Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

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rockypatelfreedom1Both of the cigars in today’s reviews on deliver a ton of flavor.  We will kick off our reviews with the Rocky Patel Freedom and finish them off with the Asylum 13.

Rocky Patel Freedom Robusto

Forgive me for the frequency of my Rocky Patel reviews, but the man puts out a ton of good cigars!  The Rocky Patel Freedom is a release that launched during the 2012 IPCPR show and first began shipping at the end of August.  It’s said to pack a lot of complexity, which is always a good thing in my book.  As for the whole Freedom theme, Patel used it to representative the smokers’ fight for freedom from anti-tobacco legislation that seems to be spreading like wildfire.  In the press release for the Freedom, Rocky Patel said, “I have spent a great deal of time in Washington fighting alongside others in our industry’s fight to preserve our rights to smoke cigars – this cigar is representative of that.”  Now that you know some of the Freedom’s background, it’s time to see what one of its Robusto selections has to offer.

Measuring in at 5 x 50, the Robusto is one of four sizes in the Rocky Patel Freedom line.  The other three include the 6 x 52 Toro, 6 x 60 “60”, and the 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo.  The interior of the cigar consists of a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The exterior, on the other hand, is made up Oscuro leaf.  The strength of the Rocky Patel Freedom is said to be medium to full-bodied.

I must say that the decorative band of the Rocky Patel Freedom is a looker.  It definitely has that patriotic feel with the red, white, and blue colors.  There are also some stars and stripes intermingled that almost makes the band look like the American flag.  The cigar itself has an inviting appearance thanks to its dark brown wrapper.  A good amount of oil sits on the surface.  The triple cap is nicely done and the cigar looks smooth overall.  Only a few minor veins are present.  I can tell that the Robusto is packed solid with tobacco.  There’s a rich pre-light aroma of cocoa, while the cold taste is sweet.

After lighting the Rocky Patel Freedom with ease, it sports a perfect draw.  The solid ash is dark gray.  In fact, it’s so dark, it almost approaches black in color.  The burn is terrific and requires absolutely no maintenance help from my lighter.  This is how a good cigar should burn.


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