I liked the draw on the Olde World. Rocky packs his cigar full of tobacco so it helps in making the draw a little snug from time to time. That was the case with this smoke, and it made it smoke to my liking.
It has been so long since I had the original Olde World Reserve that I can’t compare the two. But, I will say the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto is a good cigar and a solid release from Rocky Patel. It wasn’t overly complex, but it had some depth to it and some transitioning throughout which were positive attributes. The lemongrass and coffee flavors were particularly enjoyable and it is a combination that I get with some Habanos. I like that it is still sporting a Honduran Corojo wrapper, and I like the flavor profile that it delivers on top of the Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The construction was solid from start to finish and the ash really held on well. I would say that the ash held on throughout the first half, and that’s impressive. In terms of packaging, I think both the old and new packaging have their pros and cons. The new main band is better, but I loved the foot band/wrapper that was present on the old packaging. With that said, glad to see Olde World Reserve has returned and it is reminding me of the old school Rocky Patel. I think some old school Rocky Patel smokers will be happy with this return. Now if we would just see the Winter Collection come back.