I felt like I shouldn’t have another cigar this week, but last night I needed to get some work done so I grabbed one anyway. It’s a sacrifice I’m prepared to make to ensure I get some quiet time and get some writing done.
The Rocky Patel American Market has a smooth texture and a dusty blonde Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, promising a milder smoke. In fact, the wrapper combined with the Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers reminded me a bit of my go-to favorite, the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real. The American Market’s flavor is a little more peppery than the creamy Reserva Real, but it, too, is one I think could easily be passed around to rookie smokers.
The cigar lit with ease and burned clean with an easy draw. I liked that the ash held fast until I tapped it off, a good bonus when I’m working over a laptop and am focused on the screen rather than the cigar. The American Market stayed consistent right down to my fingers, and while I could feel it heating up, the flavor did not sour.
A quick price check online suggests this wouldn’t be a bad option for filling out the humidor for visitors or for a quick and casual smoke. There’s enough there to keep a cigar smoker interested, but it’s not going to knock that friend who insists on smoking Swisher Sweets on his ass. Unless one has a strong preference for a lighter smoke, however, I don’t see it displacing anything else in the humidor.