Cigar Review – Rocky Patel 55

We recently received a box of Rocky Patel 55, a new release from Rocky Patel and Co. out of Esteli, Nicaragua factory.

Rocky Patel 55 – a multinational blend

This is a multinational blend consisting of Nicaragua and Costa Rican tobaccos.    This cigar was created to honor Rocky’s 55th birthday (this year!) and is part of the Artisan series.

Right from the start, the draw on this cigar is good, producing a good heft of sweet smelling smoke.  There is definitely a plum taste to it. The cigar feels thicker and better packed than the softer counterpart the Rocky Patel platinum. Hits of sweet cocoa light up the first few puffs.

As the cigar burns fairly evenly, the softness of the flavors really accent the smoking experience.  Unlike the Decade or the 15th, the 55 is much smoother.

Developing flavors include light cocoa or chocolate, almost like baking chocolate. Still with the easy draw. i’m really enjoying this cigar more than I thought I would.

The middle and final third produce

The burn line required a few touch ups, but was solid most of the way through.

baking chocolate. Definite baking chocolate.  Spice joins an earthy core for a medium finish that’s rather unique in that it lingers just on the palate without quite being annoying.

It’s a higher price point for a Rocky, but I feel it’s justified

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Wine review – Wente 1883 Cabernet Sauvignon – 2013

This is a celebratory blend to commemorate the formation of two

great American Icons in both grocers and wine making.   Kroger and Wente both found their way onto the scene in America during the year 1883 and have had a bit of a partnership as Icons in their respective industries.

I’ll be honest.  Much of what I’m seeing in the grocery stores that passes for wines from California does little to thrill me.  Perhaps it’s years of living in the Bay Area and having access to much of the wine up front, or having access to inexpensive wines that were under priced.

The Wente Cab isn’t a bad Cabernet.  Fruit flavors and cherry from the get go start off the wine.  It’s a deep red in color.  The nose of this wine is light, but the berry tartness can be picked up easily.  The wine has a mellow flavor, almost like that mulled wine flavor I keep picking up in CA wines that I buy from the grocer.  I did manage to pair it with tritip from the cast iron, and that helped.

This is not a disparaging review by any means.  I have had a ton of wines from California (particularly from Underground Cellar and Firstleaf)  and this wine serves as an excellent table wine with friends.

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Underwood cellars sparkling NV Rose

It’s nice to go where they remember you even after you haven’t visited in eons!  I picked up another can of wine.  Yes, you read that right.  

Underwood Cellars is located in Oregon and is part of the Union Wine Company. 

The folks at Wahoo Wine and Provisions keep Underwood Cellars cans of wine in stock and out of my own natural curiosity I had to try one.  I’ve had the Cabernet Savignon, the Pinot Noir and now I’m trying the Sparkling Rose.

I have to be honest.  The snob in me is disgusted LOL!

PInk Sparkling Rose…

But honestly?  This is one of the better cans of wine I’ve had in a long time. In fact, for a rose, since I’m not overly fond of those to begin with, it was pretty tasty.  The nose was typical, but the flavors were lingering tart cherry, blueberry and almost a candy heart sugariness that’s oddly light and refreshing.

I’ll go back for the other two cans mentioned and do reviews on them when I can.

The bubbles are light and approachable without being too dry

Big takeaway here?  Oregon is known for stellar Pinots.  But wine in a can?

Blew my mind too, but remember, a can of wine is HALF A BOTTLE haha!

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Platinum

We got this cigar in recently at Got Cigars?  in Decatur and I was curious.  I haven’t had a Rocky in a good long while, on purpose.  

The first thing to note is the very clean lines on this box pressed cigar. Habano wrapper- guessing Ecuadorian Habano.

Rocky Patel Platinum – at Got Cigars? in Decatur, GA

Pre-light flavors include deep raisin, almost sweetness. Some hints of wood, and leather. The pull is easy. A rich, chocolate, blemish free wrapper graces the cigar.

Used a straight cut. The green and silver band are a nice touch.

Right off the top, oak and spice, like a coarse black pepper. Bit of wood. Easy draw. Plenty of grey smoke. Smoke has a pepper smell to it, black.

This isn’t as robust as say, the RP Decade. It’s a little mellower. The burn line isn’t clearly even but I expect the cigar to correct itself or only require a small touch up. I’m anal about my cigars burning evenly.

The ash didn’t hold on. It feel pretty quickly. During the first third, the flavors sweeten a little, becoming more open to that raisin/plum-like note I hinted to earlier. The burn line has mostly evened out. Draw is easy. Feel in my fingers is a little softer than I’m used to. We did just open the box the other day.

The cigar gains some additional red pepper flake flavors, along with mellow sweetness before a bite comes across the palate. Not a harsh or bad thing, just maybe that black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.

Once I touched up the burn line, the cigar burned evenly. This is around the start of the second third.

The flavors continue to mellow slightly. Overall, a good cigar. Burn line did stay even. Mellow, almost mulled wine finish mixed in with hints of white pepper. I picked up dry oak on the middle third of the cigar and the white pepper intensified.

Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

I first had this cigar at Highland Cigar Company last year when it was a newer release. Chai had me give it a whirl and see what’s what.

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Churchill – at Got Cigars?

The short version about the RP Sun Grown Maduro is that.  A Broadleaf wrapper is draped over dual binders and Nicaraguan filler.  I expect some sweetness to come through, depending on Patel treated his Broadleaf wrappers.

The mainstay of this cigar is that the flavors start off with cocoa and spice.  Construction is pretty spot on for this6X52 vitola.   Hints of creaminess come through, along with pepper and cinnamon. The cigar feels light in my fingers but it’s well constructed enough that the ash hangs on for a good quarter inch.   This is a more medium to full bodied cigar with a very eye appealing wrapper.  Continuing on the simplicity, the band is also lacking in intricacies but that’s not a strike. Sometimes, simplicity is king.

I’l have more photos for this blog post later.

Overall, it’s a good addition to Rocky’s lineup.

 

Selling premium bundles

5X50 Bundle Robustos. Selling them in 20 packs.

I came into a small stash of cigars that I don’t have any room for and I have been told I can sell for a fair price.

These robustos come 20 in a bundle for $100 (prices go up in March) and are 5X50. Flavor profile is slight notes of white pepper, black pepper, touch of leather with a medium finish. Good draw, good construction.

I don’t know much about the blends other than the tobacco is aged 3-5 years and they’re not crap.  I’ve smoked a few to test quality, cause hey, who isn’t up for a free cigar?
Fill out the form below if you’re interested on having something you can smoke for about 45 minutes to maybe an hour, that’s got good flavor and solid construction.

Cigar Review: CAO Flathead v660 carb

This is a cigar I first tried at Highland Cigar Company back several months ago as it was a release from 2017’s IPCPR.  The line, inspired by hotrods and muscle cars, came out from CAO as a tribute to the hot rod craze, as even the boxes come with pinup girls and artwork attributed to the engines.

CAO Flathead v660 Carb

Created by General Cigar’s Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna, the Flathead 660 is a bulky, jet black box pressed cigar with no veins, a simple red and silver band with the frontmark present.  A quick cold draw from punch at the cap gives us dried plums and dark fruits.

Lighting up the cigar presents us bittersweet cocoa and chocolate notes, a touch of pepper.  As the cigar smokes, the flavors intensify and I start to taste the dark fruit, though I’m unable to identify it.  (My problem, not the cigars)  Closing with a medium finish, the spices increase in intensity, making this a great value cigar that definitely lives up to the hype.