Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto Review
Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage
Robusto 5.5 x 50
Pre-light aroma is of espresso and a tinge of something reminiscent of cherries. This maduro looks and feels incredible with an oily, leather-like sheen and silky to the fingertips.
After cutting with a double guillotine, the first draws yield a great amount of smoke and a creamy feel in the mouth that you would normally feel at the sweet spot of a good connecticut.
The first 1/3rd of the cigar has little of the flavor that you expect from a maduro, but instead has a very pleasant cedary flavor, is toasty, and has an incredibly sweet aroma.
The amount of ash that tightly holds to the foot is a testament to the impeccable construction of this cigar; in fact, I only had three tight barrels of ash before reaching the halfway point of the stick. The draw is superb as is expected from a 50 gauge ring size.
The flavor profile of the 1990 begins to enter familiar maduro territory at the 2/3 portion of the stick; hints of sweetness, espresso notes, but still maintaining a curiously dry and toasty finish. The body is a comfortable low-medium at this point.
When the time comes for the "Vintage 1990" secondary band to come off I gently try to pull it towards the head, but it won't budge due to the generous amount of tobacco and I let unwrap it at the seam with ease.
Last 1/3rd had a brief moment of spice before settling into some aromatic oak and earthy flavors that lasted until I finished the cigar. Body was never north of medium and the overall profile was of light espresso and cedar.
Overall a very good smoke with great construction, excellent aroma, and surprisingly balanced flavor profile of espresso, cedar, oak, and sometimes a hint of cherry with almost no spice throughout the stick.