Hello my friends, its time for another “World According to Stew” cigar review. Todays cigar is the Rocky Patel R4 “Corojo” torpedo. I have been waiting to smoke and review this cigar for awhile now but didn’t want to pay the full price. So once I saw them on Cigarbid.com, I made a couple of bids and finally scored a box for $30.00 plus shipping, which was approximately $6.00. So now with the history behind us, lets get into the review and see if it was worth it.
CIGAR MAKE UP:
BINDER & FILLER: Honduran & Nicaraguan
Length/Ring: 6.0 X 52
Strength: Medium to Full
My Observations: The cigar wrapper is kind of “blah” to put it simple. The leaf itself has medium size veins and appears to have been poorly constructed. As I continued to look at my R4, I was shocked that this cigar even made it past Rocky’s high standards, and I am deeply disappointed to say the least. I can only hope that the smoke itself will change my opinion about this poor looking cigar. On my finger touch inspection, I found the cigar to be stiff. Make sure you don’t man hand this one because if you are heavy handed, you will be tossing this one before you even get to light it. Over all so far, I give this cigar a “thumbs” down on appearance.
Cigar Label: Poor to say the least. I think maybe it was rushed and as a result not much marketing effort was put behind it. The wrapper colors consist of brown, yellow, and white, Again just “boring!
Snip: I chose the “V” cut for this task. Once I completed it, I noticed that the wrapper began to unravel a bit. This happen on both cigars I smoked, so I know it had nothing to do with the operator. Again this falls back on the sloppy construction “bummer!”
Pre-Draw: The pre-draw was tight.
Flavors: The 1st third of this cigar consisted of earth in the form of dirt, wood, roasted coffee beans, and slight hints of spice. The 2nd third was basically the same but the earthy dirt flavor seem to dominating flavor. The last third basically consisted of the same, and now I have to say “Thank God I am only out $36.00!
Draw: Was tight for most of the smoke, so be prepared to work a little.
Burn line: Jagged that requires touchups now and then. So keep your lighter handy.
Price? About forty dollars a box before shipping but shop around if your interested in them after you have read this review.
Drink of choice? Hot coffee
Smoke Time? This is a slow burner so put some time aside. A little over two hours.
Liked it? No!
Recommend it? No!
Hint? I would pass on this cigar. Not that the flavors were bad, I just don’t like a cigar that has primarily earthy dirt flavors. Even if you like those flavors, I think the construction alone is enough to keep you away from it!
Until Next Time