Manufacturer’s Spotlight – Rocky Patel

Rakesh “Rocky” Patel has been in the business for a short time, but has worked hard to produce one of the most popular cigars on the market, The Edge, and a list of other popular lines.rocky-patel

He initially made his mark in the cigar biz with his Indian Tabac line.  It proved to be a difficult road to travel, and with disinterest from the consumer and the royalties required from Indian Motorcycles, Rocky was in trouble.  Then he discovered the world or online retail.  Rocky began to sell his Indian Tabac lines through big internet giants like Cigars International, and they started to sell.

By this time Rocky was ready to make his own cigar, and with that came the RP Vintage lines.  Things really exploded for Rocky Patel who made hit after hit cigar.  His biggest success was the RP Edge a then unbanded cigar sold in 500 count boxes recommended for the most experienced smoker.  These high octane cigars were inexpensive… and quite good.

Rocky has also remained loyal to his saving grace, the internet.  Rocky Patel has made many exclusive lines and brands for quite a handful of online retailers (almost as many as Gurkha).

Recently Rocky’s rep had been tarnished a bit by some sub-par releases and consistency issues with the Edge (they’ve never been the same since the 1st release).

So Rocky has gone back to the drawing board and with the success of “small batch” cigars has made Seasonal Blends and other limited editions like his RP Decade and ITC 10th Anniversary cigars (notice the letters ITC, not Indian Tabac, that way no royalties need be paid to Indian Motorcycles – smart!).

Below is a loooong list of products made under the Rocky Patel or Indian Tabac name, 61 blends not including all of the seconds!  Also included are internet exclusives and other lines made with Rocky’s collaboration.

Rocky Patel – not Rocky’s first line, but his most recognizable, debuted in the mid 2000’s.

  • RP 15th Anniversary – new for 2010!
  • RP 1961 – new for 2009, this 4 size line comes draped in a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

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  • RP Cameroon Especial – a bundled bargain, available in 3 sizes with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • RP Corojo Especial – soon to be released.
  • RP Decade – celebrating 10 hard years in the cigar biz, this blend comes in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.

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  • RP Edge Corojo – released in 2004, the “original” Edge is available in 5 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper.
  • RP Edge Lite – a less strong Edge was released in 2005, it is available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • RP Edge Maduro – available in 5 sizes with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.rocky-patel-edge
  • RP Olde World Reserve Corojo – available in 3 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper.

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  • RP Olde World Reserve Maduro – available in 3 sizes with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Renaissance – a new blend for 2008, this features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper in 3 sizes.

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  • RP Sun Grown – introduced in 2004, this stronger cigar comes in 6 sizes with an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper.

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  • RP Vintage 1990 – debuting in 2003, this really was Rocky’s BIG cigar, available in 8 sizes with an aged Honduran Broadleaf wrapper.

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  • RP Vintage 1992 – like the 1990, this was Rocky’s breakthrough cigar, it is available in 8 sizes with an aged Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper.

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  • RP Vintage 1999 Connecticut – released in 2006, this is available in 7 sizes with an aged Connecticut Shade wrapper.

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Rocky Patel Limited Editionsthese blends saw limited release and distribution.

  • RP Decade Edicion Limitada 2009 -  in one size with a Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Edge Squared – a limited release, the box-pressed version supposedly had more ligero, it was available in 3 sizes with a Nicaragua Corojo wrapper.
  • RP Edge Squared Maduro – a limited release, the box-pressed version supposedly had more ligero, it was available in 3 sizes with a Nicaragua Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Edge Sumatra – another LE, this was available in 3 sizes with an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper.

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  • RP Meritage - a special edition in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper.
  • RP NRA Valedor – available in 3 sizes featuring an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
  • RP TAA – a new blend for 2009 for TAA members.

 

Rocky Patel Seasonal Blends – another clever idea from Rocky.  For each season there will be a special limited edition blend, which will be unique year to year.  Some may turn into regular lines like the popular Winter ’09 blend.

  • RP Seasonal Blend Summer 2008 – the first of the seasonal blends, this limited edition cigar came in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper and Cameroon binder.
  • RP Seasonal Blend Autumn 2008 – available in 4 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • RP Seasonal Blend Winter 2009 – available in 3 sizes with a Maduro wrapper (I think this may be similar to the Patel Brothers cigar).

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  • RP Seasonal Blend Spring 2009 – available in 3 sizes with a Sumatran wrapper.
  • RP Seasonal Blend Summer 2009 – available in 3 sizes with a Rosado wrapper.

 

Patel Brothersa collaboration with Rocky’s brother, Nish, this new line debuted in 2009.

  • Patel Brothers – available in 4 sizes with a Pennsylvanian Broadleaf wrapper.

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Indian Tabac Company – Rocky’s first line, ITC featured the Indian motorcycle logo and sported a few value conscious lines.  These are available now, mostly online, with the exception of the ITC 10th Anniversary.  Most blends have probably changed since the beginning of these lines.

  • Indian Tabac Anniversary Limited Reserve – available in 3 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.

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  • Indian Tabac Cameroon Legend – once a larger line, this is now available in 3 sizes with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Cameroon Legend Maduro – once a larger line, this is now available in 3 sizes with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Classic – available in 4 sizes with a Honduran Corojo wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Maduro – available in 3 sizes with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Nonpareil Connecticut – seeing only short distribution, this was available in 2 sizes with a Connecticut wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Nonpareil Habano – seeing only short distribution, this was available in 2 sizes with a Habano wrapper.
  • Indian Tabac Super Fuerte – available in 3 sizes with a Honduran Corojo wrapper.

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  • Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Maduro – available in 3 sizes with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • ITC 10th Anniversary – introduced in ’07, this blend is available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
  • ITC Split Decision Double – available in the Toro size with a double barber pole of Habano and Connecticut wrappers.

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  • ITC Split Decision Triple – available in the Toro size with a triple barber pole of Habano and Connecticut and Broadleaf wrappers.
  • ITC Split Decision Quad – available in the Toro size with a double barber pole of Habano and Connecticut, Candela and Broadleaf wrappers.

Other Lines – Rocky has had a few other lines with his name attached.

  • Diesel – was available in 5 sizes with a robust Brazilian wrapper.
  • Fire – triple-fermented this was available in 5 sizes with a Honduran Maduro wrapper.
  • Horsepower 250 – the mildest of the Horsepower series,
  • Horsepower 350 – this was available in the Churchill sizes with a Corojo wrapper.
  • Horsepower 450 – this was available in the Churchill sizes with a Corojo wrapper.
  • Horsepower Turbo – the strongest of the Horsepower series, featuring a Corojo wrapper in the Churchill size.

Internet Exclusives – this list is loonng… and only contain a few decent tasting cigars.

  • CI Legends Rocky Patel Orange Label – this one size blend features a Corojo wrapper.
  • Famous 70th Anniversary Rocky Patel – available in 3 sizes with a Nicaraguan wrapper.
  • MJK by Rocky Patel – not much is known about this commissioned blend, but it comes in 4 sizes with a Maduro wrapper.
  • RP American Market Blend – available in 5 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • RP Cameroon – this is available in 5 sizes with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • RP Connecticut – available in 4 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • RP Cuban Blend – available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper.
  • RP Cuban Blend Maduro – available in 5 sizes with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Fumas – a mixed filler cigar, this is a one size line with a Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Fusion – available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • RP Fusion DM – the DM stands for Double Maduro, and is available in 4 sizes with a Brazilian maduro wrapper.
  • RP Fusion MM – a barber pole LE of the Fusion and Fusion DM.
  • RP Gold – available in 5 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • RP Honduran Blend – available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper.
  • RP Honduran Blend Maduro – available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan Corojo Maduro wrapper.
  • RP I-Press – an “intensely” box-pressed cigar, this is available in one size with a Honduran maduro wrapper.
  • RP Maduro – available in 5 sizes with a Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Ocean Club – this bizarrely named line features a Nicaraguan wrapper in 4 sizes.
  • RP “OSG” – the supposed original blend for the RP Sun Grown line, it was available in 4 sizes with a Sumatran wrapper.
  • RP Puro Cubano – available in 4 sizes with a Habano wrapper.
  • RP Royal Order – available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian wrapper.
  • RP Royal Vintage – available in 4 sizes with a Habano wrapper.
  • RP R4 – available in 4 sizes with a Habano wrapper.
  • RP R4 Maduro – seeing a limited release, this was available in 2 sizes with a Maduro wrapper.
  • RP Rosado – available in 6 sizes with a Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper.
  • RP Signature Series – available in 2 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • RP Signature Series 500 – a LE of the Signature, this was offered in the Toro size with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • RP Sungrown Fuerte – a spicier version of his SG line, available in 4 sizes w/ an Ecuadorian wrapper.
  • RP Velvet Edition – here’s a new blend w/ a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper in 4 sizes.

Collaborations– Rocky makes a lot of friends, and here is a list of some collaborative projects he has been on.

  • Conuco – blended for Famous, this six sixe line features a Habano wrapper.
  • Cruz Real – blended for Famous, this six size blend features a Connecticut wrapper.
  • Cruz Real Sumatra – this also comes in six sizes but with a Sumatran wrapper.
  • Esteban Carreras 1961 – these may now be made at La Aurora.
  • Esteban Carreras Connecticut – available in 5 sizes with a Connecticut wrapper.
  • Java – made in collaboration with Drew Estate, this Mocha-flavored cigar comes in 5 sizes with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.
  • Java Latte – made in collaboration with Drew Estate, this Coffee-flavored cigar comes in 5 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.

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  • Nicarao – available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan wrapper.

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  • Nording – made for the Nording pipe company, this rich, dark cigar is available in 4 sizes, originally with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper, now with a Nicaraguan “Colorado”.

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  • REO – made in collaboration with Espinosa y Ortega (EO Brands), it was available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, it now features a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • Vibe – also made in collaboration with Espinosa y Ortega (EO Brands) it is available in a few sizes with a Corojo wrapper.
  • Vigilante – another collaborative project, this time with Exclusive cigars, this blend is available in 4 sizes with a Brazilian wrapper.
  • Vigilante ‘98 –this blend is available in 4 sizes with a Honduran Criollo ‘98 wrapper.
  • Vigilante Maduro Ligero – another collaborative project, this time with Exclusive cigars, this blend is available in 4 sizes with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.

Seconds – Rocky apparently has a LOT of seconds.  Here’s a list.

  • ITC 10th Anniversary Segundos
  • Rocky 2nds Connecticut
  • Rocky Patel Factory 2nds
  • Rocky Factory 2nds Corojo
  • Rocky Factory 2nds Maduro
  • Rocky Factory Selects
  • Rocky Factory Selects Corojo
  • Rocky Factory Selects Maduro
  • RP Edge “Counterfeits”
  • RP Fusion Seconds
  • RP Signature Seconds
  • RP Vintage Segundos 90
  • RP Vintage Segundos 92
  • Rocky Selects Classic
  • Rocky Selects Originals
  • Rocky Selects Originals Maduro
  • RP X-Outs

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7 Responses to Manufacturer’s Spotlight – Rocky Patel

  1. Stephen P says:

    Great information. There are a lot of cigars on that list that I am into. Thanks for putting it together.

  2. cigarfan says:

    I think I’ve smoked about twenty of those blends, and that leaves what… forty I haven’t? Personally I’d like to see him focus on a few of these rather than spawning a new cigar every other week, but at least there’s no lack of variety here.

  3. Cigar Palace says:

    I’ve smoked only 3 of them and I guess quality here is real hit or miss. I would be better if focusing of few blends and develop it to reach the peak like padrons and the other big guys.

  4. Patrick says:

    Nice article! BTW, the 1961 has a Habano wrapper from Ecuador. The Renaissance has a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and yes, the 09′ Winter is similar except for the fact that the Penn. Broadleaf wrapper has just been aged longer. I also work for RP, so if there is any further info you would like just let me know. You can add one more to your list, for we are launching the RP 15th anniversary this summer (made in same factory as the 1961)!

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