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Vitola: Toro 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Price: $10 Single
Rocky Patel’s ten years of premium cigars is the Decade. Boasted as the best of Patel blends to date, this attractive line is made in Danlí Honduras at the El Paraiso factory. The Decade wears the yellow dual band making it quite clear you’re about to smoke a cigar ten years in the making.
How’s it made: The Decade is lightly box pressed with a dark, oily, chocolate colored Ecuadorian wrapper. After a close inspection revealed some beautiful veins with a solid cap. There was a perfect give as I gently squeezed the length of the cigar without any soft spots. A rich aroma was observed from the wrapper and foot. Draw throughout was excellent, with just a touch of firmness. One small issue that I had was keeping this great stick alive, I did have to torch it three times.
Burn: An even burn line after lighting and ashing. Only minor touches up were necessary for the entire duration of this cigar. Ash was light gray in color and somewhat flaky, holding for nearly 3 inchs and a half before falling. My previous experiences with other Decades sizes had a much lighter color and held more firmly. For those sensitive to cigar odor I found the Decade’s aroma to be quite pleasant.
Flavor: The flavor was great! This cigar started off slightly stronger towards the beginning it quickly leveled becoming just slightly milder and remained cool for the duration of my smoke. The flavors reminded me of the edge series. I found it to be a smooth, rich tobacco taste with some creaminess.
The Journal Says? The cigar is a must for any fans of Rocky Patel’s cigars. I have been hard on most of the Rocky Patel cigars in the past, however I recommend this cigar. If the price point isn’t a deal breaker I would urge you to give them a try. I’ve been fortunate enough to find them from time to time at some online cigar companies and will continue to purchase when in stock.