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Finer Things: Rocky Patel 1961 Corona

by Jared Sichel

December 31, 2013 | 3:15 pm

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Welcome to Finer Things, the section of Most Things Considered that will be dedicated to bourgeois and aristocratic hobbies; namely, cigars and fountain pens, with some scotch, bourbon, and gin mixed in. As a moderately experienced novice in both cigars and pens, this author will keep the jargon to a minimum. If you love a good cigar, want to know more, but don't know where to start, this is the place for you. Join the author as he, and you, learn about the art of smoking, and writing.

Before I get into what will be Finer Things' first official cigar review, I encourage the cigar beginner to purchase "The Cigar Log Book" on Amazon. It's a fantastic way to learn about, and keep track of, your cigars. Although I've smoked many a cigar, the review below reflects the first time I really got to know what I was smoking. Here goes:


Date: December 29, 2013

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Occasion: Just because, with a friend of mine, who we'll call ES. He smoked a Rocky Patel Sun Grown, which looked fantastic, and had a beautiful red band.


Brand: Rocky Patel 1961

Shape: Corona

Appearance: Dark, dry, smooth


Filler: Nicaragua

Binder: Honduras

Wrapper: Habano from Ecuador


Firm, good cap. It was rolled well.

Tasting Notes

Even burn, smooth and tasty flavor. Nice draw with pretty thick smoke.

Other Notes

Paired it with Speyside Single Malt Scotch, 1993, oak cask. From Trader Joes (thanks to ES for that one). According to this review, this is the inaugural brand from Rocky's newest cigar factory in Nicaragua, the Tabacalera Villa Cuba (also known as Tavicusa).


8 out of 10

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Jared is a staff reporter for the Jewish Journal. Raised in North Potomac, MD, a sleepy suburb 30 minutes outside Washington D.C., Jared attended Tulane University in America’s...

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