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celsis
03-09-2009, 09:42 AM
This is part of a gift I received from rokkitsci and very well received it was as well. The gift contained two RP Sun Grown and one George's Reserver which I'll revue tomorrow.

Rocky Patel Sungrown

Appearance /15

(size Toro 61/2 x 52)

This stogie had a very nice wrapper and was nice and firm to the touch.There were very few veins and they didn't spoil the look of a good looking stick. the cap was uniform and well applied. 13

Smoking Characteristics /25

Pre lighting, there was a nice scented wood and vegetal smell from the cigar.The burn was good although it did go to a thirty five degree burn a couple of times before righting itself. More worrying was a split in the wrapper that developed between the first and second thirds. My worries were unfounded as the split was easily consumed without affecting the taste of the cigar. The draw was excellent - no hydraulic lungs needed! There was loads of spicy smoke and it smelt very powerful. Not one for the house - well, not for my house anyway! All in all, a good, powerful cigar that would have scored more if not for the split. 21

Flavour /25

The first draw of this was a shock as being a ciggie smoker, I always inadvertently inhale the first draw of a cigar. This sure let me know I was not smoking a cigarette by almost ripping my lungs out! I really need to stop that!

The first third was a nice mixture of spice and wood with a distinct overlay of white pepper. The second stage took on a slightly vegetal taste with overtones of espresso while the third stage continued on that vein with the espresso coming to the fore. there was a little harshness towards the end. A good tasting cigar but not for newbies! /21

Overall Impression /35

A very good cigar and one to recommend. the complexity took a little while to kick in but it was worth it in the end.This is not a cuban and does not have the complexity of same, but for a NC, it was a very good cigar. I found it a little rough around the edges and a bit harsh at times, but I'd definitely smoke them again. /30

Overall score = 85

Again, thanks to Rokkitsci for letting me try these.

G-man
03-09-2009, 10:13 AM
Bravoooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Nice review

Simon-JG-hr
03-09-2009, 10:13 AM
Nice review celsis! :thumb:

Confirms my view that I need to get some RPs to try.

rokkitsci
03-09-2009, 10:56 AM
The RP Sungrown is my favorite "go to" cigar; very consistent and, IMHO, much better than the more highly touted Vintages '90 and '92.

The only problem with Rocky Patel is that he makes TOO MANY FRIGGIN' SEEGARS! Make no mistake, this fellow has got the touch; his stogies (for the most part) are very, very good. However, you could quite easily smoke nothing but Rocky Patel products for the rest of your cigar-smoking life without ever getting bored, since the dude comes up with something new almost weekly.

My advice would be to identify an RP or two that pique your interest, then do some homework reading reviews on the web (I find http://www.puff.com/Cigar-Reviews/ to be comprehensive -- both CC and NC -- and reliable), then p'raps soliciting opinions from UKCF members.


Nice review celsis! :thumb:

Confirms my view that I need to get some RPs to try.

RhiannonBW
03-09-2009, 01:37 PM
Great review. I'm a huge fan of RP cigars, the Vintage ones being my favourites.

Rhiannon x

celsis
03-09-2009, 01:43 PM
Great review. I'm a huge fan of RP cigars, the Vintage ones being my favourites.

Rhiannon x

I had only tried the Vintage 1990 before, prior to these ones, but as Rokkitsci said, he does make a LOT of different cigars.

Simon, I've got a Vintage 1990 Robusto I can let you have when we meet up in London.......

deltawhisky
03-09-2009, 05:59 PM
Nice review, Celsis. Rocky Patel definitely seems to be keeping up its good reputation.

Simon-JG-hr
03-09-2009, 06:15 PM
Simon, I've got a Vintage 1990 Robusto I can let you have when we meet up in London.......:hail: 'twould be much appreciated. I'm sure I can rustle up something interesting in return. :849:

mb55317
03-09-2009, 06:17 PM
I picked up a few RP sticks along with others from brands like Camacho, Oliva, Nub and CAO on a recent trip to Chicago.. I thought all of these were really good smokes, they have excellent draw in particular. Unfortunately i havent been able to find any retailers that carry a decent stock selection that deliver to UK - anyone know of any? Does anyone know if these brands are planning to expand into Europe?

Cheers..

HabanoSy
03-09-2009, 07:38 PM
Great review. I'm a huge fan of RP cigars

:dito:

Cheers, HabanoSy

MaledettoToscano
03-09-2009, 07:50 PM
Really nice read celsis. RP is one of those brands that really intrigues me, with all the great press they get in the US. In a way mb hits the spot:


Unfortunately i havent been able to find any retailers that carry a decent stock selection that deliver to UK - anyone know of any? Does anyone know if these brands are planning to expand into Europe?

Ditto. When I look at the US cigar web-sites like Cigar International and co. there's so much stuff I'd like to try but we get so little of over here. Maybe not enough demand yet?

mb55317
03-09-2009, 08:17 PM
Yeah there probably isnt the level of demand here to make it worthwhile, in fact i hear a lot of the brands even have shortages of the highly rated sticks and thats just in the US market. I therefore wonder if they would have enough supply to go around even if there was the demand.

Its a shame though, the yanks appear to have a much bigger industry with trade shows etc and new releases coming out all the time. I think that fuels a greater interest and its unfortunate we cant get involved very easily.

Perhaps one year i'll attend the IPCPR trade show and bring back loads of samples. If anyone follows the Stogie Review guys they look like they had a blast this time around.

HabanoSy
03-09-2009, 09:37 PM
I picked up a few RP sticks along with others from brands like Camacho, Oliva, Nub and CAO on a recent trip to Chicago.. I thought all of these were really good smokes, they have excellent draw in particular. Unfortunately i havent been able to find any retailers that carry a decent stock selection that deliver to UK - anyone know of any?

Neptunecigars.com and Cigar.com both hold loads of these in stock although I do know you have to email Cigar.com with your order.

I have purchased from both of these sites many times in the past with no problems whatsoever...

Hope this helps...!?!

Cheers, HabanoSy

MaledettoToscano
03-09-2009, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the links HabanoSy :rock:

Big J
04-09-2009, 07:54 AM
I picked up a few RP sticks along with others from brands like Camacho, Oliva, Nub and CAO on a recent trip to Chicago.. I thought all of these were really good smokes, they have excellent draw in particular. Unfortunately i havent been able to find any retailers that carry a decent stock selection that deliver to UK - anyone know of any? Does anyone know if these brands are planning to expand into Europe?

Cheers..

nhcigars.com ships worldwide. They have a decent stock. Right now, they are offering 10% off on anything until the 15th of September. To get the 10% off, you need to use Promo Code CSN1859 when you checkout.

Hope this helps.

Cheers :smoke:

mb55317
04-09-2009, 04:44 PM
Excellent thanks for the links guys! I'll check them out and report back with my experiences:biggrin1:

HabanosSy - I wonder if you had any recommendations? Cigar.com have an awesome range of sticks! think i'll order a few samplers..

HabanoSy
04-09-2009, 09:25 PM
Excellent thanks for the links guys! I'll check them out and report back with my experiences:biggrin1:

HabanosSy - I wonder if you had any recommendations? Cigar.com have an awesome range of sticks! think i'll order a few samplers..

Gosh...!!!

There is so many to choose from on there...!?! Are you after advice for brand sample packs or on what singles to go for...?

Depending on your budget, this is what I'd go for...

Loaded:

Arturo Fuente - OpusX, Hemingway, God of Fire, Don Carlos
Ashton - VSG
La Aurora - 100 Anos, Preferido
Padron - 1926 Anniversary, 1964 Anniversary
Tatuaje - Miami

Comfortable:

601 - Green Oscuro, Original
Arturo Fuente - Sun Grown
Ashton - Ashton
Camacho - Corojo, SLR
Don Pepin -
Gran Habano - 3 Siglos
La Aurora - 1495
La Flor Dominica - Coronado, Double Ligero, Ligero
NUB - NUB
Oliva - Master Blends III, Serie G, Serie O, Serie V
Padron - Padron
Rocky Patel - Olde World, Signature, Vintage

Getting By:

Arturo Fuente - Arturo Fuente
CAO - Brazilia, Italia
Carlos Torano - Exodus Gold, Exodus Silver, Signature
Henry Clay - Henry Clay
Hoyo Excalibur 1066 - Hoyo Excalibur 1066
La Gloria Cubana - Serie R
MAXX by Alec Bradley - MAXX by Alec Bradley
Punch Gran Puro - Punch Gran Puro
Puros Indios Viejo - Puros Indios Viejo
Romeo y Julieta - Habana Reserve
Saint Luis Rey - Saint Luis Rey
Sancho Panza - Double Maduro

...I think that's enough to be getting on with, probably missing one or two but if you go for any of the above IMO you won't go far wrong...

Hope this helps you mb...

Cheers, HabanoSy

MaledettoToscano
04-09-2009, 10:58 PM
HabanoSy,

when these sites ship to the UK, what do they write as parcel content?

Just wondering :rolleyes: :biggrin1: ...

mb55317
06-09-2009, 11:43 AM
Yes you're right there is a LOT of choice.. thanks for the recommendations i'm sure they'll come in handy:smile:

HabanoSy
06-09-2009, 09:41 PM
HabanoSy,

when these sites ship to the UK, what do they write as parcel content?

Just wondering :rolleyes: :biggrin1: ...

I'll PM you...

you never know who's... :spy:

Cheers, HabanoSy

HabanoSy
06-09-2009, 09:43 PM
Yes you're right there is a LOT of choice.. thanks for the recommendations i'm sure they'll come in handy:smile:

Glad to be of assistance... :yo: :top:

Cheers, HabanoSy

jdawg
11-09-2009, 03:36 AM
Nice review, Celsis! I enjoy the Rocky Patel Sun Grown as well. In my opinion, it is one of his best.