Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Maduro
The Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary blend was completed and tasted great. No doubt, it was ready to hit the market and represent the company as it celebrated an important milestone. Of course, the natural version begged to have a Maduro counterpart. So many modern blends are issued in a variety of wrapper choices to suit different tastes.
But when the blending team handed Rocky the Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Maduro, he knew it just wasn’t ready. As he explained, “The flavor was there, but it needed more age to really achieve greatness. And we’ve done it before, keeping cigars in our aging room for another year or two until they’re perfect.”
So into the aging room, it went, to await its date with destiny (if it could ever get there). About 18 months later, it was tested and found to be ready. The company released it from “time out” to go delight the world.
The Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Maduro cigar uses the same Honduran and Nicaraguan interior blend that made the natural version so delicious. On top of that is a Honduran Maduro wrapper from the Jamastran Valley to finish things off. The flavor winds up being fairly tame. This isn’t meant to be a bold and spicy knock-you-on-your-ass stick. Instead, it’s a subtle flavor profile that showcases a refined and understated approach to Honduran tobacco, for a chance. Cigar Snob gave it 91 points, and we think it provides a nice counterpoint to the average Honduran blending style.
Rocky Patel’s anniversary blends have been spectacular so far, charting on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year list more than once. The Decade is a classic, but the 15th Anniversary and 20th Anniversary natural have both earned strong reputations. Now we’ve got this box-pressed beauty to add to the family. If you were waiting for the earthier version to drop, you’ve now got it. Who knows what a little more aging might do for this one?
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Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Maduro FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Pepper, leather, coffee bean.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Maduro cigars are those who weren’t in love with the natural version and who want a more earthy and dark flavor profile to try.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s a subtle cigar. It won’t grab you, but also won’t turn you away. Very stable.
What’s a good pairing with it?
An intriguing beer or whiskey would be nice with the 20th Anny maduro. If you can go in for a hundred bucks, Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart is a joy to sip on.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
20th anniversaries of all kinds.
Might be a touch boring to some.