It seems that Rocky can’t make a bad cigar. With a lot of talent and hard work he has given us some great smokes already, but Rocky is not satisfied with mere success. Rest on his laurels he will not. He must create even more blends to satisfy his army of hungry Patelians. So far there is a new American Market Selection, a Rosado, the RP Connecticut, the Edge Lite, and probably a bunch more out just in the last year or so. This one, the Cuban Blend, and the Honduran Blend are available exclusively from Famous Smoke Shop.
Famous advertises this one thusly:
Available ONLY at Famous Smoke Shop, these cigars present a bold, heady and well-balanced blend of long-aged Honduran Ligero longfiller tobaccos deftly rolled into scrumptious Corojo or Maduro wrappers. The smoke is ultra-smooth, complex, and brimming with dark, spicy flavors. It’s almost like getting a fine Cuban cigar without the Cuban price! Try a box and taste for yourself.
OK. I’m sold. Not on a box though. I like to test the waters with a five pack before setting sail for Box Land.
There are two versions of the Cuban Blend, corojo and maduro. This is the corojo version, with a shiny golden brown wrapper that is truly enticing. The head is finished without a flaw. It’s almost a shame to cut this one, but sacrifices must be made for the betterment of mankind and our burning desires. The roll is solid, almost hard to the touch, but after a clip of the Palio I found the draw just fine.
This Cuban Blend toro starts up with a touch of spice and soon mellows into a smooth Honduran leather. There’s a whiff of sweetness here as well, but just barely. The aroma is not as pronounced as I would expect from corojo, but it serves as a nice complement to the leathery core.
This is a fairly straightforward cigar without a whole lot of development or complexity. It levels off at a solid medium body, veering at the end toward full. At the midpoint the caramel-like sweetness of the corojo is kicked up a notch, and the flavor becomes a little bolder, but calling this “Cuban” is a stretch. It’s a smooth and tasty high-quality smoke from Rocky Patel, and that’s advertising enough right there.
Famous is hawking these for around 90 dollars for a box of 20, or $16 for a fiver. Not a bad price for this cigar.