. Those offering reviews said the nub was cool and firm.



Aficionados raved about the burn and draw of the Rocky Patel II XXVI Cigars, pointing to its superior construction. Neither produced any issues, making this cigar a truly enjoyable experience. While it is medium to full in strength, it is completely full-bodied in flavor. This may make it a tough one for novices, but anyone who can handle the complexity and depth of flavors will find a memorable stogie here. The brand made several top lists with its numerous 2012 blends, and it looks like it will make a few more with this unique combination of flavors.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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