A Conversation With Rocky Patel

| By David Savona | From Cuba After The Embargo, July/August 2022
A Conversation With Rocky Patel
Photos/Jeffery Salter
Rocky Patel, 61, has cemented his legacy as a winning cigarmaker. He began selling cigars in the most modest of ways back in 1995, in the middle of the 1990s cigar boom. Now, nearly 27 years later, his company ranks as one of the most successful in the handmade cigar industry. He sells nearly 30 million cigars a year, most in the United States, but also in some 90 countries. He operates five luxurious cigar lounges—Burn by Rocky Patel—and the line to shake his hand at Big Smokes always stretches far around the venue. Cigar smokers clearly love Rocky Patel and the cigars he makes.       Cigar Aficionado executive editor David Savona met with Patel in his Naples, …
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