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Rocky Patel Renaissance Robusto
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Rebecca Silverwolf (Rebecca Silverwolf)

Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a cigar provided to us by our good friends at'>Rocky Patel Cigars.  Up for review this time is one of their new lines - the Renaissance.  They have generously provided a number of cigars in the Robusto size for our members to review.  Special thanks to member podman28 (aka Tim) for lining this up.

Rocky Patel Renaissance Robusto

Rocky Patel
Renaissance Robusto
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Colorado Maduro
Average Member Rating:
3.5 star rating based on 13 Review(s) (13 Review(s))
Was reblended in 2009.
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

This was a nice firm cigar, with one small soft spot about halfway up. The wrapper had some uneven coloration, but other than that was smooth and slightly oily, no large veins. The head of the cigar was a little lumpy, but the cap was firm. It cut easily with a double guillotine, no cracks or peeling.

Pre-light aroma was sweet and spicy. Pre-light draw was very light, and the flavor was sweet.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar lit easily, and generally had a good burn. The ash was solid out to about one inch and was light gray in color. The cigar burned fairly slowly and not too hot. Took around an hour to finish. Around the halfway point it began to burn unevenly and required a small touch of fire to correct. Huge volume of smoke, which I've come to expect from Rocky.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The cigar was firm, but the draw was very light. I might have preferred a slightly tighter draw, actually. The wrapper was smooth with no cracks or large veins, and went all the way to the foot. The head of the cigar was lumpy, but the cap was very solid and well constructed. When cut it did not crack or peel.

Flavor and Aroma: 30 Points of 45 Possible

This is a decent medium bodied cigar, with some okay flavor, but not as complex as I might have liked. Fairly smooth, though it did cause some burning in my throat towards the nub. Initial flavors were of cedar and coffee, but the coffee soon faded away to a toasted nut kind of flavor. During the second third, the cedar intensified, the toasted nuts remained, and a sweet fruity undertone developed. In the last third, the nuts and fruit disappeared and the flavors were mainly cedar and earthiness. Near the nub the earthiness got bitter to the point of being unpleasant.

The smoke overall was sweet and earthy smelling, and was very bright white. The aftertaste was toast and woodsy.


A decent cigar overall, with no major construction or burn issues. The flavors were fairly good overall, but nothing to shout about. I generally enjoyed this cigar, and would probably smoke another if it was offered, but it's unlikely I would buy a box of these any time soon.  

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