Brand: Rocky Patel Country: Honduras
Size: 7 x 48 Wrapper: Maduro
Price: $8.90 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
Despite being rather plain, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 has an attractive label. The deep red and gold of the label really stands out against the dark brown maduro wrapper, giving a very classy appearance to an already distinguished looking stick. If this guy smoked cigars, it was probably the RP Vintage 1990. And for the record, I have no idea who that is, I just googled “distinguished” and he popped up. I doubt he was smoking cigars post 1990 though… or living.
What We Liked:
I have a soft spot for Rocky Patel. When I first joined the ranks of cigar smokers, I was in a rut. I didn’t know enough when walking into a B&M so I would just buy what I knew; CAO Golds. It wasn’t until a friend recommended the Rocky Patel Edge that I realized there was a whole other world of cigars out there. Without the RP Edge, I don’t know if I would still be smoking cigars today. Thanks Rocky.
Typically for our reviews, we each smoke the cigar under review and then write. Thanks to our friends at Truetobacco.com, who provided us a 5-pack of the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, we were each able to smoke a couple to get a better feel for the stick. Each and every one we smoked had excellent construction, with silky draws and razor sharp burns.
My only experience with Rocky Patel before smoking this cigar was The Edge. I was expecting the Vintage 1990 to have a similar flavor explosion to The Edge. Not so. No explosions. This cigar’s flavors were more muted and the only real predominate flavor was of black coffee. If only they could have blended in some CoffeeMate Hazelnut creamer, my review might have a different tone.
Other than coffee, there isn’t a whole lot I was able to pick up from the stick. There was never any spice and it smokes smooth all the way to the nub. It’s like smoking a Budweiser. The flavors are not offensive and I can easily drink it, but it’s difficult to find a compelling reason to do so.
What We Didn’t Like:
This cigar made me insecure. All the other reviews I find online seem to sing this cigars praises as a smooth, chocolate-y dream of a smoke. My reaction: Meh. The flavor dial seemed to be stuck at a 3 and the whole time I just wanted to crank it up.
Frankly, there isn’t a lot to NOT like, there simply isn’t enough to it. The whole experience of smoking this cigar left me wanting more flavor.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Maybe but probably not. For the price, there are certainly cigars that I would always buy instead. However, if you have a friend in town who is new to the world of cigars, I think this would be a great stick to start them off with. You don’t need to worry about it scaring them away with overwhelming or unpleasant flavors.
Interested in trying the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990? You can buy it here.