User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Appearance, Taste, Bold Ecuador Wrapper, Smoke Volume
Cons:Burn rate, Expensive
The Bottom Line: The Rocky Patel Sixty is a fine cigar, that shows what Honduran companies are capable of.
It had been awhile since I had a cigar, with an Ecuadorian wrapper. These are not common, but you can usually find a couple of them at any store, and a few of them are through on line retailers. That's how I got the Rocky Patel 1992 Sixty's, and in a five pack. At close to $50 they aren't cheap, but these are cigars you want in your humidor. I had heard of these from a well respected friend, who told me, "you've got to have those." I now have, in fact I've had two of them, and can say that they are very good cigars. While not the best I've had, they are in the top tier, and the 6x60 size makes you need a big cutter.
Recommend this product?
First of all, kudos to Rocky Patel, for designing another pretty cigar. These look every bit of their high price, and I appreciate the consideration of quality here. The Sixty's are "eye candy," and the dark wrapper is attractive, smooth, and built with loving standards. You can see the care from holding one, although as soon as you do, you'll want to fire it right up. Its almost maduro dark, and while the cap requires a bit of work, you can get it it with a solid guillotine. Without a doubt, this looks more like a Cuban or Dominican, than the Honduran it is. That is a compliment in every regard, and what sets this apart, from other Rocky's and cigars from this country.
This is a fairly full bodied cigar. Yet even with that, it does mellow out a good bit, and does not overpower you. I was able to enjoy its spicy notes, that included pumpkin, chocolate, and some sweet coffee for a good mix. There's a peppery infusion all the way throughout the experience, and I'd recommend this for an after dinner smoke. While it is not as strong as a Cohiba XV or similar cigars, this one is best with a full meal. A good drink with this one would be rum, although on my next one, I'm going to try it with coffee just to see how it meshes with that beverage. That's the strongest note in this cigar, and I like how it hits you a bit, without forcing you to sit down.
The smoke volume is impressive. That 60 gauge really does deliver plumes, and the draw is perfect. It takes no effort at all, but I did have on the second cigar, a bit of an uneven burn rate. Otherwise, the construction seems to be above average, as the filler and wrapper hold up throughout, and even with some chomping. This is a damn fine cigar, and while you'll take some time to cut and light it due to its girth, you can relax with this spicy selection. Its a fine alternative to other cigars, and Rocky and his staff, deserve a pat on the back for this one. I have enjoyed them, and look forward to firing the rest up with some more time in the humidor. I recommend these, and although they are expensive, they are a fine example of an Ecuadorian wrapper smoke should be like.
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Cigar Name: Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Sixty''s
Cigar Rating: Better than most
Price per cigar ($US): 10