In an industry built on name recognition and reputation, Rocky Patel’s passion has brought his brand to heights unseen by most boutique cigar manufacturers. His hard work and long hours have been paying off in big ways. A survivor of the cigar boom, Patel has outlasted his competition with unrivaled persistence on his quest for perfection. With a grueling travel schedule, office responsibilities and production, Rocky still maintains the enthusiasm that he has had since day one. As he travels the world, putting his cigars in the mouths of his consumers, his passion extends beyond the retailer, allowing his customers the experience of meeting the man behind their favorite smokes. Rocky Patel has created a company that has out shined even those created by multimillion-dollar corporations, and he’s doing it one customer at a time.
It was the mid-1990s when the premium cigar market was drastically changing. Rocky Patel lived and worked in Los Angeles as an entertainment and product liability lawyer. Through a friend, Rocky was introduced to cigars and was instantly fascinated by them. He then became one of the original founding members of the Grand Havana Club in Los Angeles. While dabbling in various investment ventures, Rocky was approached with a business plan to manufacture cigars. In 1996 at the RTDA in Cincinnati, Ohio, Indian Tabac Cigar Co. was formally introduced. With his eye-popping packaging, Patel went against the grain and this strategy has continued to pay off. While meeting new and unique people everywhere he goes Rocky also hosts trips to Honduras for his customers, providing them with a one of a kind experience of witnessing his operation and passion first hand.
In 2003, Rocky put aside the Indian Tabac brand name he spent years building, to focus on the Rocky Patel Vintage Series. A superior smoke to anything Patel had created previous, the Vintage Series was made up of premium quality aged tobaccos. In Honduras, 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. The hard work Patel put into Vintage was worth it as 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 left room for unprecedented craftsmanship and his attention to quality has produced a fine line of cigars.
Due to Rocky’s charisma, enthusiasm and personal approach, the cigar industry has definitely taken notice. No one can question his methods as the proof is in the pudding. However, while his company is thriving, Rocky is still on his quest for perfection. His greatest wish is to create the optimal tobacco mixture that makes his cigars ‘immortal’. Rocky believes that his cigars should evolve into the prime example for quality for generations. His hard work is paying off as he is building a brand that is being recognized everywhere. Rocky assures his consumers that, “You can expect more and you will get more”.
This cigar has a box-press shape with a gorgeous dark and oily wrapper that offered earthy and woody tones. There are florals and a slightly sweet smell and flavor on the pre-light. It was smooth and silky to the touch.
1st quarter: Once fired up, there was a very smooth draw with an excellent aroma of dry fruit. Dense smoke appeared with traces of spice, earthy notes and cocoa characters. There was a light character and a bit of spice on the palate and through the nose. 2nd quarter: A mild body slowly built with well-balanced characters and a rich, underlying sweet tone. An effortless draw allowed a lot of thick and spicy smoke into the palate and the air. 3rd quarter: There was an uneven burn that produced a salt and pepper gray ash. Some cocoa and spicy notes came through the nose and onto the palate. Near the end of this portion, the flavors began to change into a deep earthy and woody flavor with a lot of spice dominating the cigar. 4th quarter: A consistently slow burn produced a long and dense, dark gray ash. Some bold earthy notes and a light spice flavor were on the palate while toasty notes appeared in the aroma. Light wood tones with noticeable pepper developed and lingered on the palate.
The Rocky Patel Twenties cigar offers provided a slow burn and an earthy character with notes of spice and cocoa. There were some underlying sweet tones in the aroma and on the finish. A fairly complex cigar with richness that lingers on the palate, it has an excellent draw and overall construction.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Reviewed at: The Man Cave.
Time Smoked: 1 hour 20 minutes.
Filler: Honduran and Nicaragua.
Size: 4 ½” x 50.