As a statement making cigar commemorating Rocky Patel’s 10th year in the cigar industry, the Decade definitely stands out as a bold force to be reckoned with. With superior balance and complex flavors of espresso, slight cedar and spice, the Decade leaves an indelible mark on palate that is sure to please!

Profile

  • Manufacturer Rocky Patel
  • Wrapper Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder Honduran
  • Filler Nicaraguan
  • Size Robusto

Construction

Cloaked neatly in an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the Rocky Patel Decade is an immediate eye catcher right out of the box. With a slight box press and a light oily sheen, this cigar certainly has the appearance of a special release. That being said, one of the three cigars reviewed for this edition had a few issues. Whether it be from the box press or shipping, the cigar that this write enjoyed had a slight crack in the foot that turned immediately into a 2 inch long slit down one side once the cigar was lit. As one can imagine, this defect had a tremendous impact on how evenly this cigar burned and the stick had to be continuously burn correct to keep the cigar burn from running. It did not impact the draw. The other two cigars we reviewed had little to no damage or defects present. For a box press cigar, the Rocky Patel Decade produced a wonderful plume of spicy Nicaraguan smoke that left us satisfied and impressed.

Burn

As one can imagine, the slit defect on the one cigar had a tremendous impact on how evenly this cigar burned and the stick had to be continuously burn correct to keep the cigar burn from running. It did not impact the draw. The other two cigars we reviewed had little to no damage or defects present so the burn on those sticks was near flawless. For a box press cigar, the Rocky Patel Decade produced a wonderful plume of spicy Nicaraguan smoke that left us satisfied and impressed. I think box pressed cigar are growing on us!

Taste

The AThe Decade is perhaps one of the finest blends to ever grace the Rocky Patel portfolio. With supreme balance and flavors of Espresso, cream, light hints of chocolate and a rush of pepper, the Decade somehow intermingles all of these flavors into a delicious, memorable cigar.

When any manufacturer releases a commemorative cigar, enthusiasts need take notice. Rocky Patel and his master blenders hit a homerun here. The balance of this cigar is what really stood out to the team here at Big Six. I can only imagine how arduous it must be to finally land on a product that is good enough to mark your 10th anniversary in the premium cigar industry but our hat is off to Rocky Patel and his team. The Decade stands the test of time and is a testament to the hard work and passion for quality that the Rocky Patel brand has become known for.