Rocky Patel has a new factory in Nicaragua, the Tabacalera Villa Cuba, S.A, and the first cigar to be made in this factory is the 1961. This cigar was created to celebrate Rocky’s birth year and features an Ecuadorian grown Habano wrapper. The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the incredible amount of oils on the wrapper. Secondly, I started to appreciate the dark reddish brown wrapper that had an incredible aroma that was nearly strong enough to be smelt through the cellophane wrapper.
The first third of this cigar was an intense mesh of crushed red pepper, nuts and earth. However, as I smoked my way into the second third this crushed red pepper became more of a background flavor. Towards the middle to end of this cigar the flavors were predominately nuts and leather with a nice background earthiness.
Overall, I found the 1961 to be a very enjoyable cigar. In fact, now that I look back on the three samples I had, I might say the 1961 is my favorite regular production release from Rocky Patel. This cigar really delivered an excellent balance of flavors that kept my interest despite the terrible weather conditions. I’d highly recommend this cigar to anyone that likes a medium to full-bodied cigar that also appreciates a healthy dose of spice. Those that don’t like much spice, might want to steer clear.
Be on the lookout this Thursday, Christmas Eve, for Brian’s post. He’ll be announcing the names of those that will be receiving a prize for participating in our Troop donation drive. This venture was a huge success, and we all extend our deepest gratitude for your support.