Team Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

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Cigar Details: Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

  • Vitola: Robusto Extra
  • Length: 5.5″
  • Ring Gauge: 50
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Factory: El Paraíso
  • Blender: Rocky Patel
  • Price: $9.55
  • Release Date: November 2019
  • Source: Rocky Patel

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

John-McTavish

 John McTavish

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto is light brown and has a network of veins that carry both lighter and darker colors. The seams are slightly visible as they are raised in some spots. The head is finished off with a well applied double cap. There are two bands, both in a black and gold color combination with nice embossing. The primary has the company logo up top and then the line name in a vertical direction. The foot band has the company logo and the year the company was started. The aroma from the wrapper is sweet hay and wood while the foot brings a honey graham cracker note. The pre-light draw brings a mix of wood and bread.

Pre-light Experience

The Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto has a very large primary band that takes up roughly 50% of the cigar, along with a foot band. The wrapper is a chocolate brown color. Aromas from the wrapper include baking spices, graham cracker and cedar. I wasn’t able to pick up anything different from the foot.

First Third

The cigar begins with charred and slightly bitter wood. At a half inch in, the profile is charred wood and light mustiness with a faint bitter note just present on the finish. At an inch in, the charred wood and mustiness are even. The retrohale has the charred wood way up front and brings a bit of a zing while a faint mustiness sits in the background. At an inch and a quarter, the char lightens up a bit and the bitterness is no longer detectable on the finish. As the third comes to a close, the profile is now dry wood and mustiness as the char has completely left. The strength in this third was mild-medium.

First Third

Initial puffs produce pepper, baking spices and cedar. Dry cedar quickly joins the post draw with some white pepper. Sweet cedar takes up the middle of the profile as the first third settles in. By the halfway point, mild cocoa rounds out the retrohale.

Second Third

The second third continues on with the dry wood and mustiness. At a half inch in, the dryness of the wood lessens a bit. The retrohale brings a toasted and slightly dry wood along with some mustiness. As the third comes to a close, the dryness picks back up. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.

Second Third

Sweet, dry cedar are the primary flavors going into the second third. Post draw cedar is present and lingers between draws on the palate. Some time later, earth joins the middle of the profile. As the first third settles, graham cracker and cedar define the retrohale at light plus. Earth starts to push into the main profile at medium to medium plus, and becomes the dominant flavor.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the dryness picks up a bit more and the dry wood has a bit of a lead over the mustiness. At a half inch in, the dry wood takes on a young wood note. The retrohale is now just musty wood. At an inch in, some bitterness returns to the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is slightly young wood, mustiness and faint bitterness. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

Sweet cedar again as the Number 6 moves into the last third. Earth takes over the profile again as the final third settles. Tannic post draw cedar pushes into the center of the profile, at medium strength. Some time later, sweetness has built in strength and begins to push back against the earth.

Burn

The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but the real problem was the cigar just going out on me. It happened four times, requiring re-lights.

Burn

The burn is quite straight with only a slight uneven burn in the second third which self corrects. The cigar canoes in the last third, requiring a touch-up.

Draw

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

Overall

The cigar begins with charred and slightly bitter wood. Some mustiness joined in and the wood became a bit dry by the end of the third and the bitterness dropped out. The final third saw the dry wood move to a young wood note and some bitterness rejoined. The burn was a problem with the constant re-lights and strength was slightly below medium most of the way. The Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto started and ended with bitterness and the other flavor components weren’t anything to write home about. The construction didn’t help things, so overall a lackluster experience. Nothing here that makes me want to return to this blend.

Aaron
John
GoodPre
Light
Good
AverageFirst
Third
Good
AverageSecond ThirdAverage
SubparFinal
Third
Average
PoorBurnVery Good
AmazingDrawAverage
SubparOverallAverage

Draw

The draw is well into the resistant spectrum, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches.

Overall

The Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto reinforces my experience that cigars comprised largely of Honduran tobacco are either amazing or lackluster. For me, the flavor profile started out promising in the first third, and then fell to average and fairly forgettable for the remainder of the smoking experience. Considering how resistant the draw was, I was surprised that I smoked it in 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

4.53

Cost/Point

$2.11

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.72

Scoring System

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