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