The RP 50 is Rocky Patel's entry into the $20+ market. I tried to go into this review with an open mind but couldn't stop thinking, "$22.00 for a Rocky Patel? Really?"
Lets see if it's worth the price tag.
- deep dark chocolate wrapper that is smooth with minimal veins
- has a rich barnyard aroma with a brown sugar undertone
- a nice box press that makes it easy to hold and look at
- opens with a rich tobacco core spiced with espresso
- lots of coco and cream. smooth with no spice at all so far
- sweet espresso and a touch of spice on the retrohale at the half way point
- burn line wavers but corrects itself without any touchups
- a fruit flavor of raisin makes an appearnce mixing with the chocolate flavors nicely
- still very smooth almost no bite at all
- more espresso with some dark brown sugar flavors in the last third
Tunneled on me in the last 1 1/2 inch tried a relight but tasted really bitter, purge didn't help.
Very disappointed as this smoke tasted pretty good until it went south on me. Bottom line is this was a very good smoke. Right in line with the Rocky Vintage line and his Sun Grown. If I were ignoring price and assuming that this was just a bad role I would give it a potential 91. But when I consider how much I paid for this smoke and that it really wasn't much better than a Vintage 1992 I have to give it an 87 IMHO. I'd recommend trying one (just to say you did) and then spending your next $20 bucks on a My Father LE.