Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 is made from tobacco originally for use in Astral cigars. Astral was considered the next Monte Cristo. U.S Cigar stocked bales of wrapper leaf which never made it to market. A 1990 Honduran broadleaf and a 1992 Ecuadorian Sumatra were aging quietly when Rocky Patel snatched them up to eventually be utilized in the Rocky Patel Vintage Series.
The Rocky Patel 1990 Petit Corona is highlighted by a 12-year-old Honduran Maduro Broadleaf wrapper encasing a blend of 7 year aged ripe Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. The double band of maroon and gold makes this a classic looking cigar.
The aging process Rocky employs produces a smooth, mild to medium bodied smoke with complex rich flavors. The delicious dark, oily Maduro wrapper has aromas of cocoa and pepper. Dominant flavors of espresso and cedar, with hints of citrus and leather, fulfill the palate.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Petite Corona would make an excellent morning cigar or paired with your favorite bourbon or port.
A Vintage port is beautifully complex with low volume. To match a vintage port one needs a very high-quality cigar that has been aged a long time. Like a good cigar, as most vintage ports get older, more complexity develops with less volume remaining.
Fonseca 1997 Vintage Port is elegant and complex with rich fruit and big tannins and a long finish. There are fresh berry aromas with hints of tobacco, cedar, wood and spice. I cannot think of a better pairing.