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Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 - K A P L O W I T Z Scale Cigar Review

PROLOGUE
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THE CIGAR
Rocky Patel
Vintage 1990
6 1/2 x 52 Toro
Box-pressed
w. Honduran Broadleaf Maduro
b. Nicaraguan
f. Dominican & Nicaraguan Ligero

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Good cigars bought cheap sent fast. What's not to like?
K A P L O W I T Z SCALE
K least, Z most
Construction W
Combustion I
Flavors O
Body W
Strength P
&
Sweet O
Sour P
Salty A
Bitter O
Umami L
&
Complexity L
Nuance O
Transition P
Balance I
Smoothness O
&
Animal O
Sweet L
Spicy O
Woody W
Vegetal L
Earthy O
Chemical P
SUMMATION
Notes are delivered in a tick hollow wooden vessel at onset, then filed in with a nutty caramel latte replete with a malt addition. Lots of darkly ripe aromatic tobacco. A bit more tension on draw than I find comfy, which led to some coning of burn -- the only ticks against combustion/construction (& slight rounding of press). Altho draw did ease via progressing. Smoked a bit damp, and I keep my sticks dry. Great solid ash-builder. Final act needs some purging to ward off a tick of diesel influence. All told a classical cigar, smooth 'nuff, undemanding, and contemplative. Whilst somewhat lacking in complexity, this RP Vintage 1990 is filled to the gills with a robust yet accessible medium profile of exceptional balance.

SMOKE TIME
100mins

FINAL GRADE
****A-****