Cigar Aficionado

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto
50 50
Tasting Note
Rocky Patel has sold cigars under the Indian Tabac label since 1995, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he created a cigar using his own name. His Vintage blend is entirely new, made in a separate factory with older tobaccos and a balanced and elegant blend with good complexity. Last year was a breakout year for Patel. In October, he attained his highest rating ever: 92 points. The score was awarded to the Vintage 1990 Robusto, the best of Patel’s cigars. The 5 1/2 by 50 corona gorda is made with a little-used leaf, a broadleaf tobacco planted in Honduras, in a field in the Talanga Valley owned by U.S. Cigar Sales. The rarity of the leaf, plus short sales kept U.S. Cigar Sales from using the tobacco years ago and it took on brilliant age. The result is a toasty and balanced blend.
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 50
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Honduras
Issue Cigar Aficionado – N/A
Price $6.50
Designation Top 25 of 2004 | Rank: 22
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2004 | Score: 92

A pressed, attractive cigar with great oils and nice color. It’s nutty, earthy and sweet, with a medium to full body. A finger burner.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 2004 | Score: 91

This box-pressed fireplug is solidly built and has strong, earthy flavors to match. Hints of wood and nuts were noted, rounding out a fine balance of flavors. The finish is smooth and spicy.

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