Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

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Cigar Details: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua and Pennsylvania Broadleaf
  • Filler: Honduras and Nicaraguan Broadleaf
  • Factory: TAVICUSA
  • Blender: Rocky Patel
  • Price: $20.00
  • Release Date: December 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Rocky Patel DBS Robusto is between medium and dark brown, has a fine toothiness to it along with some lightly raised veins. The seams are slightly raised while the caps are well applied. There are three bands, all with a gold, black and orange color combination. The primary carries the company logo, the secondary carries the line name and the foot band carries the company name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of dark earth, bakers chocolate and cedar. The foot brings wood, earth and light tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw brings cedar, dusty earth and light tobacco sweetness.
Seth: The band color is fantastic. Matte black, gold and orange. Great! The Rocky Patel DBS Robusto is rolled well and finished with a lovely triple cap. Colorado Maduro coloring, there is a nice marbled aspect. Twin Engine Elefante coffee bean coloring. Medium sized veins present throughout. Aromas of stone fruit, tobacco, damp earth and manure qualities.
John: The Rocky Patel DBS Robusto comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space so it remains intact when opened. The cigar has three bands, with a primary ‘RP’ band, secondary ‘DBS’ band and a foot band that indicates ‘Rocky Patel’. For aromas from the wrapper, I was picking up on something that reminded me of pipe tobacco, or even approaching fire cured tobacco aromas with some damp wood underneath. From the foot, I was getting sweet pipe tobacco and some moss.
Jiunn: The Rocky Patel DBS Robusto comes in with a Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of a slight campfire, peat and cedar. Aromas from the foot reveal cedar and cinnamon. Cold draws provide cedar and a hint of tinny metals.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dark oak, earth and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper is exhibiting a very long finish. The retrohale is toasted dark oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the dark oak and earth are even with the black pepper just slightly behind. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper takes on a light creaminess. The strength was medium-full.
Seth: The first third starts out with lovely plum qualities followed by some sharp spices, mineral notes and strong tobacco. Cinnamon flavors present as well on the finish. Medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third opens with rich tobacco flavors, a leather and earth combination and then dry earth and wood to linger into the post draw. The tobacco components through the retrohale have a rich sweetness to them that reminds me of pipe tobacco. Mild chocolate moves into the center of the profile at light-plus strength as it progresses. Spices, leather and chocolate combine through the retrohale as the first third continues.
Jiunn: The first third has a set of mediocre flavors. Cedar shavings, cardboard and hay is all she wrote. Retrohaling intensifies hay and cedar, but it still feels pretty linear. The finish is short with hay and nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit. At a quarter inch in, some light cocoa powder joins the profile. The retrohale remains toasted dark oak, earth and lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch in, the earth is becoming a bit dry. At an inch in, the black pepper mellows a bit more. As the third comes to a close, the dark oak and earth remain even up front with the lightly creamy black pepper in the middle and light cocoa powder in the background. The strength remains at medium-full.
Seth: The second third really opens up and I am getting these chocolate mousse notes that are paired with bits of tobacco, sweet spices, cinnamon and plums. Still medium-full in strength and body, but the creaminess from the mousse really helped the cigar. You can really taste the Pennsylvania tobacco in this third.
John: Creamy tobacco and wood starts the second third, as lingering wood and earth make up the post draw. Some spices come through at the end of the draw at light-plus strength as the second third settles in. Sweet wood starts to come through at the end of each puff not longer after. A toasted earth note is present through the post draw as the cigar closes out the second third.
Jiunn: Surprisingly, the second third tastes better than the first third. There’s a great stone fruit jammy plum quality that goes incredibly well with the other flavors of cedar shavings, cardboard and hay. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the dark oak is now showing a decent level of toastiness. At a half inch in, the toast level becomes pretty heavy and the cocoa powder departs. The retrohale is now toasted dark oak, earth and mellow black pepper. As the cigar wraps up, the heavily toasted dark oak and earth remain even up front while the lightly creamy black pepper sits a fair bit behind. The strength remained at medium-full.
Seth: The final third delivered more transitioning and it finished with strong mineral, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors. Bits of coffee present as well. The plum quality is more of a currant flavor in this third, and it has cinnamon and earth qualities on the finish.
John: The last third kicks off with toasted earth, sweet wood in the center and dry wood finishing and lingering between each draw. Sweet tobacco combines with dry cedar in the middle of the profile as the cigar moves towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The final third is more like the first third, being linear in cedar shavings, cardboard and hay. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Burn

Aaron: The burn was straight the entire way and the ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Great burn from start to finish.
John: The burn was very straight through the review with no intervention required.
Jiunn: Great burn performance. Even burn, ample smoke production and cool burning temperature.

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel DBS Robusto

Draw

Aaron: The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: The draw was inconsistent. Loose and snug at times.
John: The draw was at most one notch towards the resistant spectrum which puts it in the ideal range for a draw.
Jiunn: Great draw performance as well, giving the ideal air flow.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with dark oak, earth and black pepper. The black pepper took on a light creaminess at the end of the third. The second third saw a light cocoa powder note join in and the earth became a bit dry. The final third saw the cocoa powder depart. The construction was near perfect with just a slightly tighter draw than I prefer. The Rocky Patel DBS Robusto had a nice start, with a full combination of flavors. As it reached the second third, it dropped a level as the earth became a bit dry and maintained that level the rest of the way. It carried a decent strength level throughout as well. Not a cigar I’d see myself coming back to all that often, especially due to the price point, but for those that like heavier blends, this could be something they find enjoyable.
Seth: I must have missed the memo on companies going Double Broadleaf in 2022. There have been hits and misses with these releases, but the Rocky Patel DBS Robusto is a true hit. Almost sunk my battleship. The cigar had transitioning throughout and a cornucopia of complex flavors. Great strength and balance as well. I think the only low point was the draw, but a great blend overall. I would be curious to smoke this cigar in many vitolas. From a Lancero to Gordo.
John: The Rocky Patel DBS Robusto provided some interesting core tobacco notes as a base that it managed to build from for the first and second thirds, keeping me interested and engaged. The last third was flat compared to the rest of the cigar, but still pleasant. The draw and burn were both perfect through the review. I enjoyed the DBS Robusto, and I would smoke this again, price point aside, if I was seeking out a rich tobacco based flavor profile. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 49 minutes.
Jiunn: It’s rare to have a cigar in which past the initial third, the flavor profile tastes better. In this case, the best part of the Rocky Patel DBS Robusto was the second third, where I absolutely loved the distinct jammy plum notes. It’s too bad the cigar couldn’t taste that good for the entire smoking time. But overall, $20 for linear mediocrity is just not worth it.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.95

Cost/Point

$3.36

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$2.87

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.93

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$3.28

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