The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2009

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Made By
El Paraiso Factory
Factory Location
Honduras
Wrapper
Costa Rica
Binder
Nicaragua
Filler
Honduras
Price
$10.50
Ring Gauge
54
Length
5"
Rating
92

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Torpedo


Rocky Patel continues to improve the quality of the many cigars that bear his name, and the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Torpedo is a fine example. The thick cigar features a nontraditional wrapper leaf grown in Costa Rica around a core of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos, giving the cigar an earthy, leathery flavor with hints of coffee. Wrapper tobacco is key to Patel, who sells a wide variety of cigars. He begins with a wrapper style and builds his blend around it, making adjustments to the binder, then the filler. "I've spent a lot of time at the factory," says Patel. "I don't make a blend and give it to 10 peopleā€”I trust my palate and I know what I'm looking for." Rocky Patel has had several cigars in our Top 25 list, but this is the first time that one of his cigars has appeared in our Top 10.