Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Churchill Cigar Review
This 7×48 cigar features a robust dark brown slightly toothy wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a double cap, very firm even construction and an interesting aroma. It’s not the typical barnyard type manure, it’s more like fresh dog poop. I’m not knocking it, the aroma doesn’t mean much it’s just a point of interest. But this is the worst smelling unlit cigar I have ever had – just sayin! First light reveals a perfect draw, typical of Rocky Patel. Smoke is plentiful but thin and light with a mild-medium body of a slightly sweet tobacco and wood on the draw, growing short and dry through the finish. The first third is medium bodied with sweet, creamy thick wood notes on the draw, with a short clean finish that slowly builds a bit of pepper as the stick burns down, almost candy-like. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors are predominantly the same with the wood flavor just getting a bit heavier overall. Ending at 1:10 minutes the last third transitioned a bit dropping the wood, bringing the sweetness up and adding a big creaminess to the mix. Draw flavors were thick and rich while on the finish it also showed a pepper that had been slowly building up along with a subtle kick of spicy heat to top it off. Construction was flawless all the way down. Thank you very much to Tom Long for sending this in for review, I really appreciate it!