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The oldest, true Connecticut wrapper on the market.
There are few cigar brands as popular as the Rocky Patel Vintage Series. Since their inception, they have been the source for many 90+ ratings, and they have become a fixture in humidors all over the country. The secret to Rocky’s success is in his blends, where he spends years balancing each leaf to make the perfect smoke. As the latest installment of the famous Rocky Patel Vintage series, the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut combines a 7-year-old Connecticut wrapper with a 5-year-old filler and binder to make a creamy, medium-bodied cigar.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut provides a rare look into the mellow side of Rocky's blending techniques. The aroma is toasty and smooth with salty hints and a buttery texture. Like his other vintage lines, this cigar is expertly balanced with distinct flavors that encompass the entire palate.
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First off, let me say that I love Rocky Patel. They have flawless construction and burn characteristics coupled with outstanding and delicious blending across their entire line of cigars. Having never had one of their Vintage '99 Connecticut sticks and enjoying a mild cigar from time to time, I picked a Toro up at a local shop to try. The construction and burn was exactly what I expected of a RP. Excellent, slow, and consistent. It started as a delicious cedar and cashew flavor until within 2 inches of the band and then smoothly transitioned to more of a caramel flavor with the strength of the stick holding steady throughout. I enjoyed it immensely. That being said, the trouble I have with this cigar is that it is extremely expensive for what it is. As much as I enjoyed this stick, a CAO Gold holds its own with it for half the money and a Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne completely blows the '99 away for the same money. Not that it wasn't good. The Rocky Patel Vintage '99 Connecticut was an excellent cigar. It just didn't have any advantage over others for less money and was at a deficit up against others for the same money. Good cigar but not great and certainly not a value. My rating system puts this cigar at a 90.
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