Origin : Honduras
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Binder : Mexican
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Cost : $5.50 – $7.25 by box purchase
The Rocky Patel Ocean Club is an exclusive cigar to Holt’s Cigar Company. These cigars are available in four sizes, Robusto (50 x 5.00), Toro (52 x 6.00), Torpedo (52 x 6.50), and a Sixty (60 x 6.00).
Before going any further, I will point you to Jerry’s take on the Rocky Patel Ocean Club robusto size and also to Jerry’s infamous Bottom 10 Cigars of 2009 article, which also has the Rocky Patel Ocean Club robusto listed. Now that we have that out of the way, on with my review.
Lets check out this Rocky Patel Ocean Club Sixty to get an idea of how the cigar is before we fire it up. No soft spots that I can feel. There are a few veins but nothing to write home about. Wrapper did not have much of a scent to it and the foot smelled a bit like coffee. First puffs give a mild tobacco taste with maybe a bit of leather thrown in and that is about it.
Starting off my Rocky Patel Ocean Club I would point out that these have a very delicate wrapper. I had some nice leather with a hint of woodiness with a touch of spice on the end. Retro-hale is just wonderful with it being very smooth and not offensive at all. Super nice draw on this cigar with little to no resistance. This is a very mild cigar here in the beginning and I do not expect it to pick up a whole lot as I relax and enjoy this stogie.
Starting the second third of my Rocky Patel Ocean Club after about 30 minutes and the cigar is still nice and mild with the leather and woody flavors up front and a bit of spice on the end. Still just a superb draw with little to no resistance. Getting a bit of a sweet tobacco taste in this third, which I have had in other ones I have smoked. The sweetness seems to come and go through out this third. Burn has slowed down a bit in this second third but is still razor thin and never has needed a touch up yet. Leather has taken over as I get towards the end of the second third. not a whole lot of change in this third, just a smooth and mellow smoke to relax to (on your yacht).
After an hour and fifteen minutes I am getting into the final third of the Rocky Patel Ocean Club Sixty and everything is going great. Still a mild to low-medium cigar that just relaxes you as you smoke. might be in the medium range now, but it is still mellow for me. Taste profile has changed to the woody side, with a bit of leather in the background. I could not tell you which wood it is as i have not gnawed on enough species of tree in my day to know, but it is a mellow one. Entering the last inch of my Rocky Patel Ocean Club Sixty and it is getting a bit harsher now. I think the harshness is due to the loose draw making it heat up a bit.
I really and thoroughly enjoy the Rocky Patel Ocean Club Sixty and I think if you are a mild-medium smoker, you might like them also. I feel so relaxed after smoking one. Burn characteristics were great, even with sitting the cigar down to type notes it never needed a burn correction. Flavor profile will not reach out and smack you in the face, it is predominately woody and leathery the whole way through with very little change up.
Make sure you set aside some time to enjoy this cigar, as it took me around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the toothpick stage. I believe it was time well spent.