In 1995 when Rocky Patel and Philip Zanghi formed the Indian Tabac Cigar Co., as often happens when someone starts a business, people came out of the woodwork to tell them all the reasons it was a bad idea. Rocky Patel was especially on the receiving end of this advice. He wasn’t part of a multi-generational cigar family with roots tracing back to Cuba. At the time, he was still somewhat new to the cigar world in general. But this was the cigar boom of the 1990s, and seeing the opportunity, he went with it.
Many of the cigar companies that formed during or before this time didn’t survive the cigar boom. And, like many of those companies, Rocky was still learning the ropes and a long way from the Rocky Patel sticks we crave today. Unlike his peers who didn’t survive the boom, the Indian Tabac Cigar Co. did, though ultimately Patel and Zanghi split up, and Rocky Patel Premium Cigars was eventually born.
In 2011, Rocky Patel Fifty cigars were initially a limited edition release to celebrate Rocky’s 50th birthday. Now the cigars are back by popular demand, though the release is limited to small batches once again. Also, the new release is only available in the toro shape.
Rocky Patel Fifty cigars are medium to full in body, complex, and well-balanced. At their core is a filler blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos aged up to eight years. This blend puts in work on a tidy Ecuador Habano wrapper. It all leads to a creamy smoke with sweetness, raisins, fresh-cut grass, and black pepper flavor notes.
Cigar Aficionado awarded Rocky Patel Fifty cigars the 2012 No.8 spot in their annual Top 25 Cigars list and awarded the blend a 93 rating.
Please enjoy Rocky Patel Fifty cigars at your leisure.