Rocky Patel Vintage 1999

According to the Rocky Patel website, “The Vintage 1999 brand showcases the oldest true Connecticut shade wrapper on the market. This mild, smooth cigar compliments the pale, exquisite wrapper delivering all the toasty notes. The finest mild cigar that’s best described as creamy, buttery, nutty – or simply nuttery!”
One cannot question all that Rocky Patel does for the cigar industry with his fighting for our rights versus those who do not understand the art form known as cigars. So with a tip of the cap and a big thank you to Rocky Patel for doing battle on our behalf today we light up the Vintage 1999 Connecticut.

Cigar: Rocky Patel Vintage 1999
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Connecticut (Aged 7 Years)
Binder: Nicaragua (Aged 7 Years)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua (Aged 7 Years)
Strength: Mild
Source: Two Guys Smoke Shop

The Look: The white and gold bands that adorn the Rocky Patel are classy yet familiar. The primary band features the Rocky Patel logo while the secondary band denotes it is the Vintage 1993 Connecticut. The wrapper is golden in color with an almost yellowish hue. There are some significant veins present that take away slightly from the beauty but shouldn’t cause any burn issues. The cigar has a hefty weight to it and a well packed foot.

The Notes: The foot of the cigar is buttery and rich with a natural tobacco sweetness to it. Once the cap is clipped there is a fig like sweetness with a hint of molasses as well.
As we smoke the first third of the cigar there is a nice toast note with melted butter. If there was a cigar that reminded me of breakfast this fits the mold. In fact it reminds of Tostado Cubano (Cuban Toast) in Miami and consider there is snow mounds here of 12 feet, it’s a nice warm memory.
The second third of the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut remains with its core notes of toast and butter but the cigar gets even smoother, and creamier.
The last third of the cigar picks up some nutty notes and the buttery richness remains on the aroma of this incredibly smooth cigar that introduces a hint of spice at the very end.

The Burn: One can tell looking at the cigar if the aging isn’t close to what Rocky Patel advertises on this cigar, but the fact that the burn line is razor-thin, there is some definitive aging going on here. The burn line is even for the post part and it burns to perfect with a light to medium gray ash. The draw is impeccable as well.

The Finish: The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut is a good cigar for the novice or someone who wants to smoke something mild. Warm and toasty with notes of melted butter this cigar is a good breakfast cigar for the experienced smoker as well if you are looking to ease your way into a stronger cigar as the day progresses.

Score: 90


Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 – from Stogie Review

If you’re like me (and, honestly, why wouldn’t you be?), you tend to go for cigars that are at least medium bodied to full because you crave a blast of flavor and a little nicotine buzz to boot. Even so, it is nice to have a tasty mild cigar every now and then to change things up. The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut Robusto is such a cigar, being mild in strength but medium in flavor. It had a delicious mix of floral spices and sweet saltiness that was quite enjoyable. Couple that with great construction and you have a cigar that I highly recommend you try!


Rocky Patel  1990 Vintage

Wrapper: 12 yr Honduran Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: 5yr Dominican and Nicaraguan
Binder: 5yr Nicaraguan
Size: 5.5X50 Robusto

Rocky Patel website:

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.


Cigar Aficionado:

Rocky Patel has sold cigars under the Indian Tabac label since 1995, but it wasn't until 2003 that he created a cigar using his own name. His Vintage blend is entirely new, made in a separate factory with older tobaccos and a balanced and elegant blend with good complexity. Last year was a breakout year for Patel.
In October, he attained his highest rating ever: 92 points.
The score was awarded to the Vintage 1990 Robusto, the best of Patel's cigars.
The 5 1/2 by 50 corona gorda is made with a little-used leaf, a broadleaf tobacco planted in Honduras, in a field in the Talanga Valley owned by U.S. Cigar Sales. The rarity of the leaf, plus short sales kept U.S. Cigar Sales from using the tobacco years ago and it took on brilliant age. The result is a toasty and balanced blend.

J R Cigar:

Rocky Patel’s name should be familiar to all serious premium-cigar enthusiasts. The innovator’s well-earned reputation as producer of some of the highest-rated cigars comes from an unparalleled commitment to craftsmanship and quality. For instance, each Rocky Patel cigar will have an even burn, perfect draw, and a wonderfully consistent flavor.
And the Vintage 1990, the oldest of Patel's Vintage offerings, is no exception.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 features a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-leaf ligero filler well-aged to bring out the invigorating complexity. What’s more, this hand-rolled beauty is dressed in a broadleaf maduro wrapper from Honduras, aged to perfection for 12 years, making Rocky Patel's commitment to excellence quite clear.

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 boasts a premium tobacco blend that delivers a pleasant, voluminous smoke and a brilliantly smooth flavor with captivating notes of caramel and nut. The creation is a mild-to-medium-bodied cigar, perfect for quiet evenings and rich conversations. Refresh your collection and review our Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 offerings, all available in singles, tins, and boxes.

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