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Spotlight Brand: Rocky Patel Connecticut

January 20, 2013 |

Meet Rocky's best-selling mellow.

Connecticut by Rocky Patel is his best-selling mellow line of cigars. Wrapped in an oily Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade leaf and plump with premium Honduran long-filler, this blend offers a smooth and creamy profile that will impress. Featuring high-quality construction & performance, these golden-blonde beauties fly off the dock at an eye-popping rate. Goes great with morning coffee, ideal for an afternoon round of golf, and excellent even as an evening selection for your after-dinner cigar session, Connecticut by Rocky Patel is an "All-Day" blend perfect for when something smooth, clean, and creamy is required. RP Connecticut is soft in body but packed full of flavor, different from his usual full-flavored, full-bodied powerhouses that his name has become synonymous for. If you are a fan of Connecticut Shade, this stick is sure to be love at first smoke.

Q & A: Box-pressed Cigars?

Why are some cigars box-pressed? What's the point?

1/15/13 | by GS of Bethesda, MD

​​The box-pressed shape started in Cuba as rollers would pack the cigars tightly in boxes to help save some space. It was realized that this particular shape allows the cigars to burn slower and draw a bit tighter, thus allowing the tobaccos to combust perfectly together, expelling full flavors. Box-pressed cigars don't roll off tables, preventing damages and they are easy to stack in humidors. There's sort of a love/hate relationship between enthusiasts and box-pressed cigars; some people love them due to their perfect construction qualities while others don't care for the shape and the way it feels when being smoked. Some of our expert's favorite cigars are box-pressed, such as Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, and La Herencia Cubana Core. 

by Dave


Dave Season Of The Witch
Rothchild (6.0”x54): Medium-bodied with more earth presented than spice. A touch of espresso reveals itself on the exhale while the blend burns even and true from head to foot due to its box-pressed shape. A great blend for any enthusiast. 89/100 [Buy Now]

Robusto (5.0”x52):
Quite similar to the late Gurkha Regent if you're familiar with that blend. Offers a smoother charater than the big rothchild but the cigar doesn't perform as well with a box-pressed 52 ring. The draw is a bit tight, the smoke a bit hot, and the flavor a bit more raw. However, it's still smooth and elegant while pushing the limits of medium-bodied. 88/100 [Buy Now]

XO (6.0”x60):
For those who like others to bask in their cigar smoke. This size expels a ton of thick, creamy smoke that fills your entire personal space with a hearty aroma of earth and pepper. The finish remains rich and bold with many competing notes of espresso and spice. What's ncie about this XO is although its a 6.0"x60, the cigar was so well-blended that the flavor profile doesn't change much.
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