Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 (Torpedo)


Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 (Torpedo)
Reviewed: Dan McKay
When: March 28, 2009, 12:30 PM
Where: Greystone Golf Club, Romeo, MI, USA
Misc: Temperature 50 degrees, Sunny and Windy

One of my most favorite things in life is springtime in Michigan. It means a long winter is soon to be behind us, but most importantly it marks the beginning of the golf season.

The crisp cool air makes for a great challenge, keeps the fair weather golfer at bay, and the greens fees are much less than at peak time. On top of those benefits, it’s a time to reunite with your golf buddies and enjoy life, laughs, and a great cigar.

Today was one of those great springtime golf days. The conditions were cold, windy, and there was frost on the ground. Yet the tees still went in, and golf balls flew. The excitement of simply playing golf kept me warm. Well, that and the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 (Torpedo) that I had for after the round.

I’ve heard great things about the Vintage 1990 and was hoping it was all true.

After a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde front and back nine, I was ready to enjoy this stogie.

This is a very nice looking stogie. The wrapper is a bit veiny but the color rich and oily.

Since it was a fairly windy day, and I had a box of matches, it took a bit of effort to get this cigar lit. Once I was able to get a nice burn, the first impressions were very good. It was a bit milder than I had expected, though this could have been from the climate of the day.

Shortly, subtle blends of espresso and chocolate began to emerge and were very pleasant. The flavor was perfectly balanced, very impressive and appreciated.

The flavors continued to show as I moved toward the middle, but remained medium and never overpowering.

There were some minor imperfections in the cigar, the draw wasn’t always smooth, and midway through this cigar I did have to reignite, but it was fine after that.

If the review was purely based upon taste alone, this cigar would be nothing short of perfect. To say I loved the taste of this cigar is an understatement.

With minor issues I must deduct a few points. But, will be picking some more of these up in the very near future.

Rating: Four Stogies