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"Good cigar, curious flaw"

Review by: RBekk
Review Date: 04/28/2005
Rating: 5
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Review Notes: I was looking forward to enjoying a Rocky Patel for some time now. Iíve seen RPís in cigar shops around town, and finally decided to spring for the toro vitola. After being aged 10 years I expected an exceptionally smooth smoke, but was concerned about what all that time would do to the flavor and body of this stick. After lighting up, all my worries dissipated, and I could hardly recall why I was worried in the first place. From the first puff, I could tell this was one exceptional smoke, well worth the price tag. I was so wrapped in pleasure, I didnít even notice when the wrapper started splitting, but split it did, and in several places. I wasnít too concerned about it though, Iíve seen other sticks split as the heat swelled the cigar with no ill effects. I guess Ballpark Franks arenít the only thing that plumps when you cookíem. The splitting continued until, the wrapper started unraveiling, and I watched in horror as the cigar disintegrated before my eyes. Before the cigar was half done, the wrapper and binder had split to the head and itís guts were spilling into the ash tray. Despite my best efforts, this one was hopeless. Iím not sure if the poor construction was due to the aging process, or storage issues before I purchased it, but I can tell you I bought the cigar at a very reputable local shop which Iíve purchased many hundreds of cigars from in the past without fault. This experience didnít sour me on all of RPís offerings. Iím going to give the brand another chance, but if the next one self destructs, I wonít waste any more money on these aged cigars.

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