Rocky Patel Cigars History
Rocky Patel is one of the hardest working guys in the cigar industry. A survivor or the 90’s cigar boom Rocky Patel Premium cigars has grown to be one of the biggest “boutique” cigar companies. In the mid 1990’s Rocky Patel was a lawyer in Los Angeles and one of the founding members of the Grand Havana Club. It was at the Grand Havana Club he was approached with the idea of starting a cigar company in Honduras. Rocky was apprehensive but decided to jump in full force.
Indian Tabac Cigar Co. was the name of his cigar company. In 1996 this new cigar company debuted at the cigar industry trade show RTDA in Cincinnati , Ohio. Retailers loved the new brand and the innovative packaging. Rocky believed it was up to the young new companies to push the industry forward with new ideas and innovations. Today this is what most people fear will be lost with the new FDA regulations starting to kick in.
Rocky Patel is currently very involved in all aspects of the fight against FDA regulation of the premium cigar regulation as one of the its most outspoken critics.
Rocky Patel schedule is superhuman. He rarely sees his home and headquarters in Naples, Florida. Yearly, he logs more than 300 days on the road and over 150,000 miles. He has once been in 600 cities within 750 days! However, the time on the road is worth it, considering, that in every town, Rocky wins over new customers and introduces more and more people to the Rocky Patel brand. This practice is an extension of Patel’s plan to get his cigars in the hands of as many people possible. In the ‘mom and pop’ world of tobacconists, it is important for Rocky to share his enthusiasm for his stellar product.
Rocky believes that blending tobaccos from various regions, takes greater skill and knowledge and the end product can develop into an amazing cigar. This process is time consuming and, while experimenting with hundreds of blends, can literally take a year or more to produce the perfect blend.
Rocky Patel Edge
Sizes available Missile 5 x 48 | Robusto 5 1/2 x 50 | Toro 6 x 52 | Torpedo 6 x 52 | Double Corona 7 1/2 x 52 | Battalion 6 x 60 | Howitzer 7 x 70
Rocky Patel Edge cigars are some of the most popular blends on the market today. They come in a wide variety of blends from mild/medium to full body. My personal favorite is the Edge Sumatra. It is one of the all around best cigars available today at a very reasonable price.
Mild-to-medium bodied cigar with a Connecticut wrapper tones down the Edge blend. Smooth & creamy with a nutty core accompanied with a hint of sweetness. The Edge Connecticut produces a long solid ash winning many Long Ash competitions. Also known for being a great golf course cigar. The Edge Lite is a great cigar for the beginning cigar smoker and those looking for a nice mild medium connecticut blend. 91 Rating by Cigar Aficionado
Wrapper: Connecticut, Ecuador Connecticut, Filler: Honduran
The Edge Maduro is a great full body smoke at a value price. Easily one of the best selling cigars of all time at local tobacconists. Rich, dark oily maduro wrapper.
91 Rating by Cigar Snob Magazine
Cigar Journal Best Honduras Cigar 2015
Wrapper: Honduran Maduro
Filler: Nicaraguan, Panamanian, & Proprietary Secret filler
One of my all time favorites. This is easily one of the best Sumatra wrapper cigars on the market today at any price point. The $6.50 price tag is a bargain for this smoke. Smooth medium to full body this cigar is still listed as limited production but seems to always be available these days. This one is my pick to try if you have not tried an edge and like the medium to full body flavor profile.
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
Toro 6 x 52 | Torpedo 6 x 52 are the only sizes available in this blend.
Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars of the Year 2007
91 Rating by Cigar Aficionado
The Rocky Patel Edge Habano aka Nicaragua is the only Nicaraguan edge blend. This cigar is hand rolled in Nicaragua and showcases a stunning oily Habano wrapper. For the Nicaraguan fans out there this is a good blend to try.
Toro 6 x 52 | Torpedo 6 x 52 | Battalion 6 x 60 are the only sizes available in this blend
Wrapper: Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler Nicaraguan
Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars of the Year 2015 #7
Cigar Aficionado Best Bargain Cigar 2013
94 Rating by Cigar Aficionado
Medium in body with flavors that consist of sweet spice and green tea accompanied by a creamy finish. Candela wrapper cigars are always interesting to me. The look odd and taste different. I don’t love or hate candela wrapper cigars they are just ok to me. I recommend trying a candela cigar just for a change of pace.
Wrapper: Habano Seed Candela
Toro 6 x 52 is the only size available in this blend.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990
In 2003 Rocky Patel created the Vintage 1990 and Vintage 1992 blends to focus on the Rocky Patel brand. At the same time he rebranded as Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. The Vintage series was superior to anything Patel had created previous, the Vintage Series was made up of premium quality aged tobaccos. Rocky discovered unused bales of old Honduran-grown broadleaf and Ecuadorian Sumatra. He used these two different tobaccos to create both lines of the Vintage Series. He soon found out that the older tobacco performed significantly better than anything he had used before.
He also cut back on production to focus on quality control. Instead of 400 to 500 Cigars being rolled a day, Rocky cut it back to 250. This increased quality and craftsmanship greatly. Attention to quality has produced a fine line of cigars that have consistently rated over 90 in Cigar Aficionado.
Vintage 1990 Blend info
|Shapes:||Perfecto 4 x 48 | Petite Corona 4 1/2 x 44 | Robusto 5 1/2 x 50 | Toro 6 1/2 x 52 | Torpedo 6 1/4 x 52 | Sixty 6 x 60 | Churchill 7 x 48 | Robusto Glass Tube 5 x 50 | Churchill Glass Tube 7 x 48 | Toro Tubo 6 x 50 | Juniors 4 x 38|
|The 1990 Vintage is a medium-bodied cigar leaning more toward the milder side with a nutty, caramel essence. This cigar is highlighted by a 12-year-old Honduran Broadleaf wrapper that has softened in strength over the years, yet gained in complexity and flavor. Renowned for its elegance and balance, the 92-rated 1990 Vintage has twice been placed in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year. Description courtesy of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars|
Vintage 1990 is a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan Ligero in a natural Broadleaf wrapper from Honduras. It’s medium-bodied and box-pressed with a complex smooth-rich flavor.
Vintage 1990 received a 93 and 92 rating.
Rocky Patel Connecticut
Rocky Patel makes several nice connecticut cigars including the Edge Lite, Vintage 1999 and the new Catch 22 connecticut to name a few. Overall my favorite is probably the Vintage 1999 Connecticut. It is a smooth Mild / Medium connecticut cigar and always one of our best sellers in our shops. To me it is a cigar you can’t go wrong with. It has enough body and flavor to satisfy the seasoned cigar smoker but is mild enough for the beginner or for a gift.
Rocky Patel has done a great job building a cigar brand from scratch and is an inspiration to many new startup cigar companies today.