Cigar Ratings & Reviews

#NowSmoking: Rocky Patel Disciple

Reading Time: 4 minutes

#NowSmoking: Rocky Patel Disciple Cigar Review (Video)


Rocky Patel Disciple – Cigar Details

Factory: Tabacalera Villa Cuba, SA  Esteli, Nicaragua
Size: (3 ½” x 46)) Half Corona
Strength: Medium to Full
Wrapper: Mexico San Andres maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Presented in boxes of 20

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - at famous smoke shop

Rocky Patel Disciple Backstory

Rocky Patel released Disciple in September 2021 stating, “… we’ve never produced anything that more rigorously adheres to our high standards and dedication to quality…” and followed up with a line extension a short few months later in early 2022. And it’s this new vitola—a 3 ½” x 46 Half Corona that I’ll be reviewing today.

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - setup shot of cigars with box in backgroundThe Disciple Half Corona is striking because of its size— and my initial thoughts are this might be a great cigar for a quick smoke break or for when the weather turns cold. Frankly, it’s one of the smaller cigars I’ve come across in a while. The blend remains the same though—a Mexican San Andres maduro wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers—and comes in boxes of 20.

Before I put flame to foot, I can’t help but wonder how quickly I’d burn through the Disciple Half Corona and whether or not I’d be left wanting more. Could I get the full cigar experience with less cigar?

Now, let’s find out what the Rocky Patel Disciple Half Corona has in store.


Cigar Basics:

Construction: Wrapper was dark brown, toothy, and rustic.
Cold Draw: Black pepper, leather, and cedar.
Base flavors: Black pepper, coffee, earth.
Aroma: Rich tobacco.
Burn & Ash: No issues.


Rocky Patel Disciple Review – Part 1

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - part 1The Disciple Half Corona begins with a shot of black pepper across the bow which is soon followed by a volley of cedar. Before long dry earth enters the mix and holds the line until a hint of sweetness appears towards the end of the beginning (third).

At this point, the Rocky Patel Disciple is medium in body and strength. With a rich flavor profile right off the bat, I can see Disciple Half Corona filling out into a powerhouse small cigar.

Let’s see how it plays out in the second section.


Rocky Patel Disciple Review – Part 2

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - part 2I’m approaching the halfway point and the Disciple Half Corona is gaining steam and approaching full throttle. The hint of sweetness I spoke about in the first third has bloomed into a confectionery sweet note. What I mean by that is the sweet note is not reminiscent of fruit, rather toffee or caramel. The black pepper remains strong and espresso, or black coffee, join in with the base flavors.

Construction has been spot-on thus far as the strength and body builds to medium-plus. Although it looks small, the Disciple Half Corona packs a punch and should not be smoked too aggressively.

Let’s see how it wraps up in the finale.


Rocky Patel Disciple Review – Part 3

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - part 3I’m into the final third and the Disciple Half Corona’s profile remains balanced and rich. No new flavors come into play, but the sweetness recedes just about as quickly as it came into the picture. The main flavors remain as black pepper, strong coffee, and dry earth.

As the Disciple comes to a close, the word that most comes to mind is bold. Don’t be fooled by its appearance—this smaller vitola packs a confident punch.


What beverage pairs well with Rocky Patel Disciple cigars?

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - drink pairingA softer bourbon—think wheat in the mash bill as opposed to rye—like Larceny or Maker’s Mark, either neat or on the rocks, goes well with the Disciple Half Corona.

For non-alcoholic options old standbys like coffee, Dr. Pepper, or water certainly will do the trick.

For additional pairing combinations, check out our Cigar & Spirit pairing guide.


Are Rocky Patel Disciple cigars worth smoking?

Rocky Patel Disciple Half Corona manages to squeeze the experiences of a larger size cigar into a compact vitola. Despite its small size, there is a progression of flavors, and the Disciple maintains balance and ideal construction with no touch-ups needed.

cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review rocky patel disciple - nubFans of the other Disciple sizes should give the half corona a try. Also, those who like fuller-bodied maduros would enjoy this cigar. And finally, with winter approaching, Rocky Patel Disciple Half Corona could be a perfect choice when you’re looking for a cigar but want to minimize your time outside in the cold.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 month ago

Very interesting, will have to put on the to try list.

Jared Gulick
1 month ago
Reply to  Howard

Let us know what you think, Howard!

Paul Lukens

Paul Lukens


Paul first fell in love with the leaf back in college, where he majored in Philosophy (yes, seriously). Upon graduating, Paul stared into the abyss and unemployment stared back. He responded by founding the ‘Pounding Fathers,’ a traveling Beer Pong team with the other Philosophy grad at UMass. Aspiring to subsist on more than Ramen Noodles and Natural Ice, Paul put down his ping pong balls and picked up a pen - and a cigar - and began working in the premium cigar industry in 2013.

Show all Paul Lukens' Articles
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review montecristo espada signature - cover

#NowSmoking: Montecristo Espada Signature

Reading Time: 4 minutes This week we’re reviewing Montecristo Espada Signature Valiente—the latest in their ‘sword’ themed Nicaraguan puro lineup. Watch the review to help you decide if you should add it to your rotation!

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review 20 acre farm drew estate - cover

#NowSmoking: Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm

Reading Time: 4 minutes Cigar Advisor’s Jared Gulick gets down to the details in his #NowSmoking cigar review of Drew Estate 20 Acre Farm. See why he thinks it’s well worth the buy.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review la gloria cubana criollo de oro churchill cover

#NowSmoking: La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro

Reading Time: 4 minutes La Gloria Cubana has been on a hot streak of recent releases. Does Criollo de Oro keep the momentum? Smoke one with Cigar Advisor’s Jared Gulick and find out in his video cigar review of La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro!

Read More
top new cigars dec 24 2018 Cigar Advisor Cover

CA Report: Top New Cigars – Dec. 24 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Christmas rush has hit its peak; you just want to smoke away the holiday stress with a good cigar. Let’s make it something new: 5 top name picks from CAO to Partagas, to treat yourself to something special amidst the madness. See our list now…

Read More