Rocky Patel, one of, if not the most recognized names and faces in the cigar industry today. He has worked extremely hard over the last 20 or so years to become one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world, releasing some very highly rated cigars. His use of Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper has produced some of his best work, and the new Rocky Patel Royale uses this very wrapper. The creation, just introduced to the market this year at the annual IPCPR trade show, is one that Rocky himself has called his best work yet. Like many cigars in the RP portfolio, the Royale is a box pressed cigar coming in 20 count boxes, featuring 4 sizes to the line. While the packaging and sizes may be reminiscent of some of his previous works, do not be fooled, this is nothing like anything else Rocky has made. Let’s get to the specifics and light this beauty up.
Size: Robust 5 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Double consisting of Connecticut Broadleaf and Connecticut Shade
Price: $8.95/stick or $160.95/box of 20
Appearance: The Rocky Patel Royale’s Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is quite a bit darker than I expected, not quite maduro, but almost there. The box press shape is one I have always liked the look of and with the Royale, it is no different. It gives the cigar a unique look and box pressed cigars always seem to fit well in the mouth. The wrapper is a bit mottled as well, though not overly so, and the seams are invisible when inspected top to bottom. The triple cap is neatly applied, finishing the look of the cigar nicely. The bands are a soft brown and gold color, almost hard to see because the brown blends so well with the color of the wrapper. The top band is the standard Rocky Patel band while the bottom simply states Royale.
Pre-Light Aroma: Before lighting the Rocky Patel Royale, the foot gives off a combination of sweet flavors. A bit of raisin with some sweet molasses and a hint of floral notes are the highlight, a stunningly sweet combo I didn’t expect to pick up based on the blend information. There is a hint of spice through the nose as well, a sweet pepper note that comes through on the finish. The wrapper is more musky in scent, though the raisin note picked up on the foot is the overall profile of the wrapper as well. Once clipped, the dry-draw provides an open and easy flow, delivering notes of molasses and red bell pepper to the tongue with a tingling spice left on the lips.
Lighting the Rocky Patel Royale brings a surprising flavor to the palate, a sweet cedar note that was very much a pleasant surprise based on the pre-light flavors I picked up. The cedar note is distinct and dominating, covering the palate with each puff and lingering until you draw again. The spice is also present, though in a secondary role at the back of the tongue; it is heavier and more pronounced on the retrohale. The sweetness also has a citrus like quality to it as well, a nice tartness that pairs well with the cedar flavor. Strength wise the Rocky Patel Royale is medium-full right off the bat, though it doesn’t seem to be picking up steam as I burn through the first third. The burn line and ash are as good as you can ask for, even and strong, with the ash holding for nearly an inch before it falls into the ashtray.
The middle third of the Rocky Patel Royale sees the sweet cedar move into a secondary status, taken over by a cinnamon like spice and a nice coffee flavor. The tart citrus flavor has almost completely disappeared, only coming through every 5-6 puffs. The nose remains spicy, though not cinnamon like the palate, more red pepper in it’s delivery. Strength remains medium-full, a good dynamic for the flavor profile to remain the focal point of the cigar. The burn line is continuing along an even path without need for touch up and the ash holds again for around an inch before falling.
The final third of the Rocky Patel Royale sees the tart citrus note return in place of the coffee notes of the middle third, while the cedar and spice linger in the background on the palate. The citrus also makes an appearance in the retrohale, taking over and replacing the spice that was prominent through the nose throughout the cigar. The combination of flavors throughout this cigar are delicious, with the citrus note really shining to create a unique experience. The strength never got above the medium-full point for me, strong enough to make you notice but never outshining the depth of flavor from start to finish. While it is up to the consumer to decide if this is indeed Rocky’s best cigar to date, I will say it may be his most unique. To order any of the Rocky Patel Royale, you can call us at 800-669-7167 or click here.