Review | Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro

Yesterday, we reviewed the Rocky Patel Prohibition Mexican. You would think that the cigar today would be called Rocky Patel Prohibition Broadleaf, but instead the UPC seal on the cello refers to the cigar as the Rocky Patel Prohibtion Maduro. While these cigars are still 30 days out due to the delay in the Mason Jars they will be packaged in, Two Guys Smoke Shop has the launch event this Friday in Salem, NH and Saturday in Seabrook, NH. Brand Ambassador Jessica Tyann will be on hand at both locations.

Available in two wrappers, the cigars come packaged in jars of 16. Our friends at HalfWheel.com wrote about the release a few months ago if you want to know the initial details you can from their site.

Cigars: Rocky Patel Prohibition
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

The Look: The Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that is pretty weathered looking. This is typical from a Broadleaf which features brindle like coloring. Some have asked me why I point out that a cigar had brindle like markings, and this lets you know it is a natural maduro smoke. If the cigar is dark and even colored you can pretty much guarantee the cigar has been dyed. The toothy stick features a band of brown and white, and a slight porous roll near the foot. In the hand the cigar is firm with an average weight.

The Notes: The nose of the cigar Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro has some spice that makes me sneeze along with earthy components. The cold draw of the Prohibition Maduro has notes of chocolate and a moistness that makes it seem like a homemade brownie. As we light the cigar there is some pepper that you would expect from another factory in Nicaragua.

In the first third of the Connecticut Broadleaf the pepper on the light has faded and notes of dark chocolate emerge. They are joined by a sweetness that borders on molasses and some coffee on the finish.

In the second third of the cigar some leather joins the mix, but the focal point is dark chocolate and coffee. The sweetness from the molasses has faded and some pepper begins to emerge through the nose again.

The last third of the Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro develops some leather notes, and if you aren’t careful to smoke this cigar slow it can become bitter. The spice remains on the nose and it kicks it up a notch here in the last third. There is some subtle dark chocolate and coffee on the moderate finish.

The Burn: I was impressed with the burn line of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that burned pretty even most of the time. The burn line was thin and razor-sharp with a white ash that became light gray as the cigar progressed. The draw was perfect with the correct amount of resistance to satisfy me.

The Finish: Broadleaf or Mexican, that is the question most will ask when looking at these cigars. For me, the San Andreas as it is a cigar that stands out between the two. The Broadleaf, performs as a Broadleaf should and perhaps that is part of the issue for me. It lacks that wow factor that makes it stand out above others with a same wrapper. In fact, it reminds me of another cigar from a company I use to work for before the production changed to a new factory and the line went independent.

Score: 89
Price: $8.19

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro Foot

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro Foot

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro Burn

Rocky Patel Prohibition Maduro Burn