I recently smoked the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill, a great cigar. This content uses referral links.
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A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill. I’m not a huge fan of Churchills, but this one was pretty good. Rocky Patel can make Connecticut cigars right, and this is no exception.
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill
A Honduran cigar with a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-leaf ligeros, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Connecticut shade wrapper, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill was a fantastically smooth and mellow smoke.
Cigar of the Month recommends pairing it with a dark rum, which I believe is a good suggestion. Nonetheless, as is my usual habit when tasting cigars, I enjoyed mine with a good 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 well done. It was detailed, eloquent, and consistent with the Rocky Patel image.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999’s Condition
The cigar had some flaws in its appearance. There was some flaking of the wrapper near the foot, and the color was inconsistent. The wrapper was also covered with spotting throughout.
It wasn’t in terrible shape, but the typically aesthetically pleasing nature of the Rocky Patel brand was lacking here.
Feel of the Cigar
The cigar felt maybe a bit too spongy, but overall it was consistent and seemed in great shape. It was obviously well-balanced, solid, and well put together.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was smooth with hints of cream, earth, and hay.
The cut was perfect. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar completely intact.
Lighting the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill lit up fairly easily, albeit a bit unevenly.
The draw was extraordinary from beginning to end. I find that Churchills often suffer from draws that are too tough, particularly toward the beginning of the smoke. The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill, however, started off perfectly and stayed that way throughout.
On the retrohale, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill had hints of spice and maybe earth. It was exceptionally smooth but was a little too subtle for my taste. Not quite bland, I still felt like something was missing here.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill’s Flavor
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill had the strong taste of cream with perhaps some wood mixed in. It was a delicious cigar, but the cream dominated everything else. While that made for an enjoyable smoke, such a one-note wonder kept it from climbing into the top-tier of great smokes, at least in my mind.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the initial light, the smoke smelled of cream and earth, matching the smoke’s flavor on the palate. There wasn’t much nuance here. It merely matched the character of the cigar and the aroma of the pre-lit wrapper.
The cigar started off burning a bit unevenly, but it quickly caught up. After that, it burned perfectly from beginning to end. It was consistent and maintained itself well. I never had to worry about its going out on me.
The ash was decent throughout. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it didn’t cause me any problems.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill left me feeling mellow and relaxed, exactly what I like, particularly after a long smoke like this one.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999’s Tobacco
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Churchill showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Bonus Points
I absolutely loved this cigar, and I would not allow it to end until the very last possible moment. I smoked it down to the nub, which I feel merits an extra point. +1 point.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Final Grade
Overall, this was a great cigar. It was creamy and delicious. Even if it was not among the best I have ever had, it was an A- smoke easily.
Final Grade: 92 / A-
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The club has provided me with the opportunity to try fantastic cigars like this one regularly. I’m starting to build up quite a little catalog of tasting notes to help me select future smokes and further refine my palate and tastes.
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member, and I recommend giving it a try.
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