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BLIND Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition Review

BLIND Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition Review

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitola: Robusto (5 ½ x 50)

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Blind Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition Review


Summary:  Caramel, oak, and Oreo cookie from the get-go.  I'm picking up some potpourri as the smoke becomes chewy.  The retro hale is a perfect balance of wood and pepper.

The second third reminds me of mud pie (the dessert, just clarifying).  Cantaloupe melon out of nowhere!  The flavors in this stick are super well balanced in terms of sweet and savory.

Chocolate and coffee kick off the final third.  Good stuff.  Short and sweet review for a sweet (read: cool) cigar.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Mud freakin' pie.

Pairing Suggestion:  Stout.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Fiver.


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Summary:  This cigar didn't wow me from the start, giving me mostly a blast of tobacco with hay and black pepper notes. As it started to settle in, flavors of oak, molasses, and a steak-like meatiness took shape. Later in the cigar, coffee and a fleeting butterscotch note joined the experience. It didn't seem like a promising start, but the cigar really pulled through with interesting flavors.

The draw was right on point. The burn was all over the place, but it didn't require corrections. It just didn't like staying even.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Steak with a peppery sauce.

Pairing Suggestion:  Bourbon.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Fiver.


Rocky Patel A.L.R. Second Edition Review



Summary:  A softly box-pressed cigar is just what the doctor ordered.  Hopefully it’s not Dr. Seuss.  The wrapper is a mottled dark brown.  Cocoa and sourdough bread from
the wrapper.   The cold draw is a tad loose (better than plugged), and offers rich tobacco, dark pie cherries and some dry hay.

Whoa... hang on... toasted raisin bread, charred oak, bright notes of leather, sourdough bread and a slightly sour note I can only begin to guess at, but it’s working ok with the profile.  Retro haled smoke is heavy, rich and carries a touch of heat with it.  The sour notes mix with fresh oak in the retro hale.  If you’ve never tried to retro hale smoke, you may not want to start with this one... quite bold.

Midway here and smooth is the name of the game.  Zero harshness, zero bitterness, just solid charred wood notes surrounded by dark, wet earth, baking chocolate and dark toast.  The retro hale experience is also smooth with a bit of heat and hearty notes including a sweet wood flavor, leather and earth.  Mechanically, A+ thus far... tons of great room smoke and a perfect burn.

Sliding into home we have cedar replacing oak, baking chocolate, mild tobacco and the strength picking up significantly. Performance is top notch as it continues to produce plentiful smoke and has been maintenance free.  I dig this smoke.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Cigars having bold flavors coupled with strength.

Pairing Suggestion:  Ten Fidy.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Box purchase if you have a beast palate.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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2/17/2020 8:28 AM
Just had one of these gifted to me and I am not more excited to smoke it. Thanks for the review guys!