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Monday, 15 August 2011

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Four New Cigars from Rocky Patel


There was no shortage of new cigar announcements during July’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. One of the busier brands during the trade show was Rocky Patel, as it announced several new releases to those in attendance. Here are four of them for you to look out for:

Vintage 2003

Rocky Patel decided to capitalize off the success of his Vintage 1990, 1992, and 1999 lines by creating the Vintage 2003. The cigar has an eight year old filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos plus a Nicaraguan binder. Capping off the composition is an aged Cameroon wrapper that helps add extra complexity to the overall profile. Cedar, coffee, nuts, and sweet spice are some of the flavors you can expect when smoking this medium-bodied release.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 comes in boxes of 20 and has a suggested retail price of $7.55 to $10.80 per single. Look for it in one of the following sizes: the 5 ½ x 50 Robusto, 6 ¼ x 52 Torpedo, 6 ½ x 52 Toro, 6 x 60 Sixty, and the 7 x 48 Churchill.

Rocky Patel Fifty

The Fifty is a special line, as it celebrates Rocky Patel’s fiftieth birthday. Patel took four years to perfect the blend which consists of eight year old tobaccos. It begins with a secret Nicaraguan filler. The two binders used to conceal the filler are secret as well. Last, but not least, is a hand-selected Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper that comes from the tobacco plant’s unique seventh priming.

The Rocky Patel Fifty offers plenty of flavorful enjoyment and complexity via notes of dark chocolate, espresso, sweet spice, and white pepper. Its strength is listed as medium to full-bodied. The cigar is limited and pricy, with a suggested retail price ranging between $19 and $22 per single. It comes in boxes of 20 in the following sizes: the 5 ½ x 50 Robusto, 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo, and 6 ½ x 52 Toro. To show you just how limited the cigar is, each box is numbered 1/2000 (according to its shape.)

Thunder by Nimish

Rocky Patel’s cousin, Nimish, is the man responsible for creating this line that also bears his name. During the several years that Nimish worked for the brand, he always wanted to have a blend good enough that he could stamp his name on. With the Thunder line, his dream finally came true.

The Thunder features a filler blend of tobaccos from Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The binder is Honduran and Nicaraguan, and a Habano wrapper serves as the final piece of the puzzle. The Thunder is said to be complex with notes of espresso, white pepper, spice and sweetness. It is listed as being medium to full-bodied in strength.

The cigar has a suggested retail price of $5.50 to $5.95 per single. It comes in boxes of 20 in one of three sizes: the 4 ½ x 54 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, and 6 ¼ x 52 Torpedo.

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