Rocky Patel Crafts First Nicaraguan Vintage

Rocky Patel Crafts First Nicaraguan Vintage

Cigarmaker Rocky Patel is taking his Vintage brand to Nicaragua.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas, which is set to debut next month at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show in Las Vegas, is the first blend in the Vintage series to be produced at Patel's TaviCusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Previous iterations of the Vintage brand—1990, 1992, 1999 and 2003—were produced in Honduras.

The Florida-based company says the Nicaraguan-made cigar produces a fuller-bodied smoke contrasted with the mild-to-medium strength Vintage blends produced in Honduras.

The Vintage 2006, named after its well-aged Mexican San Andres wrapper, uses filler tobacco from Nicaragua and Connecticut broadleaf binder.

The cigars are expected to come in four sizes: Robusto, measuring 5 1⁄2 by 50 ring gauge; Toro, 6 1⁄2 by 52; Churchill, 7 by 48; and Sixty, 6 by 60. Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas ships in boxes of 20, carrying a price range between $9.55 and $11.75 per cigar before taxes.

"Just curious as to how Rocky Patel is able to manufacture a new cigar with the new FDA regs?" —June 9, 2017 13:47 PM