Rocky Patel Sun Grown Sixty Review

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Rocky Patel Reviews

Rocky Patel Sun Grown cigar review

Brand: – Rocky Patel
Origin: Honduras
Price: – Around $7.75

The fire engine red label that wrapped tightly across the top of her long thick body should have been seen as a warning sign. I thought I could take everything the Sun Grown dished out, however I quickly learned that this lady was just too hot to handle.

I was hoping to grade this cigar as an A; it is after all a beautiful stick. Heck I would have even settled for a B but fate had different plans and the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Sixty was really only middle of the road at best. I received five of these cigars from a Rocky Patel Big Ring sampler pack that I had recently purchased. I was already familiar with the Vintage 1992 and had recently smoked a couple of the Indian Tabac Camaroon Legends. I enjoyed both of those cigars, everything about them was superb. There were a couple of other varieties in my sampler and with the Sun Grown being one of them I was really looking forward to this smoke.

The prelit cigar started out great and quickly built up my anticipation for the lighted treat. The wrapper had a mild leathery taste to it that was almost unnoticeable. However what impressed me the most was the prelit draw, it was smooth with a creamy nutty flavor that quickly filled my mouth. The flavor was intense yet at the same time refreshing to the palate. The last nutty flavored cigar that I had tried was the Victor Sinclair Vintage Select and I was looking forward to finding another cigar with a similar nutty taste.

About the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Sixty Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full-bodied
Size: 6×60

I wish I could tell you that the lighted cigar continued to exceed my expectations but unfortunately the flavors took a drastic turn for the worse. The first few puffs were very peppery and came off too harsh for my palate. It definitely got my attention but then again I’ve never been in favor of a shock and all approach to the senses. Don’t get me wrong I do like spicy foods but when it comes to cigars it’s just not a taste that I have acquired yet.

Fortunately the harshness subsided after first few puffs otherwise I don’t believe I would have been able to finish this stick. The first third of the cigar turned to more of a woodsy cedar taste with a little pepper mixed in with it. Every now and then there was a hint of a nutty flavor but it was unfortunately milder than I would prefer. Another annoyance was that as quickly as the nutty flavor appeared it was soon overpowered by a peppery spice.

Two thirds the way down and the cigar’s woodsy flavoring along with a mix of the pepper spice started to really become more evident. I could feel the pepper starting to burn the tip of my tongue and the back of my throat was already tingling a bit by now. The final stretch of the cigar had more of an earthy taste to it but the peppery spice was still evident until the end. By now the pepper had consumed my throat as I felt it go numb along with a tingling sensation against my upper lip.

Outside the pepper spice the cedar and other woodsy flavors made this a very dry tasting cigar. For some palates this may be welcomed but again it’s not something that I’m that fond of. The taste of the cigar was not terrible by any means; it’s just that it really didn’t impress me.

The construction of this cigar was pretty tight with only a few soft spots throughout my stick. The draw surprisingly was a little tighter than some of the other Rocky Patel’s I’ve tried but I was still able to get an ample amount of smoke without any issues.

My experience with the burn however was a little mixed. The burn started out even and stayed that way for the majority of the first third of my stick. The second third of the cigar was a different story and the burn eventually became uneven to the point where I had to touch it up. I only had to touch the cigar up once during my smoke and the burn, although not perfect, stayed close to being even all the way until the end.

I found the Sun Grown Sixty to be an attractive cigar with a rich brown wrapper that had an oily sheen to it. The cap also had a pigtail on it which I thought brought an even more interesting look to the cigar. The red and gold label stood out on this cigar with an imposing yet still classy look to it.

The Rocky Patel Sun Grown Sixty cost around $7.75 per stick.

Final Comments
Overall I thought that the Sun Grown cigar was just too peppery for my palate. Those that enjoy a heavy peppery taste will probably like this cigar but for me it was not one of my favorite Rocky Patel’s. The pepper spice was not the only issue and the cigar’s dry and woodsy taste didn’t really appeal to me either. The taste wasn’t bad; it’s just that there are other cigars with much better flavors out there.

The Sun Grown Sixty is a strong cigar that does have a little kick to it. Nothing as intense as the Oliva V but the cigar did grab my attention. I would recommend not smoking one of these on an empty stomach as I was feeling the effects even though I smoked my cigar after a big dinner. I’ll smoke another one from my stash but it’s not a cigar I see myself investing in the future.

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One Comment to “Rocky Patel Sun Grown Sixty Review”

  1. Where did you get them.I can only find them on Cigarsinternational who will not post to Australia.I have tried the Maxx Ego (9 1/4 x 50!!) and to be honest I have enyoejd that much more than some Cubans (and at 89 a box v the 60-80 dollars a stick I paid for the Cuban H Upmann and HdM!!!) . Had another last night, nice even draw (I use a punch) and delightfully bold start to finish I had less than an inch left as I sucked the life out of it!!Wabt to try AB never had a problem with construction (unlike a number of oh so yummie gurhka’s which had a tendencies to split!)

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