Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Vintage 1979 Robusto

Initial Thoughts:

Before starting CigarScore TV, I had a love-love relationship with Rocky Patel cigars. However, after having a bad experience with the Rocky Patel Edge A-10 and the Aged, Limited and Rare Sixty (2018), I’ve got a more of a love-hate feeling toward the brand.

With that said, today I’m smoking the Rocky Patel Vintage 1979 Robusto, a wonderfully aged cigar with a wrapper that has been aging for almost 40 years. The initial flavors were mild-to-medium.


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Brand: Rocky Patel
Line: Vintage 1979
Size: 5.2 x 50
Cut: Punch
Light: Torch
Price: $14.20
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Binder: Mexico
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras

Final Thoughts:

I liked the Rocky Patel Vintage 1979 Robusto, but I didn’t love it. During the middle of the cigar, I had a perfect burn and a perfect draw. Also in the middle third were some faint citrus flavors, like those of an orange or tangerine.

However, at a $12-15 price point, I’m not sure this cigar is worth it. While there weren’t specific things to point out in the negative column, there weren’t a lot of things that stood out in the positive column either. And, the nearly 40-year-old African Cameroon wrapper didn’t add as much to the cigar as I would have hoped.

Regardless, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1979 Robusto is good; I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you smoked one. But, I think the flavors could have been richer and more complex for a cigar wrapped in a leaf aged like this one. So, for me, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1979 Robusto earns a CigarScore 3.

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