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Spotlight Brand: Rocky Patel Twentieth

November 20, 2015 |

A milestone blend.

Rocky Patel is commemorating twenty years in the cigar industry the only way he can, with a truly memorable cigar. A follow-up to his Decade and Fifteenth Anniversary blends, Twentieth accomplishes what was thought of as an impossible task, exceeding the two anniversary cigars that preceded it. This blend was meticulously worked and re-worked over four long years until it achieved the greatness Rocky was seeking.

Rocky Patel Twentieth is a medium to full-bodied offering boasting a sultry, rich Honduran wrapper resting atop long-leaves from Honduras and Nicaragua. Wonderfully balanced and complex, with a mosaic of flavors including espresso, baking spice, chocolate, cedar, pepper and leather, the cigar remains balanced and full of character to the end. 

Q & A: Cedar Sleeves?

Q.
Why are some cigars wrapped in cedar and others are not?

11/20/15 | by JK of Tamaqua, PA

A.
​There are a variety of reasons for this. First, is purely aesthetics. Cigars just look nicer in a cedar wrap. But the cedar wrap does have some functionality too. The cedar wrap actually helps keep the cigar’s humidity stable while in transit. The cedar also provides unique flavor characteristics to complement most blends by adding a touch of cedar to the flavor, especially when the cedar is applied before the aging process. Lastly, cedar strips were originally used to light cigars as the flame from the cedar strips provided a burst of cedar flavor at the start of the experience. Many die-hard aficionados still practice this tradition.

by Sean G

Review: Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff

Sean G ...a well made cigar
My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, cedar, and hints of espresso are present and make for an incredible opening to the cigar. Unfortunately, for me, that’s the highlight. As the cigar burns, I don’t notice many changes and the overall experience feels a bit lackluster. I get why everyone is drawn to Caldwell’s cigars; they’re made well, look great, etc. After enjoying a few of these, the results are always the same for me.
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