It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas in the Robusto size. This 5 ½ x 50 cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper on top of a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It retails for $9.55. The orange bands with a little bling to them make this one sharp looking cigar.
The wrapper produces a light barnyard aroma, while I smell cocoa and oatmeal out of the foot. The cold draw offers some raisin flavor. Once lit, I pick up very light cocoa and wheat. Through the nose, there is light cinnamon with little body. The finish hits me with black pepper and leather.
After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, metallic earth and leather take the front seat. Through the nose, there is a simple earth flavor. On the finish, I pick up fruity cocoa with some black pepper. Strength and body settle in at a steady medium.
The second third gets me to one hour and ten minutes. I find a stale toast and black pepper on the draw – it doesn’t excite me. On the retro-hale, the earthy flavor now has an unpleasant sourness to it. The finish gives me bitter cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third puts me at one hour and forty minutes. The draw flavors improve with sweet earth and black pepper. Unfortunately, there is more of the same sour earth through the nose. Cocoa and black pepper dominate the finish. Strength and body finish out at a consistent medium.
The Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas simply didn’t wow me. It has a very simple flavor profile with minimal complexity and some harsh and unpleasant notes. Construction was pretty good, but overall, this cigar was a let-down. For $9.55, there are tons of other much better cigars I’d reach for first, and for that reason, I can’t recommend this one.