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I recently smoked the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990. Even if it wasn’t perfect, it was still a great cigar. I have included my review below. This content uses referral links.

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990. This was a good, solid B cigar. It was nothing extraordinary, but I still enjoyed it from beginning to end.

A Honduran cigar with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, a Mexican binder, and a Honduran wrapper, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 was a beautiful blend of flavor and strength.

While I was not as impressed with it as some other reviewers, I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with cognac. As is my usual habit, however, I enjoyed mine with a cup of coffee.

In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.

Look of the Label

As the picture indicates, the label was one of simple eloquence. I generally take more points off for labels that bring too much than for those who bring too little.

This cigar, with its subdued approach, did it just right for my taste.

3/3 points

Condition of the Cigar

The wrapper of the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 had a beautiful oily sheen, and the cigar itself appeared to be robust and well-constructed.

The condition was not quite perfect, however, as I found the cigar a bit too veiny such that I had a slight concern over how good the burn would be.

Overall, though, it appeared to be in excellent condition.

6/7 points

Feel of the Cigar

The wrapper felt solid and consistent with just the right amount of give on the squeeze.

3/3 points

Aroma of the Wrapper

The pre-lit cigar smelled of earth with hints of herbs that I found to be a bit too bitter for my taste. 

2/3 points

The Cut

The cut did not go well. While the cigar did not fall apart, the cut produced some minor unwrapping. It’s precisely what you don’t want to see when cutting a premium cigar.

It didn’t ruin the cigar and wasn’t so bad as to interfere noticeably with the smoking experience. Still, it wasn’t great, and I expected better construction from the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, particularly given the quality brand that produced it.

0/1 point

The Light

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 lit up perfectly and with ease.

1/1 point

The Draw

The draw on this cigar was interesting, to say the least. It started off fine, although I found it to be a bit loose. As the smoke progressed, however, the draw became progressively more difficult until I finally had to give up and end the smoke early.

Here, I was not impressed with the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990.

2/5 points


The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 had light hints of pepper on the retrohale. The smoke was nice and smooth as it passed through my sinuses.

Here, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 was simply delicious.

9/9 points

Flavor of the Smoke on the Palate

On the palate, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 had intense flavors of spice and pepper. Despite this, however, the cigar was able to maintain a smoothness in its flavor profile.

Nonetheless, I found it to be a bit bland. The cigar swung for the fences on this flavor blend, but it just couldn’t quite connect.

15/21 points

The Aroma of the Smoke

The cigar smoke had a dark, peppery aroma. It was a bit abrasive for my taste. It wasn’t terrible, but it certainly wasn’t impressive, either.

5/7 points

The Burn

The burn performed adequately throughout. Despite the difficulty I had with the draw as the cigar progressed, the burn never gave me any trouble and never required any maintenance.

2/2 points

The Ash

The ash was okay. It was nothing particularly impressive, but it didn’t cause me any trouble, either.

1/1 point

Bodily Sensation From the Smoke

I have no complaints about the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 here. It left me feeling mellow and relaxed without any edge of a nicotine high. While I was a bit frustrated with the trouble I had with the draw, it did not translate into problems in this category.

30/30 points

No Loose Tobacco

No flakes of tobacco ever found their way into my mouth during the smoke.

7/7 points

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990: Final Grade

Overall, this was a really good cigar. The flavors were mellow and exciting, and the experience was relaxing.

While this is not a top-caliber cigar, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 is an enjoyable smoke nonetheless, and I would love the opportunity to have another one.

At a little over $10 per cigar, however, I don’t see myself purchasing one myself.

Final Grade: 86 / B

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