Pre-Release Review: Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto

This Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto was a pre-release cigar sent to me from CigarBrief from their "Roll Like a Blogger" contest.

 

 

Nose:

Black pepper and Spanish cedar were the two dominant things I could pick up here.

Construction:

This Rocky Patel Private Cellar was reviewed in a Robusto vitola measuring 5” by 50 ring gauge.   The pre-release has a fairly nondescript white band indicating ‘RP Private Cellar’. 

This blend was created at the Tavicusa factory in Esteli, Nicaragua back in October, 2012.  

 

 

Flavor:

First Third

Rich sweet honey, and some light spices filling out the undertones.   A really interesting start to the first third.  Nothing else evolves here, but it is quite enjoyable. 

There is some dried wood leading into the second third.

Middle Third

The flavor is more dominated by wood flavor here than the sweetness.  The wood brings with it some dried earth undertones. 

Not very complex in the second third either, but still quite enjoyable.

Last Third

The earth present in the second third is the primary flavor here.  There is some leather undertones filling in for the earth flavors. 

The final third was still enjoyable but I preferred the first and second third.

 

Burn/Draw:

Fantastic ash and a great draw here.  Total smoking time was 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Value:

These were released in Robusto, Toro and Torpedo vitolas.  The Robusto release is around $7.50 – $8 per single.  5 packs are $38.  A box of 20 are approximately $153.    Any time I see a cigar come in around the sub $8 mark I consider this to be good value.  A sub $8 price point is approachable for most aficionados. 

 

Final Word:

The first two thirds were the real winners.  I’m fairly selective of the Rocky Patel cigars that I enjoy, but the Private Cellar would make that list.  At a sub $8 price point, these are a good cigar for me to enjoy or share with friends at a herf.   If you enjoyed the notes listed here, and enjoy other Rocky Patel cigars, I’d recommend you pick up some to compare for yourself.

 

 


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