Size: 5 x 50 ( Robusto )
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
Price: Right about $4.00 USD each
Behind The Stick:
Just like so many of Rocky Patel’s cigars – this cigar may actually end up being more than just another ‘notch on the belt’ but for some ( myself included ) the thought is that you can only produce so many cigars before they all just mesh into one another – figuratively speaking. Private blends, seasonal blends, limited editions, slight variations, B&M only, Online only, etc etc – you get my point. Some love this vast diversity within a niche market, and to be honest from a financial standpoint Rocky has got to be making some serious gains – but that being said, I began to feel as if the attention on each blend was also a bit diluted. Perhaps Rocky felt the same way and had a light bulb flash or perhaps this specific cigar just fit together well and got him focused but the Rocky Patel Exxtreme Sumatra has gotten rave reviews all across the board. Lets see what The Cigar Nut things about this smoke!
Rocky sure does know how to piece together a nice looking cigar! A very attractive cigar that has a slightly silky yet very enticing reddish hue to it that just required me to investigate further. Evenly packed from head to foot, well placed cap and a band removal to write home about. Kinda glad I don’t have anything negative to say on these!
A thick, almost dry smoke emerges from the first light reminding me of dry wood and coffee. This flavor was not bad, but the dry smoke caught me off guard each time – just an excuse to have an extra libation or two! Once the rough start is over, the Rocky Patel Exxtreme Sumatra really begins to shine – a very flavorful finish of cream, vanilla, wood and coffee mixed with an almost citrus like flavor and then a dash of spicy pepper to round it all out. These flavors, although fairly consistent, did have a little battle for what flavor would be in focus and what flavors were hiding in the corners which kept it interesting.
Rocky has done it again, he has created a solid, reasonably priced cigar. Not every cigar has to be a knock out of the park in regards to complexity – sometimes just doing something simple but well can achieve so much more. At $4.00 a pop, I can easily see this falling into regular rotation or even a ‘go to’ cheap smoke – yes, I was really that impressed. If you are looking for a budget smoke, something where you can have a great tasting cigar without devoting your main focus to the flavors or maybe your just a Rocky die hard fan – run out and grab a pair and give these a shot. If you have already had the chance to give these a try, please let me know what you thought!
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