Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rocky Patel Ocean Club Review (Saturday Morning Smoke)

Wrapper: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Price: $7.00 - $8.00

This year on Fathers Day, my father and I went over to Center City Philly for a few hours. While we were over there we stopped in a cigar shop to see what they had. When I walked over to the Rocky Patel section, I saw this one standing out. The reason it stood out to me was the band. Usually when I see Rocky Patel sticks they have earthy colors, this was unique with its various shades of teal.

When I got up early Saturday morning, this cigar looked like the perfect morning stick. The medium brown, oily wrapper had no thick veins, no soft spots and was a perfect box press. The stick itself smelled earthy and sweet. I knew I picked the right cigar for the early morning.

Once it lit the stick around 7:00 am, the flavors were good. It started off very earthy with just a mild spice to it. Once the burn cooled down, there was a strong oak flavor that came through. The subtle spices became more distinguished around the one inch mark, and I could tell there was a combination of pepper and cinnamon.

Around the second third, the spice diminished quite a bit and sweetness took over. Once the pepper diluted down to a hint, I could finally pin point the sweetness. There was a definite coffee and chocolate flavor in the mix. When these kicked up, the spicy sweet flavor was perfect with the cup of coffee I had.

Down around the last few inches, the spiciness came back full force. Clearly this third was the best, most flavorful, section of this cigar. The last third had a perfect balance of flavor.

Now for a Rocky Patel, I was a little disappointed. The ash was weak. Usually they hold on for a few inches, this one I was lucky to get an inch. The color was also an ugly combination of black, brown, and gray. The aroma wasn’t too bad, a little spicy, but not overpowering. The smoke was great though. It was a light gray and very creamy. There was also a great amount produced. The burn was perfectly even all the way through and the draw was effortless the whole time.

I think this cigar gets deserves a 7 out of 10. And I would recommend this to new smokers. On a scale from mild to full, this cigar would sit on the teetering line between mild and medium.

Enjoy your smoke,

Zack the Stogie Man


  1. This cigar seems to be actual able-bodied constructed, with no bendable spots, and I like the pigtail cap. There is a nice brownish hue to the wrapper as well.

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  2. This is probably my fave in R.P. line. Creamy pleasant smoke with a very easy pull. I have found Ocean Club to be very consistant from stick to stick. Only thing I dislike is the cheap looking band they use, love the teal but looks like you made them at home on printer.