Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Rocky Patel Sun Grown (Natural) Petit Corona
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Trenton (Twinky)

Cigar Geeks Rating

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

Rocky Patel
Sun Grown (Natural) Petit Corona
Ring Gauge:
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Colorado Maduro
Petit Corona
Average Member Rating:
3.33 star rating based on 6 Review(s) (6 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

The wrapper on this cigar is likely its greatest asset. The color is perfect. It is smooth and slightly oily, with a few veins. The cap is perfectly applied and came off with almost no effort. The cigar is fairly dense and very firm to the point of being hard. It smells of light leather and fine tobacco, the way a good cigar should smell.    

Lighting and Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The burn is good, steady and straight, with no problems off of one easy light. The ash is light gray and soft brown with small flakes of white. The ash is fairly strong, holding out to almost an inch with a steady hand. The smoke was light, yet abundant, quickly filling the room.

Construction: 20 Points of 30 Possible

The draw is far too loose. The cigar is very well put together, just very loosely. The wrapper is applied perfectly, as is the cap. It feels too dense to have such a loose draw, almost like a drinking straw with a hole in the side.

Flavor and Aroma: 15 Points of 45 Possible

At light, this cigar is harsh and bitter, with the only discernable note being mild oak. As the cigar settled down, the bitterness faded slightly, but the harshness remained. There was very little complexity throughout the stick. The only flavor to really change was the amount of bitterness. As the fist third got more underway, a slight earthy note came forward with a hint of nut. It was still too harsh to be very pleasant. The second and final thirds were the same as the first, bitter and harsh. On the nub came some relief from the harsh bitterness, a lightly sweet floral aftertaste became present a few moments before the stick was pitched. The entire smoke was harsh, bitter, unpleasant, and burned the back of the throat.


Overall I found this cigar to be pretty and well put together, save the loose draw. The flavor was pretty bad due to the harshness. This was not a good cigar, I didn't like it. I do have a bit of hope that this was just a dud and that the rest of the Rocky Patels are much better.

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