We love Rocky Patel cigars. Rocky Patel himself, president of the company, is known for having a variety of cigars out that celebrate and commemorate special events. The Rocky Patel 1961 honors the year Mr. Patel was born and the Rocky Patel Fifty (which landed the #8 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars in 2012) was made to commemorate his 50th birthday.
Rocky’s latest cigar is a new birthday cigar that will join his celebratory ranks next month. The most exciting part of this new cigar is that for the first time, it will include tobacco that Rocky Patel’s company grew on its own.
The name of this celebratory stogie is the Rocky Patel II.XXVI (which is 2/26, Rocky Patel’s birthday, written in Roman numerals). The new smoke will launch around the end of February and will be a three size cigar line. The blend used to make the Rocky Patel II.XXVI is a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos grown by Patel’s company. Also in the blend is a Mexican double binder leaf and a dark broadleaf wrapper grown in Pennsylvania Dutch country.
Patel discussed the cigar with Cigar Aficionado last week and was excited to spread the word on his new cigar. “Eighty percent of the filler is from our farms in Esteli,” Patel told Cigar Aficionado. Rocky Patel now has two farms in Esteli, Nicaragua, where many of his cigars are rolled. The Rocky Patel II.XXVI blend is the first to use a large amount of tobacco blends from his farms in Esteli.
Needless to say, the Rocky Patel II.XXVI is an interesting blend that we’re looking forward to trying!