Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2018 | Score: 92
There aren't too many cigar brands left made with Cameroon wrapper. It's become quite pricey, difficult to get and most of the high-quality Cameroon grown today is bought before it's even planted. These hurdles have not stopped Rocky Patel from creating his namesake brand: the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon. According to Patel, it's wrapped in a Cameroon cover leaf harvested from a 2003 crop, so stocks of raw materials are limited, but he was sure to blend the cigar properly. Its mélange of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos serve to showcase and exalt the rare wrapper, which is delightfully sweet-and-sour in character. While Cameroon may seem a bit like an anachronism, Rocky Patel keeps this classic leaf alive, relevant and affordable.