The story of Rocky Patel and Rocky Patel Cigars is a story of “unrivaled persistence” and a perpetual quest for perfection.
Who is Rocky Patel?
Rocky Patel is not a third-generation or second-generation cigar maker. He is the first generation. Born in India, it was not until Rocky moved to LA and started his career as an Entertainment and Product Liability Lawyer that he was introduced to the cigar world. It did not take long until he was infatuated. Rocky become a founding member of the LA Grand Havana Club and eventually sold his practice to start Indian Tabac Cigar Company in the mid-1990s.
Surviving the Cigar Boom
The mid-1990s was not an ideal time to start a new cigar company. With new companies popping-up daily and established companies gaining more recognition, the niche was small. But, Rocky had something new in mind. Indian Tabac first gained recognition and notice at the 1996 RTDA by drawing in crowds with fresh ideas, bold packaging and fuller cigars—something that wasn’t done at this time.
Striving for Perfection
After solidifying themselves as a company that was here to stay, Rocky and his team turned their attention to perfection. Not one to sit at home, Rocky took to traveling coming up with new ideas during his 300 days a year on the road. After meeting and speaking with consumers and cigar lovers, he began to understand what people wanted.
Rocky turned to blending tobacco from different regions to make the perfect combination of quality, construction and consistency— at a cheaper price. At times, this meant scaling back production to focus on making fewer, but high quality cigars. After focusing, and a name change in 2003, Rocky’s hard work paid off with cigars that consistently score above a 90 in Cigar Aficionado. As Rocky says, “you expect more and you can get more.”
Rocky Patel Cigars Makes CA Top 25 List
Cigar Aficionado’s yearly Top 25 is the best of the best and the process of selecting the elite is cutthroat, making it one of the most exhaustive tests of cigars in existence. Only by removing all branding elements and through a blind taste test are the winners selected and crowned. Rocky Patel Cigar’s diligence of perfection shows as they grace this elite list not once, but multiple times.
#5 Rocky Patel Royale Toro (94 Score)
#18 Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Robusto (93 Score)
#8 Rocky Patel Fifty Robusto (93 Score)
#6 Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo (93 Score)
#19 Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro (92 Score)
#8 Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Torpedo (92 Score)
#15 Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo (92 Score)
#16 Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo (91 Score)
#22 Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto (90 Score)
Rocky Patel Cigar Brands
Today, Rocky Patel Cigars produce flavor while maintaining a clean and elegant balance. Brands include:
- Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary (New 2015Release)
- Special Reserve Sungrown Maduro (New 2015Release)
- H TABAQUERO Hamlet ParedesSuper Ligero (New 2015Release)
- Vintage 2003 Cameroon
- Vintage 1999 Connecticut
- Sun Grown
- Vintage 1992
- Private Cellar
- Edge Maduro
- Java Latte
- Prohibition—San Andreas
- Edge Corojo
- Java Mint
- Decade Cameroon
- Thunder by Nimish
- 15th Anniversary
- Its a Boy
- Prohibition—Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
- 1990 Vintage
- Edge Lite
- Nording 50th
- Xen by Nish Patel
- Edge Habano
- Edge Sumatra
- Edge Nicaragua
- Old World Reserve (Corojo and Maduro)
- 500 Homeruns
- Catch 22
- Its a Girl
- Edge Candela
- Java Maduro
The headquarters of Rocky Patel Cigars are based in Bonita Springs Florida while the cigars are produced at the Plascencia factory in El Paraíso, Honduras and the TAVISA factory in Nicaragua. Recently Rocky Patel has started growing his own tobacco in Nicaragua.
He also has the fashionable Burns Lounge in Naples, FL and produces popular accessories like cutters, lighters, ashtrays, and etc . In 2015 he launched a line of Briarwood Tobacco pipes based on his long standing association with Erik Nording.
Rocky’s persistence and strive for perfection over the years has paid off. With unwavering diligence and passion, Rocky has continued to make some of the best cigars in the industry.