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Spotlight Brand: Rocky Patel Connecticut

Rocky Patel Connecticut

Meet Rocky's best-selling mellow.

Connecticut by Rocky Patel is his best-selling mellow line of cigars. Wrapped in an oily Ecuador 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. 

Connecticut is offered in boxes of twenty and in four different sizes. The construction and quality of these cigars make them as good as any super premium, but at a fraction of the price. If you are a Connecticut fan, this stick is sure to be a love at first smoke.




Q & A: Box-pressed Cigars?

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

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

A.
​​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

Review: Gurkha Red Witch

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.
Restoring Dry Cigars

Article: Restoring Dry Cigars

It happens to all of us. Life gets busy, and you don’t notice your humidifier is dry. Are your cigars ruined? Can you bring them back? The short answer: yes (and no).

Growing tobacco and hand-rolling cigars occurs largely in a tropical climate, where both humidity and temperature are ideal for cigar storage. When visiting any number of factories or homes of cigar makers, you’ll notice humidors are not commonplace. The natural, tropical environment is actually ideal for aging and storing cigars, so it is normal to see cigars kept in various locations other than humidors.  However, the United States is a different animal. A humidor is defined as, “an airtight container for keeping cigars or tobacco moist,” but in reality it is so much more. The purpose of a humidor is to recreate the tropical environment in which tobacco is grown and stored; this ideal climate is moderately warm with higher humidity – 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 70% humidity.

The most important aspect of cigar storage is a consistent range in ideal temperature and relative humidity (RH) levels. The range in temperatures and RH levels is crucial for properly aging cigars and critical for preventing mold or wrapper-damaging expansion and contraction. Taking all of this into account, if you’ve neglected your prized possessions and want to restore them to their former glory, the damage done is irreversible. The natural oils in tobacco are essential to its flavor, and in a dry state, the loss of these oils can result in a drastically diminished flavor profile. While they can be returned to the proper RH levels, they will never have the same potential they once did – you simply cannot return them to a humid environment and expect status quo. The drastic change in climate will not only shock the cigar, but it will also create rapid absorption in the tobacco, causing the fillers to quickly expand, possibly cracking and damaging the wrapper leaf. Some of the flavor and complexity can be restored, but the success of this process varies based on how dry the cigars are. You must gradually reintroduce the cigars to their native environment, until they are returned to a full 70% relative humidity. Tobacco reacts almost like a natural sponge, drawing in moisture from its environment, so it’s important that this absorption occurs slowly. I first recommend putting the cigars in an environment at 60% humidity before slowly raising the environment to 70%. This may take weeks (or even months), but the product will restore to a smokeable condition over time, reestablishing integrity in its construction. While many of the important oils may be lost forever, there will still be a semblance of its intended flavor, balance, and complexity, depending on how long the cigar has been in a dry environment.

If life catches up with you and results in a neglected humidor, the cigars will be impacted but not completely lost. Maintaining a consistent environment with a 70 degree temperature at 70% RH level is paramount, especially for long-term aging. Failure to care for your prized cigars may result in the ultimate cost. Be sure you maintain your humidor by seasoning it often while monitoring your temperature and humidity levels regularly.