Similar to my reviews of the Rocky Patel Honduran Classic, Rocky Patel Cuban Blend and Rocky Patel Rosado, the Rocky Patel American Market Selection is a Famous Exclusive…meaning you can only get them at Famous Smoke Shop. Again, in the interest of complete transparency I wanted to say that Famous Smoke Shop is an advertiser with The Stogie Review and we’re also good friends on Twitter with @Famous_Hayward. With that disclaimer, let me add that these cigars were purchased by me back in February 2009.
I’m not sure what happened during this video review. I actually didn’t expect my review to take the turn it did. There isn’t anything “wrong” with the Rocky Patel American Market Selection aside from some inconsistencies in construction from cigar to cigar. But while discussing other Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars it hit me, that while there isn’t anything wrong with Rocky Patel American Market Selection, I can’t see me purchasing anymore in the future. Mainly because there are several alternatives, a couple with lower price tags, that deliver a similar, equal and in some cases, better flavor than the Rocky Patel American Market Selection.
The Rocky Patel American Market Selection is a solid cigar with a predominantly sweet/woodsy flavor, accompanied by a creamy/nutty natural tobacco flavor. Its mostly a mild bodied cigar, whose flavor profile is clean, crisp but short lived. Like I said, its a solid cigar but when you start thinking about alternatives and take value into account, thats where it becomes impossible for me to purchase them in the future. If I won’t be purchasing them, I can’t in good conscience, recommend the Rocky Patel American Market Selection to you.