This year at the IPCPR there were a significant number of new releases from manufacturers. Rocky Patel certainly didn’t buck that trend, with a significant list of new products, limited edition products, and line extensions.
One of the special new releases was the Rocky Patel Fifty-Five. Created to commemorate Rocky’s 55th birthday, it utilizes tobaccos that are aged 6 – 7 years. Rocky Patel himself created the blend, and Hamlet Paredes came up with the unique sizes. Each of the sizes required custom molds to be manufactured, costing over $30,000, and are tapered on each end with an open foot.
Available in 4 sizes, they’re sold in 20 count boxes, with the enormous Titan coming in 10 count boxes. The Corona (4x55), Robusto (5-1/2x55), Toro (61/2x55), and the Titan (8x55).
Update: I was getting conflicting information on the blend from a variety of media sources. I've updated the blend information this morning after reaching out to Hamlet Paredes at Rocky Patel.
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When I nosed the wrapper on the Fifty-Five I was getting a lot of leather, cedar, with a little bit of subtle earthiness underneath. From the foot I couldn’t get much else other than the cedar notes.
I used a Xikar v-cutter and found the draw to be excellent. The cigar produced significant amounts of smoke with very light draws.
The initial draws produce balanced flavors of cocoa and spices, with some trailing pepper and trailing cedar. Once the initial few draws pass, some sweetness starts to enter the mix. There’s a lot of flavors going on right off the start. The pepper continues to build in intensity as the first third settles in, moving from the end of the retrohale to now linger between draws.
At the halfway point of the first third there’s a sweet, cinnamon spice building. Some rich powdered cocoa starts to also break through on the regular draw, and on the retrohale.
As the Fifty-Five moves into the middle third, the sweet cinnamon falls off in strength, the powdered cocoa mixes in with some earth notes, and some rich sweetness comes through serving to cement the profile together. At the halfway point of the cigar, some cedar starts to come through. I feel like it might have been there in the background until now, but I couldn’t pick it up due to the variety of flavors.
In the final third, the powdered cocoa ramps back up to take over the profile in the last third.
Total smoking time was 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Everything about the Rocky Patel Fifty-Five impressed me. From the elegant band, to the unique cigar vitola, and the rich medley of flavours.
Although I rated this cigar a box split, I can tell you I’m already seeking it out as a box purchase.