A couple of weeks ago I received a package from Patrick Vivalo at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. Enclosed was two samples of a one of the new product lines. Since this week is the annual IPCPR trade show I thought it would be appropriate to review a cigar that will be debuted during the annual trade show. The Rocky Patel Thunder is blended by Mimish Desai, Rocky’s cousin. He supervises all of the Central American manufacturing for Rocky, but has for wanted to blend his own cigar for a long time. This year he finally came up with a blend that he wanted to put on the market and Rocky agreed. So the Thunder by Nimish was born and it will be available in three different sizes.
Name: Thunder by Nimish
Company: Rocky Patel Premium Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Comes in: Box of 20
The Thunder starts off with a hefty blast of pepper which tingled my tongue and nose. After smoking about a half inch of the cigar I could begin to pick up hints of bittersweet espresso. It wasn’t until I was almost a third of the way through the cigar that the bittersweet espresso notes really picked up and began to balance out the pepper. This blending and balancing of flavors and body lasted throughout the rest of the cigar.
The cigar had an excellent draw. Ample amounts of smoke flowed from the cigar as the tobacco slowly burned. I’ve certainly smoked cigars that burned slower than the Thunder, but this cigar wasn’t the fastest burner either. The cigar also burned reasonably straight. Seeing as I’ve only had two samples, I don’t think a crooked burn should even be considered in my overall review of this cigar.
I gotta say this is the best cigar I’ve had out of the Rocky Patel camp since the Winter Collection 2008; which is actually my favorite Rocky Patel product ever. The Thunder will definitely be a future box purchase for me. The smoking experience was outstanding and the favorable price-point is like icing on the cake. If you like full-bodied cigars with tons of spice then you will probably want to give these a try.