THE CIGARRocky Patel
Sun Grown Maduro
5 x 50 Robusto Box-press
w. USA Connecticut Broadleaf
m. Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A., Nicaragua
K A P L O W I T Z SCALEappearance.
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'Bout the least robust Robusto I've seen, this Rocky Patel. A real lace curtain offering replete with delicate filligree'd white band. Red and gold lettering and flourishes. Dense matte finish sheen on its darkly dense Maduro canvass of the barrel. Verily smaller than its 50rg both to eye and in the mitt -- even whenst considering its press. Quite both hoi and polloi, gentlepersons.
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Tight nigh invisible seams. Scarce veins. Verily smooth to the thick oily hand-feel, other than a fine grit sandpaper tooth. Cap is extremely well-affixed on excellently hewn shoulders. Press is softly rounded but fairly flat and stays vastly thatta-way through to the cool nub. -Firm density of packing, and evenly so, pre-light to already-mentioned nub. Seams hold fast. Draw remains a medium resistance. Cruise control'd Sunday drive requires zilch thought nor attentions -- allows for long looks at the flavorful landscape. Hand-feel maintains a pinkie-up fanciness mentioned by Linc, I believe, in our panel discussion run-down of the CA Top 25 HERE.
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Burns on an even and razor-thin line, gate-to-wire. Ash holds on to an easy inch of pale to medium-grey marbled burnt offerings. Slight aeration, slighter flaking. Excellent even-keeled leisurely pace, save for a self-corrected bissell runner hint in the 2/3. At around that small point, the filler burns somewhat separate of the binder/top-leaf.
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Cold notes are After Eight Chocolate Thin Mints. Spice-rack led by nutmeg. An underlying toasted orange bit. Once toasted and torched, there is a prominent chocolate mousse. Strong yet refined and refrained spice mix of red stuffs with a nutmeg and cinnamon jockeying for that lead. Ginger is a close 'un. Syrupy red to purple fruits and liltings of hibiscus. Them spices give way in the 2/3 as more and more delicate pale fruits come on with a whole buncha caramel. A certain mintiness is particularly there on the sweetbitter finish with a citrus balance. -Long legg'd. A toasted cedar laces the profile in ebbings and flowings. 3/3 reminds me of a Swiss Miss mug with marshmallows. Chocolate Animal Crackers? Some peppery notes sharpen warmly there, as well, in a creamy roasted saltiness. Under-belly is a nuanced and transitioning sweet spiced barnyard/compost.
Intensely well-rounded and rich. Brilliant complexities and nuanced depths. Transitions in each third are maturations of mainly already present notes -- no meshuguna hard shifts, just fantastically and ne'er unsettling morphing delineations. Elegantly balanced.
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Pristinely clean yet creamy nigh chewy soft texture. Slight tongue tingle via cinnamon when that note takes center-stage in spice-rack. Satiating during -- minutes after a final placement of nub in tray -- I'm fresh as a daisy, gentlepersons. Someone, quick, gimme a smooch.
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There isn't as intense a 3/3 swoon here as there was in the first offering I smoked in during THIS Cigars City Podcast. Alas, there is a growing wine-buzz from the 2/3 onward. Just 'nuff to luxuriate, but not distract.
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Cold notes are cocoa laced with floral and nigh over-ripe dark fruits in a compost core. Leathery oils in the background w/ a bakers spice vibe addition at foot. Room-note is a fairly pungent maple syrup sweetness lilt in a heady and oily leather note; laced with a tick of floral bits.
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