I am doing my first solo video review on the Rocky Patel Cameroon Especial for your viewing pleasure. These cigars are bundle cigars and come in 3 sizes, Robusto (50 x 5.00), Toro (52 x 6.00) and a Torpedo (5 x 5.50). These cigars are made in Honduras using a Dominican binder, a Honduran wrapper, and of course, a Cameroon wrapper. Strength profile will be mild-medium. I am going to be smoking the toro size for this review.
When smoking a bundle cigar, I think you have to give certain platitudes to the cigar itself. I dont think you will ever find a perfect Davidoff style cigar, nor should you for this price point. I also think you should be aware that you may have some construction and burn issues as well. Once you watch the video, I hope you will understand these points a lot better and be able to handle yourself properly if you ever have the same issues.
As I felt the cigar for the pre-light inspection, it felt firm, but nothing really out of hand. I noticed a few veins and some of those were a bit large (see above statement about bundle cigars). Whenever I smell these cigars I tend to only smell the sweet tobacco of the cameroon wrapper and nothing else, so we leave that alone. I clipped the cap, a few times, and noticed there were some draw issues that I hoped would go away as I smoked further into the cigar. I flicked the creme brulee lighter to life and sparked the cigar up with ease. First few puffs were a little resistant, but I was hopeful. First tastes out of the cigar were the sweet tobacco and a bit of nuttiness.
While smoking this cigar, I would continue to get the nutty sweetness through out, but i had some major problems along the way. I had a super tight draw on this cigar that would not let up. I used my poker a few times, clipped the head, etc and I could not get it to loosen up. During the video you will see where a chunk fell out of the middle of the cigar as I tried to tap the ash off to do a touch up. Flavors are consistent throughout this cigar and this is the worst bout i have ever had with any cigar in my entire smoking life. I even got a bit of a whistle out of the cigar, but you will have to watch to figure that one out.
I highly recommend this cigar even with all of the trouble I had with it. I did not break everything into thirds because there really was no way to try and justify it with this cigar. I could have threw this one out and rerecorded the review, but I thought this is the way things happen sometimes, so I just went with it. Go out and buy yourself a bundle or so, or pick up a few singles from your local b&m if they carry them. If you like cameroon wrappers, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
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