It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Rocky Patel Fifty Five in the Corona size. This 4×55 stick features a Nicaraguan wrapper, Costa Rican binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. It’s a non-traditional “Corona” with tapers on both ends and quite the fat stance. This cigar was made to celebrate Rocky Patel’s fifty-fifth birthday and retails for $9.25.
On the cold draw, I find cocoa and cedar. The wrapper produces a light cedar aroma, while I smell All Spice out of the foot. Once lit, the draw is snug with cocoa, black pepper, and cedar. Through the nose, I get a hint of red pepper. The finish sees more red pepper and spicy cedar.
Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up creamy cocoa with cinnamon. Through the nose, red pepper blends with oak. Spicy black pepper hits me on the finish with some bitter leather. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to forty minutes. I’m given more cocoa and cinnamon on the draw with the introduction of a char note. The retro-hale is about the same with an added sweetness. There is no change to the finish. Strength and body also remain consistent.
Oddly enough, at fifty-five minutes, the final third wisps away. Cocoa stays put on the draw with added black pepper. Through the nose, there is a dominant spicy red pepper. The finish offers leather and smoky cedar. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.
The Rocky Patel Fifty Five is a nice cigar. It offers a moderate amount of complexity with few transitions. The flavors that come through are pretty tasty, though. It didn’t blow my socks off, but it was an enjoyable enough smoke. Construction was very good as well. Price is a bit steep for the experience, but it’s worth trying out a single or a fiver.