Our Score 2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

  • RH | 73% for 4 Weeks
  • MSRP | $12.50
  • Smoke Time | 1 Hour 56 Minutes
  • Wrapper | Mexican San Andres
  • Binder | Nicaraguan 
  • Filler | Nicaraguan
  • Length | 6
  • Ring Gauge | 52
  • Vitola | Toro
  • Release Date | 2020

Initial Reactions and Appearance

With my first look at this cigar, I notice no visible imperfections and despite its deep, dark leaf it is not oily or silky in the slightest. It features three separate bands: one bearing the taa logo, one that states it is limited edition and lastly, a cloth band around the foot. When tasting the unlit draw, I taste no obvious flavor except for a bitter tingle on the lips.

First Third

After my first few puffs, it is burning nicely and has a solid draw, but I am surprised to find I taste almost no flavor. This lack of flavor continues halfway through the first third and into the end of the first third. At this point, I can sense some flavor wanting to develop but it never quite makes it there. Really, the only flavor I taste is after a bigger than normal puff and then I only get a little pepper and the faintest hint of leather on the retro. I am enjoying the burn quality and the white ash but other than that, the taste of this cigar is not up to the usual standards of other Rocky Patel cigars I have smoked.

Second Third

At the start of the second third, the cigar is still burning very well with smooth and creamy smoke. The flavor continues to be incredibly underwhelming and I had to do a little touch up toward the end of the second third.

Final Third

The sweetness of this cigar finally builds a bit but overall it still lacks any substantial flavor. No touch ups needed at the end here.

Would I Smoke Again?

If you’re just looking at this cigar, there’s really nothing to criticize, with its beautiful wrapper and sturdy construction. However, there was nothing reminiscent of the Rocky Patel brand in this cigar. The lack of flavor and Rocky Patel quality do not justify the $13 price tag. This is a cigar I will not be revisiting in the future.

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