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#nowsmoking: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Robusto

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#nowsmoking Classic Edition: Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Robusto Cigar Review

Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Cigar Review – Robusto

Factory: Tavicusa S.A. – Estelí, Nicaragua
Size: 5″ x 50 box-pressed
Strength: Medium-Plus
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Filler: Nicaraguan Estelí
Presentation: Box of 20 cigars

nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review at Famous Smoke ShopWhat’s the cigar’s back story. . .

Released in 2010, it didn’t take long for the Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary collection to bullet up the charts. In 2011 the Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Torpedo received a 93 rating score and landing in the #6 position of that year’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year. Two years later, the Robusto was also honored with a 93, finishing in the Top 25 Cigars of 2013 at #18.

#nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review robusto single cigar

Then came 2018 – the year the collection was given a presentation makeover. The color of the neck bands, which display the Rocky Patel logo above and brand name below, were changed to a shinier silver embossing that pops better against the cigars’ dark, oily wrapper. Additionally, the box was given an all-black outer with silver embossing, and an eye-catching silver background on the interior of the lid. However, the blend and production, which were supervised by Rocky’s ace tabaquero, Amilcar Perez Castro, remained untouched. That same year the Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Toro also made the Top 25 Cigars with a 92 rating.

#nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review by Gary Korb
#nowsmoking @famoussmokeshop: The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Robusto offers a sweet-spicy, full-flavored smoke with some snappy change-ups.

The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary collection is rolled in the traditional Cuban entubar rolling method using Nicaraguan Estelí fillers, Jalapa binder, a spectacular Ecuador Havana seed wrapper, and box pressed. In addition to the Robusto featured in this review, the line also includes a Toro (6½”x52), Sixty (6″x60), and a Torpedo (6⅛”x52) presented in boxes of 20 cigars.
When three of the four sizes have received the kind of accolades cited above, there’s no doubt, you’re dealing with a true classic. And as Mark Weissenberger, VP of Marketing for Rocky Patel Premium Cigars noted, “For years, the Fifteenth Anniversary has succeeded because of its character, strength and complexity.”

How well is the cigar made?

#nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review construction well made

Impeccably. The box-pressing had a sharply squared appearance. The wrapper was flawless; even in color throughout, seamlessly rolled, and finished with a triple seam cap that revealed a perfect draw when cut. I tasted a mix of sweet tobacco, cocoa, and cedar in the cold draw.

How does the cigar smoke?

The cigar smoked like a classic should. The smoke offered plenty of volume and out of the gate provided a bold, peppery mix. That was just the overture to get your taste buds warmed-up. Just shy of the one-inch mark, the chorus line of bold spice divides, making room for the delectably sweeter notes to descend the stairway.

Early on, the burn on my cigar was negatively affected by the windy day. Rocky was inside and his burned like a charm revealing a firm, almost solid grey ash. Then, for whatever reason, the last third of my robusto set a straight and narrow course. I can also attest that I had another RP Fifteenth Robusto several days later and the burn was perfect from end-to-end.

#nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review robusto down to the nub

The last two acts were even more flavorful. Still mostly sweet and spicy to my palate, I did note some cocoa, coffee, a sliver of molasses and some sweet spice on the finish. The occasional squeak of pepper offered some snappy change-ups, too. And by the final third, the body and strength had improved significantly, but were far from heady or overpowering.

What is the cigar’s flavor profile?

Mainly sweet and spicy following a bold entrance. All of the flavors were well-balanced with base notes of nutmeg, cedar, coffee, sweet tobacco and pepper. Retrohales were impressively smooth revealing more of the cocoa note. The nub flavors were earthier and spicier yet maintained a relatively sweet finish.

What drink can I pair with this cigar besides coffee?

If you watch the video, I brought a bottle of Offley Tawny Porto, a very affordable Port which I was afraid might be too sweet with the Fifteenth, but it complemented the cigar very well. Rocky, who enjoys whiskey with his cigars had a glass of Laphroaig with his Robusto.

#nowsmoking Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar review pairing whiskey and cigars

Find more cigar and drink pairing combinations here.

Should I buy this cigar?

Definitely, especially if you’ve got a few notches on your gun belt. It’s not that the more newly initiated wouldn’t like this cigar, although it could be a little much for some; it’s more like their palate may not be developed enough to truly appreciate the flavor nuances that simmer within. And at $11+ (at press time), it may be a little out of their budget’s comfort zone. Yet, taking into account the myriad flavors, superb burn, and with nearly one hour of smoking time, it’s well worth the price.


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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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