Cigar Review: Decade from Rocky Patel
Review by Luc Blanchard, Official MMC Reviewer (@mysticks35mm)
Decade from Rocky Patel
Size: Robusto 5 x 50
Wrapper – Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder – Nicaraguan
Filler – Honduran
Strength 🥖🥖🥖🥖- -
Bakers spices (cinnamon, cloves)
This well rolled box pressed beauty has a silky and very oily dark brown wrapper. The predominant aromas are cocoa and cherry. A straight cut leads us to medium draw.
No more than 10 puffs and it’s quite strong in flavor. A toasted wood quality is at the front as the retro gives way to some cocoa values. There is also a sweet pepper taste on an already oily pallet. Very pleasing especially at a ¼” in.
Well into the 1/3 and the wood has a complex feel of caramel, reminiscent of a dark bourbon. The retro produces a mineral value and lingers with a rather long finish. Ending the 1/3 and a very complex stick indeed. Consistent with the addition of a strong cocoa/cinnamon on the retro.
Into the 2/3 and I feel I have to regroup as the profile of this cigar is a cornucopia of flavors and changes. Slow burning and straight as well, there is still a light wood value with flavors that are still reminiscent of a sweet oaky spirit. The retrohale is where it’s at, with a magnifying effect and a baker's spice/pepper finish.
The 3/3 finds me with a significant increase in pepper, especially felt on a very sweet and oily pallet. The flavors are consistent on the forefront as the retro proves to be the point of interest as bakers spices of cinnamon and cloves collide in harmony. The nub finishes as a pepper bomb.
Hats off to Mr Patel as usual, you may disappoint me one day! However tonight will not be that time!
Note: The background in the photos is Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti LP
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