- Made by: Rocky Patel
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian
- Binder: Honduran
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Ring Gauge: 50
- Length: 5”
Rocky Patel released The Decade to celebrate its ten years in the cigar business after transitioning out of the business of an entertainment lawyer in the early 90s. This release features premium Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Ecuadorian tobaccos. It features a dark Sumatra wrapper with dainty veins and a consistent color. It has no soft spots to my touch. It’s dressed with two separate yellow and gold bands. The top one displays the embossed Rocky Patel logo center stage and just below this sits the second band with the word ‘Decade’ across it.
Both the lighting and loose draw of the cigar are easy, with a thin and even burn line. It starts off with a creamy palate with creamy flavors of nuts and woodiness. There are hints of pepper at this early stage but this is fleeting in the first third. Removing the secondary band for the second third of the cigar, the taste gets richer, with more woodsy flavors coming out. The cigar also mellows out a little and the spiciness fades to the retrohale so that it’s only hinted at on the back of your throat. The final third of the cigar maintains the woods and spice but turns slightly bitter, which surprises me. It maintains this slight bitterness through to the end of the cigar.
Overall, I’d say I’d have to try this cigar again to determine whether I actually like it. It seemed an average cigar and the bitterness was definitely a detractor. However, I find I don’t dislike the cigar either. Final opinion, this was an average cigar which I will try again but which I wouldn’t smoke on the regular.