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Top 10 Rocky Patel Cigars

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Fans of Rocky Patel appreciate the man’s charisma as much as they do his cigars. Rocky Patel segued from a successful career as an attorney in Hollywood in the mid-1990s to become a full-fledged cigar-maker in the midst of the Cigar Boom. Rocky began with a modest brand, Indian Tabac, which caught the attention of premium cigar retailers, consumers, and critics thanks to his relentless promotion of it. By 2003, Rocky made the decision to transition away from Indian Tabac to focus on the eponymous Rocky Patel cigars we know and enjoy today. It was a somewhat calculated risk and one that paid off. While a handful of Rocky’s early enthusiasts remember Indian Tabac fondly, his many namesake ‘RP’ releases easily eclipse his initial successes.


Today, the Rocky Patel portfolio blossoms with a continual mix of premium cigars, new and old. Navigating them can be daunting for those less familiar with Rocky’s core brands. Below, we’ve untangled the maze and we’re taking you straight to the Top 10 Rocky Patel Cigars in his brand’s extensive library.

#1 - Rocky Patel Renaissance

Rocky Patel Renaissance is a 90-rated franchise handmade in Honduras. The original blend features an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper and a popular recipe of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-filler tobaccos. A medium-bodied profile of coffee beans, earth, and leather is handcrafted in a handful of classic shapes. Following the blend’s strong demand, Rocky expanded the franchise with ’RP’ Renaissance Connecticut, a milder blend with a silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and the slightly stronger ‘RP’ Renaissance Habano, which features a glistening Cuban-seed wrapper leaf. ‘RP’ Renaissance Maduro reaches fans of sweeter profiles with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Renaissance originally sold for up to $11.50 per cigar. However, today you can access the entire line for $2.49 to $3.49 per cigar. The brand is wildly popular thanks to Rocky’s unbeatable formula for quality, construction, and big discounts.

Rocky also unveiled an entire line of premium Cuban-sandwich blends with Rocky Patel Renaissance Fumas. Four wrapper varietals are available, including Connecticut, Habano, Maduro, and Sumatra. Renaissance Fumas sell for only $1.99 per cigar and represent an amazing deal for many brand-loyal Rocky fans in search of excellent cigars for mowing the grass, shoveling the driveway, or tooling around in the garage.

#2 - Rocky Patel Mulligans

Because Rocky Patel is an insatiable cigar-maker who works tirelessly in expanding his portfolio of core releases, not every cigar he creates makes it into his production schedule. But, that doesn’t mean they’re inferior to his core releases. The Rocky Patel Mulligans franchise was developed to showcase many of Rocky’s finest cigars with a generous discount applied to the price. Most sell for between $1.50 and $2.50 apiece. ‘RP’ Mulligans includes a tremendous variety of 12 distinct releases in mild, medium, and full-bodied blends. There’s a Rocky Patel Mulligans for nearly every cigar lover thanks to a wide menu of wrapper options, shapes, and tasting profiles. To get a great sense of the brand, we recommend the 10-count Rocky Patel Mulligans ‘Aces’ Collection or the 20-cigar Rocky Patel Mulligans Monster Deal.

#3 - Rocky Patel Ocean Club

With its cocoa-hued Nicaraguan wrapper leaf and a complex core of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Mexican long-fillers, Rocky Patel Ocean Club has been a top-selling cigar for years. Distinctive notes of leather, coffee beans, and cayenne pull off a creamy finish in four popular shapes. For $7.55 to $10.80 per cigar, ‘RP’ Ocean Club is a fan favorite for many.

#4 - Rocky Patel The Edge

Rocky Patel The Edge remains a standout smoke in Rocky’s arsenal thanks to its full-bodied, full-flavored profile of hearty and spicy tasting notes. Four classic shapes are available in either a Corojo or a Maduro wrapper leaf. Beneath, lies a potent recipe of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Choose your favorite shape for $6.65 to $9.10 apiece. Take ‘RP’ The Edge for a test drive when you’re craving a robust after-dinner cigar.

#5 - Rocky Patel Velvet Edition

Handcrafted in Nicaragua from a premium array of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, Rocky Patel Velvet Edition is finished in a golden and silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf. A medium-bodied profile of almonds, cedar, and fresh ground coffee exudes a pleasant and peppery aroma. The blend concludes with a creamy, medium-bodied taste and is available in four formats for $7.55 to $10.80 per cigar.

#6 - Rocky Patel Decade

Among Rocky’s most lauded releases is Rocky Patel Decade. The blend scored an impressive 95 points from Cigar Aficionado following its debut. Its medium to full-bodied flavors of cedar, black pepper, and almonds carry hints of dried cherries. Handcrafted in Honduras, Rocky blended a proprietary recipe of Nicaraguan tobaccos under a succulent Ecuador Sumatra wrapper leaf. ‘RP’ Decade sells for $10.55 to $13.85 per cigar in four sought-after shapes.

#7 - Rocky Patel Short Run Limited Edition

Rocky Patel Short Run Limited Edition is a high-end blend handmade from a recipe of Rocky’s oldest premium tobaccos. ‘RP’ Short Run was originally slated to sell for $28 to $30 per cigar. But, because the project was shelved for a bit, it almost never saw the light of day. Now you can taste one of Rocky’s finest and rarest creations beginning at only $2.74 per cigar. The luscious profile of dark chocolate, espresso beans, almonds, and wood is drafted from a shimmering San Andrés wrapper leaf and an exclusive pairing of undisclosed binder and filler tobaccos.

#8 - Rocky Patel Vintage

Rocky Patel Vintage is the series that originally put Rocky’s name on the map. The franchise has received numerous ratings of 90 points and up in Cigar Aficionado and has grown to include five popular blends. Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 is box-pressed with a dark and sweet Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 features a lustrous Ecuador Sumatra leaf and a medium-bodied blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 appeals to fans of lighter cigars with its blond Connecticut Shade wrapper and nutty finish. Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 is drafted with a classic Cameroon wrapper and the most recent edition, Rocky Patel Vintage 2006, is finished in an earthy San Andrés leaf. Rocky Patel Vintage cigars sell for $8.59 to $11.75 apiece and guarantee to impress a number of palates.

#9 - Rocky Patel Black Label

The strength gets cranked up a notch with Rocky Patel Black Label. A full-bodied profile of dark roast espresso, black currant, raisins, and wood emerges in a handful of classic shapes that were originally slated to sell for $19 to $20 per cigar. Because Rocky opted to release Black Label in hearty 20-count bundles instead of boxes, you can enjoy access to this rare small-batch smoke for as low as $2.74 apiece. A toothy Maduro wrapper embraces a potent marriage of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos.

#10 - Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro

The second cigar in Rocky’s portfolio to score 95 points in Cigar Aficionado was also ranked the ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ for 2016. Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro delivers an attractive profile of dark cocoa, earth, almonds, and chestnuts with a sweet finish. A delicious Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper marries a rich, full-bodied combo of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. The popular smoke sells for $9.20 to $11.15 per cigar.

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