Rocky Patel is one of those names that you just expect to continually put out new cigars - seemingly one right after the other. In one of these waves, Rocky was so kind to put out the Sun grown, a cigar utilizing a 5 year old Ecuadorian Sun Grown Rosado wrapper while matching it with a blend of 7 year old Brazilian, Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos to accentuate their differences while maintaining the 'sun grown' wrapper's flavors and character. It is hard to give more info on a cigar that has already been as well received as the Rocky Patel Sun Grown without belaboring the point. Onto the review!
The pre-light cold draw was perfect. There was a strong flavor of cinnamon, not spicy like cinnamon, but the literal flavor. The cigar is perfect in density with a few soft spots near the foot but they didn't give me any cause for alarm. The head clipped easily and the foot to to flame with just a touch from the lighter.
As the stick warmed up, the cinnamon flavor seemed to get a bit more intense but never overwhemling. I also noticed the room aroma as being that of very sweet tobacco. About an inch in to the cigar I began to pick up notes of raisin or fig. The smoke output was tremendous and made picking out the smooth flavors a bit easier. As the first half finished, there is a floral note that also comes to the table, more of an after note.
The second half of the stick had some changes, the cinnamon flavor has disappeared but a spiciness has appeared in its place. I was also able to taste the same sweet tobacco that I smelled in the room note. The last inch of the cigar has this molasses or honey type flavor and feeling in the mouth. The burn has stayed razor sharp with no need for touch ups.
This cigar smoked just as it should - never getting hot or musty and carrying enjoyable flavors from start to finish. The Sungrown is a full flavor, complex and medium strength cigar that is a great ramp for the moderate smoker wanting to make that dive into more full body cigars. I know that not everyone is a fan of Rocky Patel but even being one of those more skeptical smokers - I was very impressed and happy with the Rocky Patel Sungrown. Add to this delivery, an amazing price that only BuyDiscountCigars.com can provide and recommending these as a box worthy purchase is a no brainer!