My first knowledge of the juggernaut that became known as Rocky Patel was with his early brand Indian Tabac. It was at a tasting of these cigars in Los Angeles at Wally’s , a fine wine store which also sold cigars. The product was good, I bought a box, entered a raffle and ended up with two more boxes.
Of course we now know Rocky as a prime mover and shaker in the cigar world.
The appearance had a good looking wrapper with some slight veins and a bit oily to the touch. Overall I would rate this a 3.5 out of 5 which is respectable.
Using a Xixar cutter and lighter the smoke started as a slight vanilla bean flavor, with a creamy smooth taste, even burn and the operative word would be mild .
At the 1/3 mark the smoke was pleasant, no overwhelming characteristics , but so far was still enjoyable.
ROCKY PATEL AMERICAN MARKET SELECTION ROBUSTO
Size: 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Ecuadorian
Wrapper Leaf: Connecticut
Here is another view of the smoke , check the even burn,
Final thoughts: A mild smoke which is geared to the cigar smoker who does not want any rough edges. It is a definite Conn. flavor profile. I had one relight which did not distract from the overall experience. It makes for a respectable hour of smoking but not going to thrill anyone who might want to tell their buddies about this blend. As always the best way to determine if you like something, is try it yourself more than once. In my book, 3 out of 5.
Also know I received this sampler gratis from Famous Cigars which did not impact my thoughts about the cigar.