Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Size: Robusto (5 x 54)
When one hears the phrase “Olde World” it immediately transports them back to a time of explorers and conquistadors. Indeed it is in the very history of the Columbus discovery, that the Europeans had their first real interaction with cigars. Since then the story of the cigar has been a storied and colorful one. Living up to its moniker is the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve, which immediately transports one into the rich and full experience of a well crafted cigar.
Construction: The construction of the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve reflects the vision of Rocky Patel to create the ultimate cigar to represent his line. It is truly an exercise in patience and research that has brought Rocky to the apogee in his cigar lineup. The cigar that I smoked was the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve corojo robusto. The Olde World is of a nice box pressed finish with a sturdy cap, that just begs to be punched. With the most minimal of efforts, I was able to do a shallow punch that allowed for an exquisite draw. The corojo wrapper while fraught with veins, was tightly constructed and showed no splits or tears. Oftentimes one can thumb through a box of cigars, and see where the veins have allowed for tears or splits to develop, but I am pleased to announce that in my review of the box and stick, I saw no such issue.
Draw: As aforementioned in the preceding paragraph the draw was impeccably smooth, and allowed for plumes of smoke to come billowing out at each satisfying inhalation of the Olde World.
Burn: The burning of the Olde World is a testament to the fine construction of the stick. Throughout the experience the binder stayed intact, and the burn lines gradually moved up the stick at an even pace. No tunneling was detected, and the ash was solid grey, and had a striated pattern as is evidenced in the accompanying pictures. The ash was also firm enough to stay in place until one is ready to ash the cigar.
As a brief aside, of all brands that I have smoked, the most ash I have ever been able to accumulate without collapse has always come from a Rocky Patel stick.
Flavor: The flavor of a finely crafted cigar is always an enjoyable thing, and the fullness of the Olde world is both complex and smooth. The cigar’s potency is a medium body that builds to a full about midway through. At the onset of the experience the palate will detect a hint of spice, and from there it builds into a unique floral aroma. The best way to describe it is by way of the taste one can detect when walking through a freshly watered botanical garden. In short it is earthy and pleasant; this flavor remains until about the midpoint or final third of the stick. For the final stretch the cigar takes on a nutty complexity that interchanges with a rich tobacco taste of an old English styled pipe tobacco. Needless to say the flavor and aroma are in union to create a wonderful treat for the palate!
Overall Opinion: From start to final draw this cigar is one finely crafted stick. The beautiful thing is that it is a testament that some of the best things in life don’t come with heavy price tags. The usual price is around nine to ten dollars, and it has a wonderful economy about it, in that it is a super premium smoke for a mid range price. As my one friend puts it “The Olde World Reserve is a poor man’s Padron Anniversary.” I think this is a great way to get the flavor of a super premium Padron at a fraction of the cost. Rocky Patel has continually crafted fine cigars, and this is the crowning jewel to his collection. So if you fancy a journey into the complexly full and beautiful world of fine cigars, then grab a Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve and taste the heritage and history of a proud pastime with each satisfying puff!
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