Nish Patel, a name many may recognize, but for those who don’t, Nish is Rocky Patel’s younger brother and a big part of the Rocky Patel Cigar company. 2 years ago Nish launched the first cigar with his name on it, the Xen by Nish Patel, a mild, box-pressed Connecticut wrapped cigar. This year, Nish went in the completely opposite direction, creating a dark and oily cigar with some big strength, aptly named Bold by Nish Patel. It is darker and stronger in every way from the Xen, using a dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that delivers dark flavors from the start. What makes this cigar even more interesting is the double binder, a common practice in the industry, but the tobacco’s used for the binders are quite different from one another; one being a Mexican San Andres Negra wrapper and the other being a Connecticut, quite opposite from one another. The fillers are all Nicaraguan, some from Jalapa and some from Esteli, creating what has the potential to be a very unique and intriguing flavor profile. With that said, let’s get this cigar lit and see what it brings.
Size: Toro 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andres Negra & Connecticut
Price: $9.00/stick or $169.95/box of 21
Appearance: The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that adorns the Bold by Nish Patel is dark brown, almost coffee bean in color, with a slight oil to it. The wrapper is slightly veiny and a bit rough to the touch, though it is spongy when lightly squeezed, just as I would hope. The seams are just slightly visible from top to bottom and the triple cap is near perfect. The band is striking in color, a textured red that looks to fade into a darker red as it moves around the band with a white square in the middle with the NP logo in the middle. Beneath that is the Bold namesake and the words “by Nish Patel” moving vertically up the side next to the white box. There is a secondary band beneath the main band that states Patel Family in a script writing.
Pre-Light Aroma: The foot of the Bold by Nish Patel has an interesting bouquet of scents, including a fruit jam like sweetness with a hint of spice and barnyard in the finish. The wrapper is a simple sweet tobacco like scent with the barnyard again coming through on the end. Once clipped, the lips are met with a tingle from the spice and an additional sweetness on the draw, akin to raisin or plum. The draw is slightly tight, just how I prefer it.
The Bold by Nish Patel comes out of the gate swinging, with a peppery spice hitting the back of your throat and a dark charred woodsy note permeating over the palate. There is a bitter espresso sweetness that lingers on the palate between puffs as well, creating an interesting flavor combo right off the bat. The smoke is thick and chewy, abundant on each draw of the stick. It is definitely living up to the Bold moniker, starting in the medium-full strength category though it hits the truly full mark by the end of the first third. The burn line wavers a bit through the first third, though never to the point of needing a touch up while the ash holds for the bulk of the first inch and a half.
Into the second third and the sweetness presented in the 1st third has taken over as the primary flavor. The sweetness still comes through as a slight espresso sweetness, though the fruit jam I picked up on the foot pre-light has begun to come through as well. The spice has lightened up in the back of the palate, lingering but not overpowering to this point. The nose is sweeter as well, a light cinnamon like spice that pairs well with the palate flavors. Strength wise this falls easily into the full bodied category, not overpowering, but enough to make you take notice. The burn continues to waver slightly but never gets out of control and the ash is still solid as you can ask for.
The final third of the Bold by Nish Patel continues on the sweet path it began in the middle third. The sweet fruit jam flavor continues to be the main highlight with the peppery spice continuing to linger on the back of the tongue. The espresso flavor has been replaced by a light powdered cocoa that comes through intermittently. As has been throughout the smoke, the strength finishes at the full mark, keeping your attention from start to finish. This is a cigar that would be best enjoyed after a nice dinner with a spirit to accompany it. The construction is fantastic as has become the standard with RP made products and this is a cigar Nish Patel should be proud to have his name on. It is a great addition to the line and one that many will enjoy. If you would like to try this cigar, please call us at 800-669-7167 or check out CigarKing.com.