Smoke Blog: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary (with Accidental Tequila)

A friend picked up a handful of cigars for his birthday the other day, and I was happy to help him smoke them. He handed me a Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary, a handsome, box-pressed cigar with a dark wrapper and a pleasant scent. A quick prayer to Google told me it had an Ecuadorian wrapper grown from Habano seed.

It had a bold, peppery taste on first light, but it settled back to a full-bodied texture with a leathery finish that settled in easily. The easy draw produced plenty of smoke, and it held together well, even after I dropped it in tequila.

Yes, tequila. Another friend bought a round of Patrón shots, served up in a wider glass to accommodate lime slices. I needed both hands for a moment and the ashtray didn’t have a proper lip, so I rested the cigar across the mouth of the glass. Unfortunately these big paws I have for hands bumped it and the cigar went ash-first into the tequila.

I’m not one to let a cigar go to waste. I pulled it out of the drink and used my knife to cut off about a half inch of the cigar. It crushed a little, but I got it lit again with little trouble. Surprisingly, this didn’t kill the draw or the taste, and after a minute it was like it never happened. Now that’s construction!

And yes, I still did the shot with a little ash in it. I don’t waste good liquor, either.

All in all a fine smoke. It’s a little heavy and leathery to be among my favorites, but I certainly wouldn’t turn another down in the future. If you’re a Rocky Patel fan, I’m sure you’ll find it a worthy entry to the line.

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.

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