Smoke Blog: Rocky Patel American Market

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.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. TriMarkC says:

    I agree with your review. It a nice cigar to give to newer cigar smokers, and priced about right that you won’t feel like its breaking the bank to hank out a few buddies. I’ve given one to a very new cigar smoker & he thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • Mike says:

      Very cool. I hate giving a really good cigar to someone who smokes it halfway and tosses it because they think they suddenly have something better to do. It’s like watching someone eat half a t-bone and feed the rest to the dog.