Rocky Patel Decade 10th Anniversary – Box Pressed
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Nose: Aroma’s of Cigar. Very little aroma-lift from the wrapper.
Black Pepper. The foot is earthy.
Construction: Loose pack at mid-stick. Very soft.
Ignition: Lights Easily. Stays lit until the half-way point.
Ash: Dark Gray. Fell within the 1st 3rd; repeatedly fell quickly throughout the smoking experience.
Burn /Endurance: Expired at the 1/2 and again within minutes. Needs regular attention. Went out again 1/2″ before the label.
Room Aroma: Heavy Tobacco.
Taste: Black Pepper at the start. Nuttiness through most of the stick. The cigar didn’t reveal the tasting notes suggested on the website.
MouthFeel: Smoke clings to the palate. Sticks like glue to the hard-palate. Becomes bitter past the half.
Nicotine: Heavy. Got a buzz at the 1/2 and with a stronger buzz a couple of puffs after.
Conclusion: Visually, it’s a pretty cigar. Nice dual-label. Thin veins. Smooth hand-feel.
So for appearance, the Rocky Patel Decade is visually appealing
However, the smoking experience started falling apart before the 1/2 way point. The Rocky Patel Decade needed several re-lights. When it went out for the 3rd time – didn’t make it much past the 1/2 way point – so did my enthusiasm for the cigar.
And it’s not just because of the re-light issues. The cigar is one-dimensional, meaning a variety of taste/aromas didn’t develop through the cigar.
It started & stayed with pepper spice without ever revealing anything else.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Perfection takes time. For the Rocky Patel Decade, it’s the perfect blend 10 years in the making. The Decade showcases a rare, gorgeous Sumatra wrapper surrounding a secret blend, featuring only the finest tobaccos in the world. The result is a rich and toasty medium-to-full-bodied smoking experience with flavors consisting of espresso, dark chocolate, sweet spice, white pepper with a silky smooth finish. Complexity, balance and elegance earned the Rocky Patel Decade rating of 95 points. It’s an instant classic. Truly one of the best cigars ever made.”