Agile Cigar Reviews replace what we termed “Assessment Updates”. The concept is the same, but the name is different. Agile Cigar Reviews use a lightweight, shorter format. These will never take the place of our comprehensive reviews. They are only used on blends we have previously assessed. This might be a blend we are re-scoring or providing a score for a first time. It might be a blend we are looking at in a different size. Today we look at the Rocky Patel Premium Cigars’ Bold by Nish Patel in the Robusto size. This is a cigar we previously did an assessment in the Toro size back in November, 2013.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: San Andres Mexican, Connecticut (Double Binder)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tavicusa)
Robusto: 5 1/2 x 50
The Bold by Nish Patel is the second namesake cigar for Rocky Patel’s brother Nish, who has been playing in increased role in the operations of the company. In 2011, Nish released his first namesake cigar, Xen by Nish Patel. The Bold is being branded under the “Patel Family” brand – along with Nimmy D, the second namesake cigar of the Patel Brothers’ cousin, Nimish Desai (following up 2011’s Thunder by Nimish).
Made at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars’ TAVICUSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Bold consists of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a double binder from San Andres, Mexico and Connecticut and Nicaraguan filler. The Bold is currently available in 21 count boxes in four sizes. Today we take a closer look at the Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) offering.
The Bold starts out with a mix of espresso, chocolate, and white pepper notes. There is also a slight black cherry note. Throughout the first half, the cherry increases and fuses very nicely with the chocolate note. By the second half, the sweetness decreases and the flavor profile takes on more of an earthy, espresso, profile. Toward the end, there is also an increase in the pepper spice.
As for the “bold” factor, it is certainly there as this cigar delivers full-bodied flavors countered by medium to full strength.
I’m not sure if it is the Robusto size, some additional age on this cigar, or a combination of both factors, but lately I have enjoyed the Bold by Nish Patel in the Robusto size. I found the flavors better developed and smoother – and it seemed to bring out the “boldness” of this cigar. This is definitely a cigar I would recommend and it’s worthy of a box split.
Strength: Medium to Full
Assessment: 3.5 – Box Split