Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 16 December 2013

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Today's issue is going to focus on two pretty interesting smokes - the Rocky Patel II-XXVI first and the CZ Cigars Core Zero Indie. Both have a lot of promise, and should prove pretty interesting to smoke.

Rocky Patel II-XXVI

Rocky Patel is known for great cigars and I always approach a review of a Rocky with a good deal of anticipation - it usually means I am in for a good smoke. I expect nothing less of the Rocky Patel II-XXVI, or 2/26 - named for the great Rocky Patel's date of birth (he was born on 2/26/1961). Rocky is pretty prolific in his cigar production, and a large part of that has to do with the great demand. Will this one be worth a birthday celebration? It is quite a hype to live up to. Let's find out.

The II-XXVI comes in three different sizes: Robusto, Toro, and Torpedo, measuring 5 1/2 x 50, 6 1/2 x 52, and 6 1/8 x 52 respectively. I'm running with the Robusto for this one. It comes out of the Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. factory in Nicaragua, and has an interesting filler comprised of a mix of Brazilian Mata Fina, Nicaraguan Condega and Ometepe, and Honduran Jamastran Valley leaf. This, in turn, is covered in a Mexican San Andres' binder and wrapped in Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco. Rumor has it that this is Rocky's favorite combo - which makes sense given it is his birthday stogie. It is advertised as medium to full bodied. Looking at the mixture of tobacco, I am going to guess it will be more on the full side of things.

This is a beautiful cigar. I like my stogies big and dark with veins, and this one does not disappoint. It has a rich brown leather look with some small veining throughout. It is superbly constructed, with just a little give to the touch. There is some oil, which is an added bonus for me. The aroma of the cigar is a mix of cherry and warm buttered toast. Delicious. A pre-lit cold draw gives off hints of earthiness, leather, and chocolate.

Once lit, there are very little complaints from me. A few touch ups here and there, but not too many for a smoke that lasts roughly an hour and a half. The ash is solid and holds up well past the first third. Enough smoke to keep me happy and overall a smooth draw - spot on.

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