Cigar Review: A special cigar for TAA stores only

Rocky Patel TAA Signature Series Robusto
Rocky Patel TAA Signature Series Robusto

Cigar Name: Rocky Patel TAA Signature Series (5 x 50)

Cigar Description: Wrapper and filler Unknown

Cigar Strength: Medium

Review of the Cigar itself: So this past week I was back in Wall Street teaching. So I headed down to the Broad Street Barclay-Rex, my usual stop when down there, and checked out what they had. After getting a few favourites, I came across a new one from Rocky Patel. In fact, this is so new, I cannot find any info on it so this entire review will be kinda a blind review. I know Rocky made it so that usually means pretty good quality. The construction is tight with few veins on the chocolate brown wrapper. It toasted well and easily, giving a kind of white/blue smoke (makes me think Dominican in both wrapper and filler — and thus, in turn, perhaps a mild-medium cigar). As I took the first draw I got a creamy, almost mocha flavour tickling my tongue and taste buds.

The ash was a darker “white” (kind of like greyish-white) and flaked occassionally. There were no telltale signs of Nicaraguan filler (usually they produce a dark, dark grey to almost black ash). There may be Ecuadorian as I noticed a secondary smoke that was a light grey intertwined with the prominent blue/white smoke. As I continued in the first third I definitely got rich mocha/chocolate tastes along with a hint of espresso and spice in the background. The aroma was a nice peppery scent. It was a perfect cigar for a wet kind of day, giving that sense of just enough warmth to make the weather seem pleasant.

The burn is very consistent and doesn’t need touch-ups if attention is given to the cigar. As I started into the middle third, I noticed that the ash was still there from the original start. I gave the cigar a gentle tap and the ash fell off, in a single mass, into my little metal ashtray. As I continued, TheOnlyJoan asked to do an online Skype Herf. So we talked about the cigars we were enjoying and other things in life. It was during the middle that I began to notice a creamy leather taste hinting along with the mocha. And before I knew it, I was into the last third.

It was in the last third that I noticed a bit of a stronger pepper come through and a deeper blue smoke coming from the cigar. I watched the deep blue smoke dance around the light as I talked with Joan. It’s nice to be able to do a mini-herf like this. Most of the people I know from the cigar community that I want to meet are all over the country so it can be hard to meet up. But this is the closest thing to actually doing a Herf I can get for now. The next thing I noticed was that I had less than an inch left on the cigar and it was done. To me, a cigar that tastes good enough that I am not overwhelmed by it and enjoy the people I’m around is a good one. And this one definitely fits. If your Cigar Store is a TAA member, ask them if they have any. Well worth it.

Enjoyed with: water

Smoke time: approximately 70 minutes

Final Review Rating: 9/10

8 thoughts on “Cigar Review: A special cigar for TAA stores only

  1. I agree with your review. This was a really nice medium-bodied smoke. Slightly peppery, but not overbearing. Somewhat reminiscent of other RP blends, but with its own distinctive character. I enjoyed this cigar with an
    Irish whiskey & water. Very pleasant, indeed!

  2. Had it last night with Rocky,,He told me the wrapper was Ecuadorian Sumatra,,good medium body stick,,his best in a while…finally some pepper notes,,havent seen that since his Edge release!

    long ashes


  3. In all honesty: I love my Rocky P’s. For me it is the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Junior. The taste and the draw is great and they are not that expensive. Really good to enjoy myself.

  4. Good review. But I didn’t like this cigar at all. I love the RP Olde World Reserve and the Decade. So I’m not anti-rocky. But this TAA cigar was bitter, crisp and did not make me happy at all. It did burn well, but the taste reminded me of my fabric softener. cheers

  5. Bear: hrmm.. that’s a shame. Hopefully it was just the one and not a whole box.

    Brian: I do like Rocky P’s as well, although I have found one or two didn’t appeal to me (Summer 2008 was one, I believe).

  6. Nice review. After smoking mine and putting up my review, I found your website here and I pretty much agreed with everything you mentioned!

  7. I also agree with your review. I enjoyed this fine RP TAA Sig series earlier today, a great smoke, it burned well. The taste could be characterized as extremely mild with a slight peppery note you would look for in any fine stick.

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