Rocky Patel lived and worked in Los Angeles as an entertainment and product liability lawyer when he was first introduced to the world of cigars. After helping found the Grand Havana Club, he was approached with a business plan to begin manufacturing cigars.
In 1996 at the RTDA trade show in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Indian Tabac Cigar Co. had arrived. Despite the misgivings of his peers, Rocky felt that it was up to young and innovative companies to bring fresh ideas, bold packaging, and fuller cigars, to a marketplace which was resting on its laurels.
Now, with the cigar brand which bears his name, Rocky Patel has proven the naysayers wrong and created a smoking empire of his own. Here are some of Rocky Patel’s best cigars, his most impressive blends. Note: pricing may have changed since the last update of this article.
The Best Rocky Patel Cigars
Rocky Patel Decade Emperor
Released to celebrate ten years of Rocky Patel cigars, the Decade line contains the meaty six inch by 60 ring gauge Emperor. The largest cigar in the line, the Emperor is rolled with aged Nicaraguan long fillers and capped off with a lush Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper for complexity.
With a pre-light aroma of cherries and chocolate, once alight this incredible smoke brings flavors of cocoa, nuts, and cream with a long, spicy finish and not a trace of harshness. Soft to the touch and a delight to smoke, this decadent offering is easy to recommend.
Pack of 5: $68.99 / Box of 20 – $306.00
Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition
Released in 2018, the ALR Second Edition has been called one of Rocky Patel’s finest and most memorable releases to date. Rolled at Rocky’s TAVICUSA factory in Nicaragua, these box-pressed cigars come with the best fillers from Rocky’s own farms and are lovingly wrapped in a dark, oily Mexican San Andres wrapper before being aged in cedar for two whole years.
Once you light one of these beautiful cigars – if indeed you can find one today (the “R” stands for “Rare” after all) – you are saturated in big bold flavors which will take you on an eclectic journey through earth, dark fruit, toasted wood, and espresso.
Pack of 5: $70 / Box of 20: $264
Rocky Patel The Edge Corojo Torpedo
Created from choice aged premium tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras and meticulously rolled and finished with a Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper, this cigar boasts incredible flavor, complexity, and aroma that experienced smokers will love.
The flavor is rich and leathery, with notes of caramel and cocoa, and virtually no bite. A few inches into the cigar is where its complexity really begins, and the variations in flavor at this stage are what set this cigar apart from its peers leading you to a dry and long finish with just a hint of pepper.
Pack of 5: $37 / Box of 20 – $148
Rocky Patel Vintage Connecticut ’99 Torpedo
If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxing and milder cigars, the Rocky Patel Vintage Connecticut ’99 Torpedo might be just the smoking treat you need. A mellow strength cigar crafted from delicious Honduras fillers and finished with a luxurious Connecticut shade wrapper.
It’s rare to find a mild cigar which can pack in this much flavor, but the Vintage Connecticut ’99 manages just that. A simple blend produces a complex smoke which will dazzle your palate with creamy, caramelized sensations of toasted nuts and sweet tobacco notes.
Pack of 5: $54 / Box of 20 – $223.00
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