The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2004
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto
Rocky Patel has sold cigars under the Indian Tabac label since 1995, but it wasn't until 2003 that he created a cigar using his own name. His Vintage blend is entirely new, made in a separate factory with older tobaccos and a balanced and elegant blend with good complexity. Last year was a breakout year for Patel. In October, he attained his highest rating ever: 92 points. The score was awarded to the Vintage 1990 Robusto, the best of Patel's cigars. The 5 1/2 by 50 corona gorda is made with a little-used leaf, a broadleaf tobacco planted in Honduras, in a field in the Talanga Valley owned by U.S. Cigar Sales. The rarity of the leaf, plus short sales kept U.S. Cigar Sales from using the tobacco years ago and it took on brilliant age. The result is a toasty and balanced blend.