Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo

With a shiny dark brown corojo wrapper and box-pressed robusto shape, Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve may be one of the more inviting cigars I’ve smoked in a while.

I must say that the box-pressed shape always makes me happy! I don’t know why, but I like the way they smoke, and I like the way they feel in my mouth.

 This $4 Honduran beauty was sent to me a few weeks ago by the good people at Thompson Cigars, and has been peacefully resting in my humidor since.

Sniffing the wrapper reveals a smoky, earthy character that seems to fit the looks of this beauty to a T!

Construction was very nice, no nicks or dings and the structure was firm and even. No soft spots and not at all spongy.

Striking fire to any cigar usually means busting out a Zippo for me. Lots of “Aficionados” will tell you that this is a terrible way to light a puro. The oil in the lighter adds a considerable amount of impurities and flavor to the flame.

Normally, I like this. It’s just how I like my cigars. But for you, I chose to light this stick with my Xikar torch lighter to ensure I didn’t add any flavor.

This cigar smoked very well, although it did burn somewhat unevenly. Noting terrible, just a little slanted. There was no need to torch the side to even it out or anything, it just wasn’t a perfect burn.

The ash was a little flakey, but structurally sound. I think you would be safe smoking this cigar in a suit or in the car.

The flavor of a Rocky Patel is never a letdown, and even the wife took a puff and said it wasn’t bad.

The flavors of wood and nuts carry the cigar, but there are hints of coffee, leather and spice. The medium-full flavor profile is complex and fulfilling. I didn’t find it overpowering, but I should note that I did smoke this cigar outside.

With it’s combination of shape, smokability and price, I’d say that the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve  (Available HERE) certainly makes my “Buy List” for occasional smoking.

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