“The Mareva is a great size and when it came to the Rocky Patel CSWC, it worked quite well with the blend that was delivered.”


Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. (TAVICUSA)
Mareva: 5 1/8 x 42
Price: $8.76

Sponsor: No
Samples Provided for Initial Review: No
Review: Rocky Patel Cigar Smoking World Championship Mareva (8/21/20)
Appearances on Countdown (By Year/Company): 5 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2020)

Coming in at #25 is the Rocky Patel Cigar Smoking World Championship Mareva. The Cigar Smoking World Championship is a competition that involves who can smoke a cigar for the longest time without re-lighting. It’s a competition that stems from a series of worldwide qualifying tournaments, with qualifiers going into a final competition that is usually held in late August in Croatia. At the start of 2020, word came that Rocky Patel Premium Cigars would be supplying the official cigar for the championships. For this occasion, a blend was developed from the ground up and it would be branded the Rocky Patel Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC) cigar.

Produced at Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Rocky Patel CSWC consists of a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran factories. The Cigar Smoking World Championship tournament uses a 5 1/8 x 42 Mareva size, and that is the size that is included in the line. It’s also the cigar that lands on our countdown.

The Rocky Patel CSWC includes notes of espresso, cocoa, cedar, earth, fruit, and red pepper. The flavors are medium to full-bodied combined with medium strength.

It marks the first time in five years that Rocky Patel Premium Cigars has landed on the Countdown. Since the inception of the Countdown, the company has landed on the Countdown five times.


For details of the 2020 Cigar of the Year Countdown, see our 2020 criteria.

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