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Rocky Patel Sun Grown (Natural) Petit Corona
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Corey M. Mayo (cmmayo)

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Welcome to another Cigar Geeks Critique of a cigar provided to us by our friends at Cigars Direct. Up for review this time is the Rocky Patel Sun Grown in the Petit Corona size.



Rocky Patel Sun Grown (Natural) Petit Corona

Brand:
Rocky Patel
Name:
Sun Grown (Natural) Petit Corona
Length:
4.5
Ring Gauge:
44
Country of Origin:
Honduras
Filler:
Brazil
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Petit Corona
Average Member Rating:
3.33 star rating based on 6 Review(s) (6 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Cherry Coke Zero (drank very little while smoking)

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 10 Possible

The veiny sun-grown wrapper is medium to dark brown, evenly colored and only slightly oily. I forgive this wrapper some of its bumpiness because most sun-grown wrappers I've seen also tend to be overly veiny.
The pre-light aroma of the wrapper carries a slight "barnyard" scent, but the filler tobaccos at the foot give a slight nutty aroma.
Worried that a large vein near the cap might cause problems, I carefully cut the cap (experienced no issues after lighting) and the pre-light draw (which was extremely loose) brought no flavor.

Lighting and Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The easy draw allowed the cigar to produce copious amounts of smoke. The light-up was easy, but the burn line stayed curvy for the first third. The cigar had a fairly solid ash that carried a salt and pepper color and held only to about 3/4 of an inch.
I believe that because of the easy draw of this cigar, the burn was too fast. Unless I slowed way down on the rate of smoking, the cigar burned a bit hot and the flavor eventually suffered.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

This is a solid-feeling cigar—almost hard—and it only gives slightly near the foot. The veiny wrapper has a few imperfections, but nothing that affected the burn. The main flaw in construction is the loose draw. This affected the burn and flavor a bit.

Flavor and Aroma: 29 Points of 45 Possible

This cigar stayed close to medium strength, with the expected bite of a sun grown wrapper. It started with a peppery kick that lingered on the tongue, followed by heavy flavors of dark woods and dried berries/cherries. I immediately pick up that this particular cigar has some age on it.
Retrohaling gives me slight touches of cocoa and coffee. The aftertaste was of oak with a pepper layer that "stuck" to the tongue.
1/2 – The cigar had a decent pepper kick to start that subsided later in the first half as the wood and pepper blended smoothly with the dried berry flavor. A slight nuttiness appeared, but did not remain. By the end of the first 15 minutes, the flavor is already getting boring. The oak aftertaste is a bit bitter and near the end of the first half, things are getting bitter all over.
2/2 – I decide I need to slow down and puff more easily. The easy draw of this cigar is damaging the flavors. A bit of coffee/cocoa appears briefly. The pepper flavor is gone (though still an aftertaste on my tongue), and the cigar mellows as I take more time and try for less smoke per draw. I sense a fleeting herbal flavor at one point—something like a slight mint flavor.
The cigar becomes extremely harsh in the last 2 inches and I go no farther.

Summary

This cigar only lasted about 40 minutes. The strength of the cigar was perfect for my taste. I think any stronger and the peppery bite would have been unpleasant.
An above average, well-made cigar, but the RP Sun Grown's flavor profile doesn't motivate me to smoke more. The flavor blend could use less wood and pepper and more of the peripheral touches of cherry and mocha.

Final Word: I love the Vintage 90/92, but this cigar has none of the great leather and chocolate flavors of that line.


   
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