#15 Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

It is now time to enter the Top 15 in the 2011 Cigar of the Year Countdown. For this epic encounter, we come to a cigar that uses one of the most difficult wrappers to work with in the industry.   This wrapper comes from Cameroon Africa.   This cigar comes from one of the industry’s most well-known personalities.

Coming in at #15 is the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon.  The Vintage. The Vintage 2003 Cameroon is the fourth in Rocky Patel’s popular Vintage series – joining the popular 1990 (Broadleaf wrapper), 1992 (Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper), and 1999 (Connecticut wrapper ) Vintage cigars in the series.

Cameroon wrapper provides a natural sweetness to a cigar, and the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon leverages this very well.   The Vintage 2003 Cameroon is not going to be the most complex cigar, but it will provide loads of flavor. It will be highlighted by caramel notes from start to finish – balanced against the natural flavors of the tobacco. The flavor profile is pretty consistent throughout the smoke. I also detected some secondary notes of coffee, pepper spice, and citrus along the way.  The construction of the cigar is outstanding – with a textbook perfect draw and razor-sharp burn.   The Vintage 2003 Cameroon is medium-strength balanced against medium to full-bodied flavors.

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Blend Profile

In addition to the Cameroon wrapper, the Vintage 2003 Cameroon features Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos:

Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan

Vitolas Available

There are five offerings for the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon. 

Robusto: 5 1/2 x 50
Toro: 6 1/2 x 52 
Torpedo: 6 1/4 x 52 
Churchill: 7 x 48 
Sixty: 6 x 60

Recommended Vitola: Toro