Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Review



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Wrapper: Honduran Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Robusto 5.5″ x 50

I hate to admit the fact, but I have been slacking in the reviews as of late. So much so that when digging through my generously stocked humidor, I realized it I haven’t enjoyed a premium cigar in over a month. Work has kept me on the run and out of the cigar lounge. With this realization I decided I wanted something I had never tried. Not just referring the line of cigar, but something from a manufacturer who is foreign to me. With this thought I reached for the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 robusto. I quickly took a look at the Rocky Patel Website which I must add is very well done and I really enjoyed watching Rocky himself tell me about how his cigars are made. The following is an excerpt from the Rocky Patel site and describes the 1990 Vintage in their words. My thoughts on the cigar will follow. Let’s see how close the two are…

PATEL SITE WORDING “Don’t let the dark wrapper fool you. The Vintage 1990 is a mild-to medium-body cigar with a nutty, caramel essence. This line is highlighted by a 12-year-old Honduran broadleaf wrapper that has softened in strength over the years yet gained in complexity and flavour. Renowned for its elegance and balance, the Vintage 1990 features the unrivalled accolades of a 92 rating and twice being named to the Top 25 Cigars of the Year in C/A Magazine”

Okay, now that the cigar is in smoke heaven, I shall relate my time spent with the Vintage1990.  First off it clearly states on the back of the cellophane wrapper that it is in fact a robusto 5.5″ x 50 ring gauge. Now I didn’t have a ring gauge handy but there was no way that thing was 50 / 64ths of an inch in diameter and I would refer to it as a “Corona” rather than “Robusto”. I would also place it more at about a 44 or even 42 rather than 50. Either way it was nicely box pressed and had two outstanding burgundy / wine colour bands on it.

Down to business. The cigar was nearly black in colour. It was much darker than the Patel site shows it to be online. The cigar was built impeccably, despite a few veins in the wrapper it was tight and had a clean cut foot. When I went for the guillotine cut the cap did not come off clean and required a second cut. First pre light draw left me with some loose, dry tobacco on the end of my tongue. Nothing crazy on the pre light draw. I lit it up and let it burn away for a few minutes. Throughout the first third, the Vintage ‘90 burnt fairly even and didn’t require any touch ups. The draw was consistent and not a laborious event. It kept the smoke cool while remaining a reasonable draw. Soon the flavours of Christmas eggnog sprinkled with nutmeg crept in and played off the palate. It was unbelievably smooth and mild. A pleasure throughout the first third.

Into the second third the draw opened up even more and began to billow off clouds of smoke that would have made a coal fired freight train turn green with envy. The flavour developed to have just the slightest hint of spice to it. I noted it became almost a maduro type of flavour with a raisin like sweetness as well. It was somewhere between mild to medium body at this point and still a very enjoyable cigar. The construction was also noted as being flawless. Into the last third, the Vintage ‘90 mellowed right out and became a smooth operator just as it had started out. The flavour remained that of a mild maduro with a nutmeg / coffee like finish to it.

Overall the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 was a real treat to smoke. It was mild enough that it could be an “anytime cigar” but complex enough that I would not soon tire of smoking them. I would gladly add a couple more of these to my humidor to enjoy when I just want to relax with a smooth, tasty and mellow cigar. Looks to me like the Rocky Patel site has their product advertised very accurately based off the Vintage 1990 that I had. I’m in total agreement with their statement about the 1990. After the thorough review I rated this cigar at 88 out of 100. Very enjoyable and I would put this on my memorable list of cigars to recommend.

~ Les

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