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Stogie Reviews: Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

12 Feb 2007

Time and again, whenever I have a special occasion to celebrate – like a birthday or a good friend coming to town – I break out something from Rocky’s Vintage 1992 line. Why? Because no matter how high my expectations get before the first light, I’m never disappointed.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo is a six and ¼ inch by 52 ring gauge slice of heaven. An unblemished, well-textured, ten-year-old Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper engulfs a binder and filler that have been accumulating flavor and character for seven years.

A fresh slice off the head provides the lucky smoker-to-be with a cross-section of cigar rolling mastery. Despite tightly packed tobaccos, the draw is clear and true.

After toasting the foot, I noticed rich earthy notes of oak and almond. Oddly, despite the easy draw, each tasty puff produced relatively small tufts of smoke.

The stogie doesn’t show its true colors, however, until the second third of the smoke. Here, the aforementioned wood and nut flavors mature into notes of dark roasted coffee beans.

It’s at this point that I usually have to audibly remind myself to smoke slower; I find the flavors so enticing that only taking one or two puffs per minute is like asking a child to be patient and not bite into a Tootsie Pop.

As far as physical properties are concerned, my many experiences with these stogies have uncovered no noticeable flaws. If you can’t get an even burn, a firm ash, or an effortless draw, you’re doing something wrong (and you might want to consult our Tips).

Clocking in at about $8.75 apiece, this is obviously no cheap stick. But considering the Vintage 1992 line’s complexity, full-bodied flavors (that hands-down outmatch the Vintage 1990 line), and aging, it’s still a great bargain.

So, keeping in mind the guidelines for StogieGuys.com’s unique ratings system, I’m wholeheartedly giving the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo five out of five stogies.

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Patrick A

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33 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo”

  1. Sam Monday, February 12, 2007 at 3:11 am #

    Couldn't agree more Patrick, although I prefer the 1990 to the 1992. This is definitely a five stogie cigar that must be smoked slowly in order to optimize the experience. If you look around auction sites, you can find these for around half the retail price. I've won 5 packs for 20-23 bucks. They make up the cornerstone of my humidor.

  2. Sanford Monday, February 12, 2007 at 4:23 am #

    I too agree that this cigar is worthy of your heralded "five out of five stogies" rating. Simply put, it's just an excellent smoke with a lot to offer.

    Nice pic, by the way.

  3. Padronnie Monday, February 12, 2007 at 4:34 am #

    Yes, I agree with those above, this is a good rating for a good cigar.

    By the Way, has anyone tried the RP Vintage 1999 line?

  4. Doug Monday, February 12, 2007 at 6:18 am #

    Great review I really like that cigar as well.

    There's not a lot that RP does that I don't like in fact.

    That guy knows his stogies.

    🙂

  5. George E Monday, February 12, 2007 at 6:42 am #

    Great review for a great cigar.

  6. James Day Monday, February 12, 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    I'm going to have to disagree with the five out of five rating. The RP is good, great even, but I don't see it being on par with the Siglo or Davidoff Grand Cru. Ratings, of course, are subjective but RP doesn't seem to be THAT mind-blowing that I would savory it on a special occassion. Is it better than over-priced sticks like the Fuente God of Fire? No doubt. I see this more has a strong four. Just my $0.02.

  7. Patrick A Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 4:33 am #

    James,

    Thanks for leaving your thoughts. I'm afraid I'll have to respectfully disagree, however. In my opinion, the Vintage 1992 line has a balance, flavor, and construction that can match almost any cigar.

    Anyways, I think we can all agree that this stick is great, even for the price.

  8. Jim Allyn Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 2:14 pm #

    These are amazing! Like the review says, you have to tell yourself to slowdown. The RP 1992 was reccommended to me so I tried one and fell in love – then I purchased a box. Excellente!!

    jja

  9. Mal Hopper Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 5:42 am #

    I recently had the opportunity to try all three RP Vintage cigars, '90, '92 and '99. The '92 was hands down the best of the three. Nothing wrong with the other two, however I really did enjoy the flavor and flavor variances of the '92 throughout the smoke. I am not an cigar guru and seldom recognize the subtle differences that other guys talk about. But the '92 is special.

  10. David Morales Monday, March 24, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    Great Info! Thank You !

  11. David Morales Monday, March 24, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    How does this compare to the Nicaraguan Puro?

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  14. Riccardo Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    has anyone tried the RP 1992 segundos

  15. Мурат Monday, April 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    Сравнительно недавно попал на Ваш блог, теперь каждое утро захожу посмотреть, не написали ли чего новенького. 🙂 К сожалению только Вы не каждый день свой блог обновляете 🙁

  16. Валентин Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Даа… Пока это у нас не сильно развито, так что придётся подождать.

  17. Dilan Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 3:15 am #

    In all honesty: I love my Rocky P's. For me it is the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Junior. The taste and the draw is great and they are not that expensive. Really good to enjoy myself.

  18. dave heaton Monday, February 8, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    friends present from sarasota florida are by far better than the imported cuban cigars which are bitter hot burning and harsh

    The delicious true flavours and aromas of the 92 by far excell the standard clasic Havana.

  19. Alessandra Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I had one of these a few nights ago. The flavors seemed to be bursting at the seams. Yes, I had to tell myself to slow down. Yum!

  20. paul Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    I also think this is a great stick. I'm pretty fond of all things Patel. I've yet to have a cigar from him that I didn't like. The thing about Rocky's cigars that I like the most is the construction and the draw. Every time I light up a Patel I know that cigar will draw like a dream and will burn flawlessly. Everytime !

  21. justim Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Maybe it's my newbie pallet but I really wasn't that crazy about these. Sure they are pretty good, but not great. My siglo IV, oliva v's, ermd CS IMHO all walk circles around this cigar. Would I smoke again sure, but wouldn't buy a box. Just goes to show everyone has different tastes!

  22. Mike Reed Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Has anyone tried these recently (2014)? Has RP maintained the quality for this line?

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