Cigar Aficionado

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo
52 52
Tasting Note
Rocky Patel calls his Fifteenth Anniversary brand "a Decade on steroids." We call it his best blend ever. Patel released the cigars in 2010, combining Nicaraguan tobaccos with high-priming Ecuador Habano wrappers. Patel says that some of the tobacco comes from a farm in Estelí that grows "some of the richest and spiciest tobaccos I've ever had." Patel built his name on cigar brands rolled for him in Honduras by the Plasencia family and General Cigar Co., but this new brand is made in the Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Patel is an owner in the factory, which is run by Amilcar Perez. The fabrica makes its cigars the Cuban way: entubado rolling, finishing with triple caps, and crafting with two binder leaves rather than one. The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Torpedo is dark and box-pressed, with superb construction. Its lush draw is laden with coffee bean, cocoa and earthy flavors that grow in power as the cigar is puffed. This is the best finish ever in our Top 25 for a cigar from Rocky Patel.
Body Medium-Full
Size Figurado
Ring Gauge 52
Length 6 1/8"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Ecuador
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2012
Price $10.75
Designation Top 25 of 2011 | Rank: 6
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2011 | Score: 92

A dark, box-pressed torpedo whose lush draw is laden with coffee bean, cocoa and earthy flavors that get stronger and more pronounced as the cigar is smoked

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 10, 2010 | Score: 89

A dark, oily, box-pressed torpedo that smokes evenly. It starts out spicy with a little bite on the palate before mellowing to a sweeter, woody smoke.

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