All right folks. I know I am not here again. But today I have a double whammy. Today I have for you a guest review from our review contest and following this post will be an update to our Troop Donation Program. I will be back for sure next week with the second set of 3 cigars from Roberto Cigars and I have a full line of reviews lined up for the immediate future. In the mean time, lets see how Jaime does with this RP Vintage 1992.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona
By Jaime Vives-Rivera
Country of Origin: Honduras
Size: 44 x 4.5
Wrapper: 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
Price: About a $100.00 per box of 20 ($5.00 per cigar)
Before I start with my review let me say that I do not consider myself an expert, a beginner to intermediate in terms of “palate” at best. I have been smoking cigars daily for about year now. In that period of time I have tried a variety of stogies, all handmade, from budget to premium. This has helped me develop my senses a bit.
In my search for the perfect short smoke I a came across the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Petit Corona and let me tell you that this little vitola slapped me in the face. It is box pressed and packed with tobacco. I was surprised at how solid it felt to the touch, and a little worried that this could cause draw and burn problems. Boy was I wrong. The draw was perfect, with a little resistance, the way I like it. The burn was razor sharp leaving behind a light gray ash which was fairly sturdy for such a small cigar, it held for about an inch every time. Also surprising was the fact that it burned for one hour and 5 minutes (timed).
In terms of flavor, that is where this petit corona stands out above the rest. I picked up hints of coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors with a little spice through the nose during the first half of the cigar (No point doing thirds since is a small size cigar). These stayed pretty consistent during the smoking experience, but during the last half the spice increased a bit. I could feel it in the tongue, palate and through the nose in a good and satisfying way. I liked it so much I burned my fingers a few times trying to nub it. This cigar also produced a LOT of resting smoke with a very pleasant aroma.
Compared to my few experiences with larger sized cigars of this line the complexity and variance in flavors cannot develop the same way, but their essence is there. This is justifiable; again, it is a small cigar. The only negative I can find is the price, about $100.00 for a box of 20. There are a lot of choices in this price range. Would I buy again? most likely. I have a few left and they are perfect for when time is not on my side.