This is a complex cigar that requires the time to sit back and relax with in order to appreciate the flavors which are produced. If you’re looking for a run of the mill cigar than this isn’t it, but if you are looking for a relaxing smoke and want to experience a diverse flavor profile than this would fit the bill. My biggest concerns about this particular cigar were the construction and burn issues, which are in my experience uncommon with Rocky Patel. I wouldn’t rate this as RP’s best, and it is nowhere near the quality of a Vintage ’90 or Vintage ’92, for this reason I would put it as a second shelf cigar.
I would rate this cigar as a second shelf cigar – not Oliva’s best and certainly nowhere near a Serie V, but for a cigar store exclusive, this cigar was blended and rolled quite well. The flavor profile and strength of the cigar make me think that it would be paired well with a bourbon or whiskey on a nice afternoon. If you are looking for a full flavor stick, this won’t quite wet your appetite, however if you’re looking for a relaxing smoke with a medium body than this cigar fits the bill. Overall, this is a cigar that I would keep in my rotation and I look forward to seeing how much this cigar can improve with a little more time to rest in the humidor.
I would rate this cigar as a top shelf cigar – while I am not generally a fan of Connecticut cigars, this one is the exception and turned out to be an enjoyable and memorable smoke. This cigar would be perfect for occasions that you want to provide a quality cigar for your guests which would be suited for beginning and experienced smokers. The flavor profile makes me think that this cigar would pair incredibly well with premium coffee or a good whiskey or scotch. If you are looking for a full bodied cigar then this won’t hit the mark, but if you’re looking for a pleasurable, relaxing smoke then this one fits the bill. My research has shown that this cigar is a Thompson exclusive – the manufacture suggested retail is $8.75 per stick however you can get a box of 10 for about $50 or visit their auction site and get these gems for less than $2.00 per stick – at that price point I will be adding more of these to my collection because I am sure the remaining cigars from my box will be quickly enjoyed.