Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon – Sixty

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Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon – Sixty

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Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Source : bought at local store

Today I have a new stick, the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon in the Sixty size (6×60). Yes I tend to like toro sizes and up so I was looking forward to smoking this one with the cameroon wrapper on it.

If you did not figure it out, the 2003 represents when the cameroon wrapper was harvested., so it has aged eight years.

I paid $7.65 a piece for these sticks at a local store.

These come in five standard sizes and are in boxes of 20.

Pre-Light

Taking a look at this Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon and it has a nice chocolate colored wrapper with a striking band combination of metallic blue with white lettering. I do not notice any prominent veins and looks well constructed.

Sniffing the wrapper i get a nice barnyard scent while the foot gives more of a hay scent.

Snip.

Cold draw gives me a pleasant leather taste.

Light it up and away we go

First Third

Starting out this Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon and it gives off a little spice note that is more noticeable through the sinus’ along with a leather taste.

Woody taste comes into play along with the leather after about an inch.

I would say it is a medium right now but towards the low end of the scale.

Flavors really stayed consistent throughout the first third with the leather and wood being the only main flavors I tasted. A little bit of spice is there but not anywhere near the front facing flavors like the aforementioned.

Second Third

Starting the second third of the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon and it is definitely a medium strength right now. Dominate flavors have not changed but everything is burning well and going good so far.

Well this review seems to be very short but the cigar is staying with the wood and leather notes so far. I really have not gotten any change except a little more spice on the tongue than what there was before.

Really a good smoking cigar if you like these flavors, which I do. I think it gets interesting when a cigar gets different flavors throughout but I think I enjoy a good smoking stick more as I do not have to pay attention to the cigar in order to enjoy it and catch every little thing that happens.

Final Third

Getting down to the wire with this Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon and like I said above, it is a good medium strength cigar with a consistent flavor profile.

Come to think of it, this reminds me a little of the CAO Sopranos cigars, which I really enjoy the Tony Soprano size in.

Here at the end, no surprise, nothing really changed. A little bit of the spice was lost in this third but it was never as potent as the leather and wood so it isn’t much of a loss at all.

I did not get any harshness out of all the ones I smoked except when I got to about a half an inch left and then it got a bit hot and started to get a little harsh.

Wrap-Up

Would I buy them again? Yes. I really liked the solid performance and really a solid flavor profile throughout. I hate to use the term one-dimensional but in a sense I guess you could say that, even though it had 2 dominant flavors throughout, they never changed.

I was a little surprised by this stick and really look forward to picking them up again. I may try some other sizes to see if the smaller vitolas have more flavor or more power (hopefully not as mild-medium is a very solid point for my smoking enjoyment).

10 thoughts on “Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon – Sixty

  1. I haven’t tried a new Rocky Patel cigar since Rocky started trying to outblend Ghurka. Just too many different cigars coming out with that guy’s name on them. And now with his brother’s name on them.

    Great review, though. This one might separate itself from the herd.

  2. Hey Mike good review I’m not a hugh Rocky Fan but I will grab one of these sticks if I get a chance, I haven’t had an RP in a while but that 6×60 is a little to big for me.

  3. Nice review, Mike, but I’m missing the entertainment value of your videos – especially that damned clock! 😉

    I love a good Cameroon, but I would have to go to a smaller size.

  4. I’ve smoked the cigar. First half, the cigar was okay but second half was so good that I did not put down the cigar. I was wishing for more at the end………

  5. I smoked a Churchill last night and was really happy with it. Really smooth, lot’s of nice smoke, great draw and wonderful aroma. Went very well with the single malt I was sipping on. I would say it went from medium in the first half to a bit stronger in the last half in a nice way, kept my attention. Flavors were consistent so it wasn’t overly complex but a very nice smoke, very toasty and comfortable. I managed it to the nub and was sorry to let it go out. I don’t have a lot of Rocky in my humidor’s, I generally buy the Sungrown at my B&M but I think some of these in the Robusto may just get better sitting for a bit, may even consider a box. I have smoked many of the Rocky blends and I rate this at the higher end of his offerings I have smoked.

  6. I smoked one of these Out of curiousity, RP has usually been a decent if not great smoke. I found that the first half was a bit of a heavier draw than I like, but once you get halfway with it it’s smooth sailing. Goes VERY well with a cask strength scotch (Nadura aged 16 years, 120 proof, 2-3 shots)
    Thank you for the review Mike, you were on the money with this one.

  7. Read this as I was enjoying the cigar, it really was a great smoke. I usually tend to more mild ones (Fuente Magnum R usually) but asked my local shop owner what he suggested for a bit more flavor, I wasn’t expecting this. I picked up on an apple sort of sweetness more than leather though. My only reservation is that it got pretty hot and lost almost all flavor in the end which may be your taste but i would rather it peak then… Definately one I’ll be getting again though.

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