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Monday, 08 July 2013

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Today’s pair of Puff.com cigar reviews will focus on the Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012 and the Nestor Miranda 70th LE Nicaragua.

Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012 Robusto

Rocky Patel first hit us with a Winter Collection release back in 2009.  That, like many other Rocky Patel offerings, was well-received by cigar fans.  His latest edition, the Winter Collection 2012, is said to be one of the brand’s best ever seasonal releases.  Of course, they usually say that about most recent editions of everything, so it’s really not much of a surprise.  With that being said, is the Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012 that good?  It’s time to light up one of its Robusto selections to find out.

The Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012 Robusto measures 5 ½ x 50.  It’s one of three sizes in the seasonal line, with the other two being the 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo and the 6 ½ x 52 Toro.  The cigar has quite the interesting composition made up of tobaccos from around the world.  The filler contains tobaccos from Nicaragua and Panama, while the double binder consists of Costa Rican and San Andres leaves.  Topping it all off is an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.  As far as strength is concerned, the Winter Collection 2012 is listed as a full-bodied cigar.

Right off the bat I am impressed with the appearance of the Winter Collection 2012 Robusto.  The slightly box-pressed shape looks great and the pair of bands really stand out.  The top band features the Rocky Patel logo while the smaller band beneath it showcases the Winter Collection 2012 name.  Both bands feature a silver, purple, and black color scheme that looks sharp.  The milk chocolate colored wrapper looks good and sports just a bit of oil on the surface.  There are a few medium-sized veins that run throughout the body.  I feel no soft spots and notice no real imperfections.  The cigar appears to have solid construction.  Then again, this has usually been the case with Rocky Patel cigars that I have smoked in the past.  Before lighting I pick up an aroma of spice and earth, while the cold taste is of coffee.

In terms of the burn of the Winter Collection 2012, I have virtually no complaints.  The cigar lights easily and provides a draw that is just right.  The dark gray ash is compact and I don’t have to perform any touch-ups throughout the entire smoking experience.  There’s also plenty of thick smoke.  No re-lights are needed.






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