Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rocky Patel Ocean Club Box Pressed Toro Cigar

So far I've had pretty good luck with the cigars that come from Rocky Patel, including this box pressed Ocean Mist toro. I've seen these in catalogs from time to time and they've always sparked my interest but I had never found one in my price range. That is, until two weeks ago I hadn't.  A card came in the Mail from Holt's Cigar Company offering a 5-pack of Rocky Patel toros for the meager price of $12.00 including free shipping. Let me tell you, I jumped all over that deal.

They arrived in the mail last week so here we are. . .

Quick Details

  • Cigar Size: 6  x 50 Toro Box-Pressed
  • Wrapper:  Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Mexican
  • Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Smoking time: 65 Minutes
  • Price: $8.55 at Holt's Cigar Company

Rocky Patel Ocean Club
This Rocky Patel Ocean Club was a pretty nice cigar. The wrapper had a bit of tooth, a slight oil sheen, plus it was nearly vein free and seamless. Overall, it looked pretty sharp, plus it sported a triple cap. Being box-pressed, the body was a bit soft, but as it warmed up and then turned to ash, it didn't get spongy.

Testing the pre-light aromas and flavors, I found the foot to have a mild barnyard aroma and the free cold draw had a mix of barnyard and tea with a hint of spice. Once the cigar was burning it produced huge mouthfuls of mild bodied smoke with nuances of sweet tea mixed with cedar. Right at the mid point something happened that stumped me a bit, I could taste a hint of what I can only describe as mint. It was there, but it wasn't but I could feel the freshness on my palate so I knew something was up. The mint flavor only lasted for a few draws but I could feel the freshness on my palate until the very end. Once the mint disappeared, the flavor mix went back to more of a black tea, cedar combination. I'm not really a fan of mint, but in this cigar it wasn't to bad.

Overall I am pretty happy to have smoked this stick. It's razor burn, the top shelf construction and the 65 minute smoking time added up to a pretty pleasant smoking experience. If you like mint, give this cigar a try and then let me know what you think.

Ratings:

  • Appearance and construction: 19
  • Flavor: 17
  • Smoking characteristics: 19
  • Overall experience: 19
  • Purchased Price: 18
  • Total: 92
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