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Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Churchill
48 48
Tasting Note
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.
Body Medium
Size Churchill
Ring Gauge 48
Length 7"
Filler Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Cameroon
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2018
Price $10.10
Designation Top 25 of 2017 | Rank: 16
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2017 | Score: 93

Brawny notes of meat and leather with a lively red-pepper spice are in welcome contrast to this cigar's candy-bar sweetness, which calls to mind cocoa and nougat.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale