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.
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.
Cold draw gives me a pleasant leather taste.
Light it up and away we go
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.
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.
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.
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).