The Rocky Patel line has always drawn me towards it, ever since the first one I had from his line. Correct me if I am wrong, but Rocky seems to come out with the most cigars, on a regular basis. From a Spring collection, Summer collection, Fall collection is in the works and I have heard they are bringing out more cigars (small production) more then we may think. Every time I hear about him, a new city, a new state, promoting his ‘newest line of cigars’ and I have to say, I like it.
The Rocky Patel 1999 Vintage was actually one of the first cigars I ever had, and since a viewer had said it seems like most of your cigars are medium to full body. I went to the shop and started looking around at the mild cigars, and as always, the bright gold lettering on the Rocky Patel boxes caught my eye. As I perused the line, the double white band of the 1999 Connecticut brought back the memories of my first few cigars. I had to get another.
Every cigar has a story, every smoke a memory.
As with all Connecticut shade wrappers, the cigar seemed a little brittle but did not crack or break. There were a few soft spots running down the middle but they never caused an issue.
Light wood taste, noticed the first sweet undertone
The first third was filled with a sudden rush of flavor, which I am not used to. Wood and a nutty flavor, much like a cashew, seemed to coat my taste buds and were very easy to pull out and distinguish. The smoke from this third, and actually the entire cigar, seemed to have a certain thick, buttery feel. I know it sounds odd, but the smoke seemed to be thicker, but not necessarily larger in volume.
The second third is pretty much a continuation of the first, Wood and Nut notes remain in the foreground while leather and sweet notes show themselves every so often. Not too much of a change at this point.
The last third rounded up the cigar with Nuts and Wood, the leather taste from earlier becoming more prominent with each puff. Over all it has a nice well balanced feel and the buttery effect from the smoke has started to dry out my mouth.
I really like this cigar for a morning smoke, but I will always get a coffee when having these from now on. The buttery feel was nice at first, the smoke seemed to keep the flavor on your pallet but started to dry out my mouth at the end. This was not an overly complex cigar, but it was a great way to start off the morning. I will purchase another, but not my go to cigar.