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.
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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.
12 thoughts on “Rocky Patel Ocean Club”
Man…you just don’t hear enough Styx anymore.
Get a haircut you hippie! Just kidding. 🙂 Good review man. Welcome to the stogie review team!
Thanks for the link love to my previous articles.
Enjoyable review and enjoyed the better production than the first video (not that it was bad either). Looks like you’re starting to fit in…guess we have to keep you now. LOL
I am relatively new to cigars. I have off and on tried them throughout the last 20 years but have just recently gotten into really enjoying them on a regular basis. I prefer the “stogie” size. Anything over 50 ring and 5″. Recently I had a “66”. Its a no brand that was a 6″ 60 ring cigar. Its great after a crappy day at work, with a bourbon. The hour and thirty minutes or so it takes to reduce it to ashes flushes out all the horrible memories of the day and puts me in the perfect state of mind for things like paying bills. Sorry to say I couldn’t tell you what it tasted like. All cigars taste the same to me for some reason. I never get a “leather” or “wood” or “hard or smooth” flavor from any that I smoke. Maybe its because I like them the stronger the better. I’ve tried the mild/medium ones, but they usually bring me down too close to the 50 or below ring size, which I think women mostly smoke.
Now don’t get me wrong I have had some of the finest cigars available as well, even in the smaller sizes, and unfortunately didn’t sense anything all that different with them flavor wise either. So, spending lots of $$$ on “name” brands doesn’t always make for a better smoke. I get them on sale, or as special treats, or in bulk when the price is right. I have had Cuban, while in Mexico, and don’t understand all the whoop’ de’ do, unless it’s because they are forbidden in the US. I;ve had Siglo II’s and Cohiba’s but think Cuban coffee and the sandwiches are far superior.
I take the bands off too. I smoke them to my finger tips and so I don’t want the bands in the way. Besides I collect them. I was doing it for exchanging them for gifts and stuff but to achieve the quantity of bands needed I’d be dead from cancer long before reaching that quantity. So I collect them now so I can go back and see which ones I’ve tried and liked or disliked. I have a journal I keep too but forget to reference it when the humidor gets low.
I subscribe to Cigar Aficionado and devour it cover to cover. My favorite parts are the listing of cigars and ratings (I hope to see one listed I’ve smoked someday) and the pictures of cigar lovers who send them in of themselves and friends or family enjoying a good cigar. Other then that it depresses me because I’ll never be able to afford anything advertised in it, cigars or whatever. Although I have had some of the finer bourbons and whiskeys found within their pages.
Well, I just found your blog. I hope my introduction is acceptable. I’d enjoy being allowed to post from time to time, if that’s OK.
One up on Justin Holman for the great April 1 vid review race. Keep up the fantastic work.
Finally, Mike’s take on his beloved Ocean Club! Thanks Mike for providing a balance to Jerry’s utter hatred of this stick! Well done sir!
On second thought…what was up with that Styx intro? Seriously? I expect more out of the new guy@ SR! I get the Ocean theme…but come on, Styx?!
Nice review. How about you give the cigars a grade based on something you know and love? Or just give it a wrapup and summarize with recommendations.
Great review man.. hahaha love the song…
Hey Great Review Mike and I like how come sail away fit in with the Ocean Club theme. I haven’t had the chance to try the Ocean Club but I may make the extra push to get in a five pack of the sixty. Thanks for a great review man.
how much were they per peach?
God i love the music. Styx