The launch of the Rocky Patel Prohibition is still about a month away due to delays in receiving the shipment of Mason Jars that they will come packaged in. However, Two Guys Smoke Shop in Salem, NH will be launching the cigar on Friday night, with a follow-up event on Saturday from their Seabrook, NH location. The brand ambassador Jessica Tyann will be in attendance at each event.
Our friends at HalfWheel.com posted information about the release back in July, and today we have the first of two reviews on the release. Measuring at 6.5 x 52, the cigars come in Mason Jars with 16 cigars and your choice of a Mexican San Andreas wrapper or a Connecticut Broadleaf.
Cigars: Rocky Patel Prohibition
Size: 6.5 x 52 (Toro)
Wrapper: Mexican (San Andreas)
The Look: The band of the cigar is simplistic, but it has a look of something old from the Prohibition era. The cigar itself is an homage to the fact we are heading toward Prohibition 2.0 which Rocky Patel fights tirelessly on behalf of cigar smokers. The San Andreas wrapper that adorns this cigar is dark and nearly flawless. In the hand the wrapper feels like felts, and there is only one vein of note. The roll is seamless and the cigar is firm to the touch. In the hand the cigar feels light.
The Notes: The foot of the cigar is nutty with a touch of spice that tingles the nostrils. Once the cigar is cut there is a classic San Andreas taste to the smoke with a mesquite like quality. Once the cigar is lit I am rather surprised by how silky the smoke feels as I pull my first couple of draws from the Rocky Patel Prohibition Mexican. There are notes that remind me of citrus and some nuts.
Working into the first third of the stick, the cities note remains and is almost a focal point until it abruptly disappears about an inch into the cigar. At this point the notes of nuts and cedar battle for supremacy. As the first third comes to a close the flavor of the San Andreas wrapper begins to shine.
In the second third of the cigar the nuts take on a roasted taste and the cedar falls to the background. Some chocolate begins to develop that becomes the focal point around the half way point of the smoke. As we prepare to transition into the final third of the cigar, some spice begins to develop especially through the nose on the retrohale.
In the last third some strong espresso notes begin to take hold with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts on the finish. As we get closer to the end some notes appear that are reminiscent of marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. Through the nose there is a subtle warm spice that doesn’t overpower, but rather it adds to the experience and aroma of the stick.
The Burn: The Rocky Patel Prohibition Mexico has a nice marble color ash that holds for a third of the cigar at a time. The draw of the cigar isn’t loose per say, but I prefer a cigar that has more resistance. It produces an ample amount of smoke with a razor-sharp and thin burn line.
The Finish: I have to say I was really surprised with the Rocky Patel Prohibition Mexican with its enjoyable notes that were in the forefront, and the subtitles in the background. One of the better cigars from Rocky Patel in quite sometime, this is a stick that is worthy of some humidor space. You owe to yourself to pick some up, especially considering all the work Rocky Patel does to fight for our cigar rights trying to keep us away from Prohibition 2.0.