This months new world cigar brand of the month is Rocky Patel Cigars, if you haven't read our post about the brand and it's history you can check it out HERE. Each week we focus on one of the cigars from the brand that we think is an exceptional example.


This week our cigar of the week is the Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary Robusto. This is the final cigar from Rocky Patel to close out this months new world cigar brand of the month. So we're going out in style! If you're celebrating 20 years in the cigar business you do it in style, and that's certainly what Rocky did here. Aesthetically stunning (like nearly all Rocky Patel Cigars) the Twentieth Anniversary has also rated highly with a 93 rating from Cigar Journal and a 90 rating from Cigar Aficionado.



So why have we chosen the Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary Robusto as this week's cigar of the week?


First up, it's box pressed, and as your getting to know me and the kind of new world cigars I like, you will be realising I'm a sucker for box pressed cigars! This cigar has a great, almost rectangular press on it but doesn't suffer from uncomfortable hard edges like some extremely pressed cigars do. There are some boxes of cigars you open that just smack you between the eyes, the Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary do just that, visually and from the aroma!


Secondly, the blend. With 4 years in development, this blend combines fillers from Esteli, Jalapa, Nicaragua, Jamastran, and Honduras. And all of this is encompassed in an elegant Honduran wrapper. It really is a tour de force of tobaccos from some of the greatest cigar tobacco growing regions that go in to new world cigars.


Finally, flavours, This medium to full-bodied offering is brilliantly complex thanks to tobaccos aged up to 10 years! It has a number of flavours that include espresso, spice, chocolate, sweet cedar, pepper and leather. You will find this well-balanced treat hard to put down, as it remains true to character right down to the nub. 


Check out this weeks special offer on the Rocky Patel Twentieth Anniversary Robusto





As always, stay smokey, stay safe, Pete

This months new world cigar brand of the month is Rocky Patel Cigars, if you haven't read our post about the brand and it's history you can check it out HERE. Each week we focus on one of the cigars from the brand that we think is an exceptional example.


This week our cigar of the week is the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petit Belicoso .

Made in a boutique factory situated in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduros are triple-capped, hand-rolled new world cigars wrapped in rich and oily Broadleaf wrapper. In 2016 it earned the #2 ranking in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year. That accolade along with a 95-point rating have solidified the Sun Grown Maduro brand as Rocky’s Nicaraguan classic.




So why have we chosen the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petit Belicoso as this week's cigar of the week?


Firstly, if you read our blog 'There's a chill in the air' you will know I love Maduro cigars at this time of the year. For me Maduros cigars are often like a glass of red wine next to an open fire on a cold day. I find them warm, comforting with often deep rounded flavours which sit exceptionally well with coffee, whisky and even porter or dark traditional bitter beers. Of course, all of these can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but for me autumn is Maduro cigar season. If you haven't smoked a Maduro new world cigar before don't be scared! Dark wrappers do no mean a cigar is strong (though of course some are), Maduro in Spanish means ripe and it follows that Maduro wrappers tend to grow a little longer and are fermented for significantly longer which produces the darker colour and well rounded depth and complexity of flavour they can give. The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petit Belicoso is a great introduction to new world Maduro cigars, medium to strong it is however silky smooth.


Secondly, the vitola. Again as the autumn and winter weather in the UK starts to draw in many of us who don't have the luxury of indoor smoking spaces change our smoking habits. In short, we buy shorter cigars to avoid getting soaked to the skin or frost bite! The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Petit Belicoso fits the bill perfectly for this time of year, not to big not to small. Coming in at 5.5 x 52 it's a good 45 minute smoke


Finally, flavours, the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petit Belicoso is a flavour bomb. Packed full of mouthwatering flavors of sweet spice, dark chocolate, coffee, and creamy caramel. Like I said at the top, try it with a coffee, whisky or even your favourite porter or stout!


Check out this weeks special offer on the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Petit Belicoso



As always, stay smokey, stay safe, Pete

Every morning the grass has more and more dew on it, the leaves on the Chestnut trees are just turning their fiery orange before they fall to the ground to be kicked through by children and there's a distinct chill in the air. As Autumn arrives, many in the UK will change their smoking habits (we're already seeing it in orders). In this piece were going to take a look at some great autumn smokes - and no, they're not all small!


If you're really lucky you have a man cave / woman shed or garage with a heater where you can smoke in the cooler months, for many of us (including me) though the colder months offer a few of possibilities. 1) Keep smoking lager cigars and endure frostbite or being soaked to the skin 2) Switch to smaller cigars that lessen the risk of frostbite and a good soaking or 3) Be like a boy scout, be prepared for what ever the weather brings! It's the final option were going to look at here. You see colder months don't need to mean small cigars!


One of the beauties of new world cigars is the staggering array of different shapes and sizes you can get at every price point. If you're looking for cheap short winter smokes we've got them, if you're looking for a top end premium Corona we've got them and everything in between. Below you will see 3 of our top picks for sub 30 minute quick smokes, our top 3 picks for 30-40 minute smokes and our top 3 picks for around 45 minutes of pure joyous smokey escapism! Oh and if you cant decide we've even put together a great value sampler that has many of them in for you!


Sub 30 minute new world cigars. Think small means short filler cheap machine made new world cigars? Think again! The Camacho Machitos are rolled from the same tobaccos as their big brothers the Camacho Robustos Tubos, still one of the worlds best selling cigars, the Camacho Machitos punch way above their price. The La Galera Vitola Number 1 is a stunning short robusto ring gauge, long filler new world cigar, great coffee and cacao flavours. Perfect with a coffee on a nippy day. Finally the Davidoff Primeros, a real treat, and yes, a Davidoff for that price. It's a short filler which is reputedly rolled from the same tobaccos as the Davidoff Number 2's... the Davidoff Primeros is serious value!

30-40 minute new world cigars. In this bracket we are really spoiled for choice... this could have been a very very long list but we've narrowed it down to 3 great, very different new world cigars. First up the Davidoff Aniversario Short Perfecto, long filler hand rolled Davidoff cigars are a treat at any time. Oh and when you smoke perfectos you look cool as fuck! Quorum are hand rolled in Nicaragua at the JC Newmann Pensa factory, the same factory which rolls BrickHouse cigars! Good value doesn't even come close to describing them. Made with mixed filler tobaccos the Quorum Classic Short Robusto is a wallet friendly, great flavoured and well constructed treat! Last up, also from Nicaragua is the Daniel Marshall Petit Corona, still hard to find in the UK they are a bold but smooth smoke with enough punch to let you know you've had a good smoke. They are rolled at the Plasencia factory so you know the tobaccos and construction are top draw!



In the 40 minute to just under an hour cigars category are 3 stunning cigars. First up is the Plasencia Reserva Original Corona, my good lady has been smoking these all summer and possibly have become her go to rather than Trinidad Fundadores (nice little saving there!). The Plasencia Reserva Originals are stunning, 100% organic tobacco. A pure clean tasting cigar I particularly like them on a nippy morning with a coffee. Next up from the legendary Maduro Sun Grown line is the Rocky Patel Maduro Sun Grown Petit Belicoso. You might have noticed there has been a Maduro in 2 categories, I just love Maduro flavour profiles in the winter. Try this gem with a heavy porter or dark bitter! And last, but by no means least from boutique cigar producer Don Lucas, is the Don Lucas HS Series Corona. It features a Sumatran wrapper which adds a hint of spice to cigars. In the Corona vitola, wrapper has a greater effect on the overall flavour profile than on a Robusto or other large vitolas so the spice features more prominently. Try this by an open fire with a glass of red.


Oh and don't forget to check this epic cooler months new world cigar sampler out!



As always, stay smokey, stay safe! Pete

1/6

Created with crazy genius, beer, rum, smokes and tears in 2019 - in loving memory of the most humble, loving, caring soul I ever met. Bracken. 2008 - 2019