Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto

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Cigar Details: Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: TAVICUSA
  • Blender: Rocky Patel
  • Price: $13.00
  • Release Date: October 2019
  • Source: Rocky Patel

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

There are two bands that cover the soft rectangle press of the Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto. The primary is a metallic pink diamond with the company circle logo at the bottom. Tucked just under the primary band is a secondary band that runs to the foot and is white with mostly black text and some of the metallic pink. The lengthy text explains this second edition and how they were aged 2 years. After sliding off the lengthy secondary band, a milk chocolate colored wrapper is unveiled. There are some slightly raised veins present and the seams are smooth but easily visible as the wrapper seems darker at the head than it is at the foot. The head appears to be finished off with a well applied quadruple cap. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cocoa and spicy cedar which creates an interesting Mexican hot chocolate combination. The foot brings stone fruit sweetness and a mellow spicy cedar. The pre-light draw is floral perfume and light wood.

Pre-light Experience

The Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto has a lovely maduro wrapper and a solid triple cap applied. The coloring is that of chocolate brown and the wrapper is silky and smooth in texture. I am picking up an aroma of rich earth, cocoa and wood, and that is on the wrapper and foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto seems to have pulled out all the stops on packaging. There is a metallic copper on white primary band, with a large, white, half paper wrap indicating the cigar story, along with a faux copper foot band. The cigar itself seems to have a fairly firm box press shape. The cigar wrapper has aromas of aged cedar, hay, citrus, barbecue and aged tobacco. From the foot, I’m able to detect sweet raisin.

First Third

The cigar begins with cocoa, mustiness and spicy cedar. At a half inch in, the spicy cedar is up front and has gained some char while the mustiness is right behind and the cocoa is now faint in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, a light black pepper joins the profile but has a very long finish. The retrohale is black pepper forward with a decent zing and then some slightly creamy cedar coming through. As the third comes to a close, the cocoa has picked up a bit while the slightly charred cedar and mustiness is up front. The black pepper is still light in the background. The strength in this third was medium-full.

First Third

The first third opens up with smoky aspects and it is on top of the earthy and soft pepper spice. There are some leather notes present as well and I would classify the cigar as being medium-full in body, flavors and strength.

First Third

Immediate powdered cocoa with trailing light earth through the initial draws. Some medium strength spices come in on the retrohale, with some mild sour through the middle. Some barbecue savory quality right away at medium plus. Stewed spiced raisins join the retrohale, as creaminess comes into the middle of the profile. Significant post draw pepper settles in. Creamy chocolate cocoa intensifies as the cigar progresses. Toasted barbecue continues at the halfway point, driving the profile.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the cocoa and black pepper are no longer present and the slightly charred cedar and mustiness remain. The profile is slightly drying at this point. At a half inch in, some light cocoa and black pepper return to the profile. The retrohale brings some creamy black pepper up front with cedar behind it. At an inch and a quarter, the char increases a bit as the cocoa has faded away. The strength in this third dropped down to slightly above medium.

Second Third

When I get into the second third of the cigar I am still getting those earthy and smoky aspects. There is some vegetation present as well, and with that is some celery and leather flavors. The body, strength and flavors are at that medium-full level like before and it was a disappointing third following the start.

Second Third

Baking spices are still present at medium plus on the retrohale, very intense. Creaminess is there but being pushed aside. Medium minus pepper on the post draw. Cedar joins into the middle of the profile, as leather settles into the post draw at the halfway point. Chocolate is a background note by the halfway point. Leather pushes into the middle of the profile dragging significant earth with it.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred cedar and mustiness are up front with some black pepper still hanging on in the background. The dryness has slightly increased. At a half inch in, the char increases some more and some bitterness joins in. At an inch in, a light floral note joins the profile. The retrohale is now just musty cedar. The cigar wraps up with fairly heavily charred and musty cedar with a faint floral note. The strength in this third bumped back up to medium-full.

Final Third

I am in the final third of the cigar now and I am picking some great earth, mineral and leather notes. The smokiness is still present as well and the finish is of dry wood. Like before, the cigar is smoking at a medium-full level in body, strength and flavor.

Final Third

Earth moves to the front of the profile, and takes over the middle as well. The earth is quite dominant and has some unpleasant minerality to it. That flavor profile defines the entire last third.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.

Burn

The burn was very good throughout. No complaints in how the cigar smoked, a well rolled cigar.

Burn

The burn is very straight through the entire smoking experience. Ash holds on in 1 inch increments.

Draw

The draw was perfect with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.

Overall

The cigar began with cocoa, mustiness and cedar. As it progressed, the musty cedar was the primary component the rest of the way as the cocoa eased up and some black pepper joined in. The cedar gained some char as the cocoa and black pepper bounced in and out. Construction was great and just allowed me to focus on flavor while strength was around medium-full most of the way. I never smoked the original so I can’t compare the two, but the Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto started off well, but by the second third, things were fairly average and then in the final third, the char and dryness knocked things down even more. If it could have kept the first thirds profile, we’d be talking about a much different cigar, but as I experienced it, it’s not something that has me jonesing to smoke another one.

Draw

The draw was solid from start to finish. It was a little loose for my liking, but no problem whatsoever in the giant scheme of things.

Overall

Overall, I was disappointed with the Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto. I think it was a poor representation of Mexican wrappers and the blend was not there to deliver a solid experience. Rocky can usually deliver a fairly solid maduro offering in a box pressed offering, but that was not the case with this cigar. The first third was a slow start, and I was hoping for a strong finish, but that did not happen. It went downhill, and went downhill fast. I never smoked the original Aged Limited Rare, but I hope the Second Edition is not a representation of the First Edition. This was a bust and for $13.00, no thank you.

Draw

The draw is a 1/2 – 1 notch towards the open spectrum, which I would expect with a proper box press. The resistance is still in the ideal range.

Overall

The Rocky Patel Aged Limited Rare Second Edition Robusto has a very impressive presentation, I only wish the same care had been taken with the blend profile. Initially, the cigar starts out quite promising with an interesting mix of cocoa, earth, spices, sour citrus, barbecue, raisins, pepper and creaminess. Unfortunately, the flavor profile rapidly falls apart after the first third, eventually becoming harsh and unpleasant by the final third. The construction was impeccable. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Aaron
Seth
John
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$2.30

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

4.78

Cost/Point

$2.72

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$2.26

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