Samples from BnB Tobacco used for this review. All reviews are my own.
This is just another Rocky Patel, right? Keeping track of all the offerings from Patel is a full time job but, amongst all that chaff, there are some genuinely good cigars. I like the 1992 and the Decade and have heard good things about the Fifteenth Anniversary line. I haven’t heard much about this cigar though.
While I normally abstain from talking about a cigar’s band(s) I just can’t ignore it this time. The styling, for whatever reason, looks Aztecan, which might be what they’re going for. I don’t know about that but I do know I’m not a big fan of bands, two in this case, covering up approximately 40% of the wrapper. “What are you hiding?” is what crosses my mind whenever I see this.
After taking off the auxiliary “By Nimish” band I see that it’s a good looking cigar… for the most part. There is this one large vein that runs from cap to foot in a slight slant pattern. The wrapper itself is a consistently dark brown color and it is an oily wrapper. The cap is finished with a pigtail.
Length: 4 ½″
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan & Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran & Costa Rican
Price: $100.00/Box of 20 | $5.50/Single
It starts out peppery and the smoke’s consistency is very grainy. There is this one note, however, that I am finding in this cigar (as well as the other one I smoked for this review) that is a little off or, better yet, flat. That flat flavor tastes like bleached hay.
What’s weird is that I don’t dislike this cigar. While “bleached hay” doesn’t sound appetizing in the least there is something about it that I do like. It works well with the pepper, which is abrasive and demands your attention even if you try to focus on other aspects of this cigar.
It does start to mellow out a bit during the second third. The flavors meld better and in addition to the pepper and the hay there is a rich nuttiness as well. For a cigar that I didn’t think held much promise it certainly does have my attention.
As the cigar progresses at its very slow pace there is a sweetness that starts coming through. That flat, bleached hay flavor has changed into just being hay, which is an improvement. The pepper has dissipated and is pretty much a nonentity.
It’s a decent cigar. Medium bodied with a good draw and a decent burn it has some good flavors that remain interesting the whole way through. Worth a try.