Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Cigar Review Rocky Patel Number 6

When smoking prototype blends during development, brand owner Rocky Patel liked this one the best. It was one of a few prospects simply referred to as “blend no. 6.”

For Patel, this was the winner, and rather than overthink the brand name or develop a lofty concept, he simply stuck with its working title. The Number 6 comes in a perfect format to fully express the quality of Honduran tobacco.

Today we’re reviewing this iconic smoke; the Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto.

About the Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Owner: Rocky Patel
Factory: El Paraiso S.A.
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduras, Nicaragua
Filler: Honduras
Strength: Medium to Full
Size: Robusto 5 1/2″ by 50 ring gauge

The Beginning

The Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto starts with a combination of sweet natural tobacco, black pepper, cedar and floral notes. The sweetness moves into the forefront early on. The pepper and cedar notes settle in the background. You really get the pepper on the retrohale.

It made me want to have a rib eye steak, but it’s not even lunch time yet!

The Middle

The second third of the Rocky has the natural tobacco remain in the front. During this stage, some of the sweetness diminishes and there is a slight bitter component that emerges. The bitterness never becomes overpowering during the smoking experience.

Meanwhile the pepper notes keep stepping up; I really want a steak now.

The End

At the final third, the pepper notes join the natural tobacco in the forefront. The natural tobacco maintains a great balance of sweetness and bitterness.

This remains the same till the very last puff; I gave in and went for a steak afterwards as it was lunch time.

Burn

The Number 6 Robusto burned ever so clean. The resulting ash was well formed with a white grey colour. This was an ash that wasn’t overly firm, but it wasn’t loose.

Very different to the Rocky Patel that they created for the Cigar Smoking World Championship that had a firm ash, conducive to keeping that ash on the cigar for as long as possible.

Draw

Excellent draw with decent smoke. You can just tell this cigar is really well made.

Overall

This cigar has lovely natural spice to it and this can be difficult to keep balanced, but the Number 6 does it very well from the start to the very finish. The spice factor is what really elevates it for me to a fantastic cigar and I can’t wait to have another.

Ross Rating: 9/10

What alcoholic drink would I pair the Rocky Patel Number 6 with?

Hennessy XO goes well with most cigars but this seems to pair perfectly. 

Want to try the Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto for yourself? Shop here at Havana House for this incredible smoke, as well as many other flavourful New World cigars to try!

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