Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary, Toro, 6 1/2 x 52, 20 per box
Rocky Patel likes to tell people that no one in the cigar industry thought he would last ten years in the business. Now he's about to celebrate year 15.To commemorate the occasion, Patel released a cigar called Fifteenth Anniversary by Rocky Patel. It's a medium dark, trunk-pressed cigar that's wrapped in Ecuadoran tobacco grown from Habano seeds. The binder and filler tobaccos are entirely Nicaraguan, and one of the filler varieties is grown on a farm that was specially dedicated to this cigar. The cigars come in dark boxes with metallic plates, and the double bands are the color of gun metal steel.The Fifteenth has the elegance and the balance of the Decade, but it has the richness, complexity and spice that kind of puts it over the top.The Fifteenth Anniversary by Rocky Patel brand comes in four sizes, all of them packed in boxes of 20. The Robusto measures five inches long by 50 ring gauge, the Toro 6 1/2 by 52, the Torpedo 6 1/8 by 52 and the Corona Gorda 6 by 46.