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Cigar Review – Thunder Robusto by Nimish

I went back and took a look at some of the 2011 releases I’ve reviewed recently, and it surprised me to see that I haven’t smoked anything from Rocky Patel. The one I’ve had my eye on in particular is Thunder by Nimish, which was created by Nimish Desai, Rocky’s cousin. Having enjoyed quite a few of Rocky’s blends (Prodigy and Sun Grown come to mind), I wondered what his cousin had in store. So with that, I opened up a box of Thunder Robustos and put one through the gauntlet.

This dark, squat cigar had an exceptionally oily wrapper, and was well-packed from head to foot. The cap was well-applied and boasted a very neat pigtail, and once I clipped it, the draw was perfect in my book, exhibiting pre-light flavors of chocolate, cherries, and building red pepper. That was enough to get me pretty excited to light up, so I hastily toasted the foot and began puffing away.

Right away this cigar opened up with bold flavors of cocoa and rich tobacco. About a half inch in, the red pepper started to come through, building on my palate and soon peaking at around medium-to-full-bodied. Just a bit further in, I started tasting the cherry note I picked up on the pre-light, along with a little bit of vague fruit sweetness on the retrohale. Just before the cigar burned down to the second third, the pepper mellowed out significantly, allowing the chocolate note to really shine.

The second third was noticeably sweeter than the first, and I’d say it was a little less than half as peppery. Instead of cocoa and cherries, I started tasting butterscotch, coffee, and raisins with a woody campfire note on the retrohale. The burn started to get a little ragged, but I wanted to see what this stogie could really do, so instead of touching it up, I let it run its course. As I’d hoped, the burn corrected itself completely in just a few puffs.

Eventually, as the cigar burned down to next to nothing, the flavors dwindled down to two that I could pick out: espresso and dark tobacco. I’ve seen this a lot lately; a smoke will start out complex with a ton of different “name that tune” flavors, and eventually those flavors will drop off one by one, culminating in what seems like a showcasing of the quality of the tobaccos in the blend. I think it’s a really cool effect, and I think that once that stripped-down flavor hits, it reminds you that what you’re smoking is, in fact, a bunch of leaves. Anyway, with just over an inch remaining, I decided to set the cigar down.

The Thunder Robusto by Nimish wasn’t quite as powerful as I expected it to be, but bear in mind that I’m writing this not too long after smoking a 601 La Bomba and a Tatuaje Fausto. Strength aside, I have to say that this is one of the best cigars I’ve had from Rocky Patel. The flavors were complex and consistently engaging and the construction was excellent, exhibiting a self-correcting burn and long ashes (nothing less than I’d expect from TAVICUSA, the same factory that produces our very own Prodigy). I hope Nimish gets the chance to blend again, because if Thunder is any indication of his abilities, I’d say he’s a very talented guy. Anyway, here’s to yet another solid smoke from the Rocky Patel camp, and I look forward to smoking some more of these in the future.