Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper:Corojo
Origin:Nicaragua
Shapes:ChurchillDouble CoronaRobustoTorpedo
Brand:Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel R4

Oh yes.

The latest bait to emerge from Rocky Patel’s deep bench of blends is the ‘R4’. Set to be released nationwide, I pulled a crafty move and stuck my prodigious snout in the trough, buying his entire production. Still, I have a chunky allotment of these sticks resting in the fabled CI humidor even as I write this prize-winning bit of literary gold you see before you.

The Rocky Patel ‘R4’ cigar is draped by a thick and toothy Corojo leaf and blended with aged long-leaf tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua, resulting in a delicious medium-bodied smoke....it's earthy, rich, nutty, and buttery smooth, Rocky Patel R4 will no doubt set up shop as a permanent resident in your humidor. I’ve slashed the prices on all sizes - up to 54%! RP's tasty ‘R4’ can be yours for as low as two bucks and change. The youngster in the office across from mine may have said it best: "Whoa dude, this might be the deal of the year."
  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Strength: Medium-Full
Shapes:Double Corona
Wrapper:Corojo
Origin:Nicaragua
Filler:Honduran, Nicaraguan
Double Corona Corojo (7.5"x52) 20 CIGARS In Stock$120.00$54.95
Strength: Medium-Full
Shapes:Robusto
Wrapper:Corojo
Origin:Nicaragua
Filler:Honduran, Nicaraguan
Robusto Corojo (5.0"x50) 20 CIGARS In Stock$80.00$43.95
Strength: Medium-Full
Shapes:Churchill
Wrapper:Corojo
Origin:Nicaragua
Filler:Honduran, Nicaraguan
Toro Corojo (Churchill) (6.0"x52) 20 CIGARS In Stock$100.00$49.95
Strength: Medium-Full
Shapes:Torpedo
Wrapper:Corojo
Origin:Nicaragua
Filler:Honduran, Nicaraguan
Torpedo Corojo (6.0"x52) 20 CIGARS In Stock$120.00$54.95
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Customer Reviews of “Rocky Patel R4”
“Christmas came early for me this year as my bundle of R4 Torpedos showed up on Christmas Eve. At first glimpse you notice a really nicely constructed smoke. Heavy is weight and firm to the touch. The Maduro wrappers are excellent hardly any imperfections. I like the short torpedo tip, it reminds me of a Mini Belicoso, not too long or pointy. Upon lighting the taste is a bit peppery but not hot or too spicy just enough to remind you that you are smoking a cigar. The pepper slowly faded and gave way to leather and a bit of chocolate. Once reaching the last 3 inches the pepper miraculously came back (again to remind you that you are smoking) and continued to build until the finish. I like my cigars to finish a bit spicy since my palate has become immune to the flavors after 90 minutes of smoke. And oh yes thats how long it took to smoke. The draw was typical Rocky, not too tight but not to loose, just right. The burn was great just a slight boating but easily fixed with a twist or two. I only ashed once on this thing so the build is nice, great peppery ash. Overall a good smoke and if you factor in the cost a great smoke. This is no Olde World but for this price you cant beat it. This will probably be a regular in my box along with my RP Sun Growns and my CI Legends Rocky's.”
SV of paso Robles, CA
“For anyone who's a big RP fan, this cigar has it all: Excellent RP quality, a prefect draw, volumes of rich, satisfying smoke, and a price that lets it take up residence in your humidor as a go-to smoke. With the RP R4, Rocky has created another big winner. Don't miss out. Savor his victory for yourself!”
WB of Winston-Salem, NC
“My friend and I split a 25 mazo of the maduro torpedo beauty (Rocky Patel R4). I received the package at my place and once it arrived I tore open the package to take my first sniff of this beauty. I stacked my humi minus one. That smoke was accompanying me to the Yanks/Orioles game. I couldn't be a bit more happy lighting this puppy up. Right off the bat, the hint of peppery goodness filled my palette followed by some creamy earthy insanity. An enjoyable smoke all around. This smoke is consistent and awesome right to the end. To me the Edge is the epitomy of cigars and the R4 is right up there as Edge's little brother. I don't feel it is as complex as the Edge, but serves as a great alternative. Rocky continues to amaze me and will definetly make this smoke part of my regulars.”
RD of Totowa, NJ
“Rocky patel r4 is a awesome smoke very nice and smooth.”
DG of Easton, PA
“Sitting in the desert with no humidor, there is not an option to let your smokes age. Hesitated to get these (7" Double Corona Corojo) but an RP for the price couldn't be passed up. Took a couple weeks to burn through them all, had to use a field-expedient (zip-lock) humidor but these maintained their RP quality down to the last stick - did not have any draw problems from the changing temp/humidity like I have had with other brands (Graycliff being the worst). Durability in a combat zone is definitely a plus. After MRE's there is no 'palette' left to distinguish pepper from cedar from... but great taste is great taste, the tremendous amounts of smoke kept the wonderful aroma lingering. And BZ's to the CI Staff - no extra shipping costs to APO adresses, smokes arriving in a week or less, still fresh and smokable from the day they show up in mail-call, outstanding customer service at all times!!! You have a customer for life!”
SB of APO, AE
“Peppery....earthy.....creamy....sweet, "TORO MADURO" (Rocky Patel R4), R.P. has done it again. At this price you had better stock up guys, they wont last long.”
VB of San Francisco, CA
“R4 ARE AWESOME!!!! CAN'T PUT IT DOWN.MY NEW CIGAR.”
DD of Marysville, OH
“The (Rocky Patel R4) in the corojo wrapper in a very tasty, well made cigar. I have smoked my way through about a dozen of them and they have been a real treat. These are typical Rocky cigars in that they are well made, rock hard, draw well, burn evenly, and have some real good flavor. The first couple of puffs give me some serious nose tingle and a huge blast of spicy flavors. After the first inch or so, it settles down into a very flavorful medium plus bodied cigar that continues to develop a nice depth of flavor as I smoke it. This R4 also has a touch of the Rocky Corojo Twang going on, which for me, is a good thing. I'm glad I decided to get a few bundles. CI's pricing on these is great too. Cheers”
JW of Chicago, IL
“This is a great cigar (Rocky Patel R4) considering the sub-$3 price. Frankly the construction and appearance is right up there with Rocky's best. I smoked one on the day of delivery and it was exactly what I was looking for. Perfect draw and perfect burn in a cigar that's just a little milder than my other Rocky favorites. Flavor is mild to medium, a perfect 'step up' for someone who typically smokes mild cigars. Nice job Rocky!”
CK of Fayetteville, GA
“I picked up a single of the Maduro Robusto of the R4 at the Bethlehem store this weekend. I figured I'd give it a try! It seems like Rocky is producing ALMOST as many blends as Gurkha these days, although Rocky's are far less confusing. At any rate, the R4 is a really nice cigar. I'd describe it as 'thick.' Not in ring size (I think this is a 50), but flavor. The oily dark maduro wrapper reminds me of being dipped in molasses and retains a pleasant deep sweetness. The fillers have a very full aroma and slight nose spice. The flavors are full of licorice and leather...plenty of body here. The smoke burns with a cool blue hue. And what I like most...it's solidly rolled. You know that feeling when you pick up a La Gloria Serie R and the thing feels like it's made out of stone? But draws like a dream? That's the R4. Who needs the fancy box? It's a great cigar for the money if you like a lot of flavor in a small package.”
JC of Princeton, NJ
“Just smoked my first two (Rocky Patel R4) cigars and enjoyed them alot. They have a nice spice-wood-leather flavor that lasts throughout the entire cigar. Burns well and has a smooth draw for a very good smoke. you'd be a fool to pass up the great deal CI has on these beauties, grab some and enjoy these Rocky R4 cigars. I sure am.”
JV of Long Island, NY
“About what I've come to expect from Rocky Patel: plenty of flavour, about medium in strength excellent burn and draw. This cigar could easily become a favorite. It's beautifully made and very pleasant to smoke.”
MC of MLeesburg, VA
“I've been curious about these ever since they were introduced, and finally pulled the trigger on a bundle. I'm mainly a maduro kind of guy, but like a spicey corojo change up once in a while. That's just the flavor profile this cigar has, slightly spicey sweet, and it gets a little creamy about half way there. It's very well constructed, tightly rolled, and the burn is usually perfect. Well worth the price, I will always have some of these in my humi, I am partial to the torpedo, which takes my well over an hour to burn.”
WS of Marion, NC
“The R4 opened up with a smooth peppery flavor. Very consistent and it is as smooth as they say! For a corojo leaf, this blend has got to be in Rocky's top 5 of all time. Recommend the smaller length for all you amatuers out there :) The flavor lingers well after the smoke is done! Oh what a feeling!”
TJ of BLathrop, CA
“I usually let my sticks sit for several months in the humidor before smoking them. For some reason I picked one out after only 1 day in the box. Clean, smooth, medium bodied smoke... beautiful construction. It could become one of my favorites. I think Rocky Patel has another winner in the R4 maduro. It pleased me almost as much as the first 92 vintage I encountered.”
RJ of Tucson, AZ
“MY 5 HUMIDORS ARE FULL OF A VARIETY OF EXCELLENT SMOKES. BUT ONE OF THEM IS STOCKED IN QUANTITY WITH R-4'S. (Rocky Patel R4) THE SONG BY "FOREIGNER" CALLED "SEARCHING" REMINDS ME OF THIS SMOKE BY INSTEAD OF "A GIRL" IT'S A CIGAR. THIS IS MY GO TO CIGAR INCLUDING SPECIAL OCCASIONS ALONG WITH MY LGC'S AND COHIBA'S AND THE HANDFULL OF SUPER PREMIUMS I STOCK A FEW OF THIS AND THAT. BUT THE R-4 IS AS GOOD A TASTING, BURNING, CONSTRUCTION-WISE, ETC AS THE SO-CALLED BEST OF THEM. I'M JUST NOT A CIGAR SNOB SO THIS SMOKE STANDS RIGHT UP THERE WITH PUROS AT 3-4 TIMES THE COST. THE MADURO TORPEDO LIGHTS EASILY AND EVENLY. AS IT BURNS IT BECOMES SCRUMPTIOUSLY OILY BUT NEVER LOOSES ITS WELL CONSTRUCTED FEEL. IT MAKES LOTS OF SMOKE EVEN WITH A SLOW BURN AND I SMOKE IT CONFIDENTLY ALL THE WAY DOWN UNTIL MY FINGERS BURN. WHAT MORE CAN I SAY OTHER THAN IF YOU CAN FIND A BETTER ALL AROUND SMOKE, NOT JUST "FOR THE MONEY" THAN THE R-4 PLEASE CONTACT ME OR POST IT SOMEWHERE BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS.”
MS of Bradenton, FL
“HEY NOW, received my Rocky Patel R4 MADURO Toro 25 CIGARS. Man what a GREAT smoke, I left them in my humidor for week, broke one of these BAD BOY'S out today and they are really good smoke. Mild, smooth and flavorful, order some kick back an enjoy. I'LL BE BACK ... FOR MORE !”
NZ of Mar Vista, CA
“I bought the Corojo mazo (Rocky Patel R4) as it was offered to me at the end of my checkout on CI's site. It seemed cheap for Patel's, but I've never been disappointed by Rocky... so I shot for it. I smoked one when I got the package, and set the rest in the humidor to age. Even fresh out of the pack, what a pleasant surprise! The ash was a unique and beautiful chalky white. Every draw was perfect and the burn was great. This is the best Rocky Patel bang for your buck! A great everyday smoke and good enough to give to friends you don't want to disappoint.”
JL of Dayton, OH
“Bought a five pack of R4s(corojo) at the new store on a recommendation from sales person. Give the guy a raise. I bough the Robusto as I am looking for a quick smoke. This was anything but quick.Great draw exquisite flavor,a little peppery but mostly nutty and smooth. I have tried most of Rocky,s blends and this will become one of my favorites and at the price per stick,a no brainer.Once again CI and Rocky have done it,really great smoke at a reasonable price. Keep up the good work CI, I will be back to order some of these R4s in the Torpedo”
JS of Albrightsville, PA
“All i can say is perfection (Rocky Patel R4) i got the double corona corojos the draw was almost effortless started off witha burst of slight pepper followed the first drag with a nutty creamy taste that filled your palate taste stayed very consistant all the way through of a nutty earthy creamy taste left a smooth peppery aftertaste on the touge that was just enough to let you know it was there but not enough to over power draw was PERFECT hardly any effort to smoking this bad boy, lasted me 45 minutes 10 minutes later i still have the perfect peppery taste on my tounge, I WOULDNT WANT TO GET RID OF IT this cigar is amazing and a great price GREAT PRICE FOR A GREAT SMOKE!!!”
KN of Waterford, MI
“I just pulled out a Rockey Patel R4 MAD Torpedo from my humidor over the weekend and what a smoke. Lots of flavorful smoke and taste. I would highly erecommend it. Not for the amateur.”
JR of Plantation, FL
“Not as smooth a draw as I'm use to from rocky but the flavor is great (Rocky Patel R4).This is a good everyday smoke”
BL of New Baden, IL
“I love the R4 corojo, but two years ago when you guys introduced the line there was also a maduro version. Any chance that one will be making its way back to the shelf, hands down one of the best cigars I have ever smoked.”
BS of Arlington, MA
“Just received my bundle yesterday (Rocky Patel R4). WOW! What a smoke. Smoked it until it nearly burned my fingers. As one other person commented, these are a bit strong for the beginner”
CJ of Foresthill, CA
“Rockey Patel R4 MAD........ Mr. Patel, you have my attention. I love RP's cigars in general, but this beauty is one for the ages. Lush smoke, deep rich chocolaty goodness, a lovely burn.... A cigar to relax with. I think this is my La-Z-Boy cigar....”
SL of Watauga, TX
“man is this a tasty stick!great draw,sweet taste on the prelight draw the foot toasted nicely and produced a great aroma.first in.is smooth and buttery with a light pepper taste on the finish which is kinda short and so is the smoke time.i nubbed the torpedo in 45 or so min. all in all great value and even better flavor.”
CB of cat square, NC
“(Rocky Patel R4) well done! i cant stop smoking his cigars and the R4 doesnt let done. its perfect wrapper with the mellow spice and rich flavor is great. at the price this smoke can be enjoyed everyday. the burn and draw are perfect after speed smoking my first five of these bad boys i cant wait for my next one. smoke them smoke them smoke them. all of you people out there in cigar land come down to new orleans and bring my city back. call me up and we will smoke together. rock on cigar international your the best”
DR of New Orleans, LA
“Very nice smoke for those who are more inclined to a mild to medium cigar. If you enjoy, the Rocky Patel Lites, LEC's, Sancho Panzas, Perdoma Champagnes or Nubs than give this cigar a try, it will well worth the effort.”
KG of Acton, ME
“I had to weigh in on these smokes. On a whim I bought these as an early father’s day present. I had been handing over some of my full bodied cigars to dad only to later hear him request something on the milder side. We both found the R4 a pleasure to smoke. Since he’s a man of few words any cigar he finds satisfactory speaks volumes. My tastes, leaning more towards medium to full, found this one as flavorful as any stick in my humidor. Construction, draw and taste far exceed the status you would ascribe to such an economical price point.”
LH of Marysville, CA
“Don't let the lower price fool you! These are great cigars. For those of you that take your "aging" so seriously, I yanked one of these bad boys from the box the minute I received my shipment and blazed it up. Perfect burn throughout with consistent taste. This one is a keeper! Imagine how good they'll get with some aging! Solid 90 in my book. Do yourself a favor and buy twice as much of these instead of the more expensive RP's and as my Daddy always said,"smoke up Johnny!"”
JV of Irvine, CA
“If you want a great everyday smoke that's reasonably priced and much better than those cheapie everyday smokes, Rocky Patel's R4 is THE cigar. I picked up some corojos and of course had to smoke one after a few minutes of organizing my humi. Great draw, excellent nutty taste, hint of spice (pepper or ginger?), well rolled. Rocky Patel's line of cigars never disappoint. His new R4 is an excellent addition to his lineup. Kudos CI, thanks for "stealing" these from Mr. Patel! I'll add the R4 to my "favorites" list.”
GR of Sterling, VA
“I got an R4 as part of pack with a herf-a-dor buy. Boy what a great cigar! Just smoked it today (my 54th birthday) - great from light to finish. Smooth, great draw, easy tasting - no aftertaste or bite. Taste autumn leaves - draws saliva to the mouth like a roux cooking.”
DC of Brusly, LA
“The Patel r4 is a decent smoke for the price point. However the construction leaves a bit to be desired I have had multiple cigars with poor wrappers. In my opinion the vintage seconds are head and shoulders above for a small fee more.”
NC of Detroit, MI
“Rocky does it again!!! This is an excellent cigar!!!! CI does it again !!! This is an excellent price !!!! Trust me, Rocky, and CI, this is a winner!!!”
JA of Shoreacres, TX
“This was the first time I tried Rocky Patel cigars they are excellent.I couldn't believe a cigar this good could be found at this price. I will definately be ordering more,way to go Rocky!”
EF of West Haven, CT
“This is the first time I have ever smoked a Rocky Patel Cigar... It's needless to say that I will be going back for more once this bundle is gone. Awesome draw, with a smooth mild-medium flavor that is consistant all the way to the last inch and a half.”
BK of Mesa, AZ
“Forget about deal of the year! This is the Deal of the Century! Anytime you can get a smoke this good for less than 3 bucks a stick it's nothin' short of cigar heaven!Rocky is the man!”
BL of Philadelphia, PA
“I'm pretty much a cigar newbee, cigarette smoker 32 years. Cigars like this one will easily make me forget all about cigarettes! This big ole double corona lasted nearly an hour and a half. Lit it up, smooth, tasty cigar right from the start. Right down to the finish, it never got harsh, and kept good flavor. The one I smoked had one drawback, the outer leaf of the wrapper unravelled pretty bad, but once I tore that away, I much enjoyed this cigar. Definately one for a long period of relaxation in the evening. I WILL buy again!”
RG of Covington, KY
“If you like the Edge (my personal fav) you will like these. Last couple of draws a little tight but might be my humi is a little humid. Will adjust and look forward to smokin this one again.”
SR of Reno, NV
“Perhaps I had a Dud, but I just finished a R4 Torpedo and I found it hard to draw. The first inch of the ash curled out (like an exploding cigar as seen in the movies). After 2 inches, the ash was nearly normal but has a brownish hue in the center of the ash. The Cigar started to get really mushy which actually helped out the draw. It was still enjoyable, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue. This not my first R4, but it it is my first Torpedo R4. This is the first time I have had this issue with any of my sticks and my Humi is well aged. I bought this R4 in a sample pack, so I don't have another one for comparison.”
CC of Palo Alto, CA
“I bought some R4s for the first time a couple of weeks ago....I'm hoping they improve with some time in the humi... While the construction seems decent...the ash splits and turns out and the draw is inconsistent...so far, I would have to say they are a "yard-gar" at best.”
JP of INDIANAPOLIS, IN
“A decent cigar, but not too interesting. I bought the double coronas on special. They burn and draw just fine, but I don't see anything so special about the taste.”
MS of SOMERVILLE, NJ
“The R4 in Robusto is a pretty good smoke for the price. I usually let cheap sticks age for at least 4 weeks at 65% to 68% RH before lighting them up. The draw was a little snug on the 1st one of 2 that I have. The flavors started out with a slightly sweet tobacco with a pepper taste without the spice. The 2nd third the sweet tobacco gave way to an earthy leather taste. Finally the last 3rd welcomes and slight creaminess (texture not taste) to the earth and leather. Throughout the entire stick no touch ups were needed that lasted about an hour. These guys are worthy of making room for in my humi.”
BC of FALL RIVER, MA
“I'm a Rocky Patel fan, so I love them. They are easy on the wallet, too.”
DB of Weatherford, TX
“This is a must have in my humidor at all times.”
JH of Columbia, TN
“My favorite cigar is Arturo Fuente Double Chateaus with a maduro wrapper but at $5 a cigar. Could I find one almost as good but for $3 a cigar? Yep. This one: Rocky Patel R4 Coroho. I enjoy this cigar and love the price. Thanks Cigar International!”
JB of New Orleans, LA

Rocky Patel R4

Posted by Gonz

I love cigars and I love cigars that have intriguing names - they get me so much more excited before I smoke them for the first time - 5 Vegas (of course), La Vieja Habana, CAO Black, Free Cuba, etc.  They create a drama into what I might be smoking and the flavor begins to embody that name.  When I think of 5 Vegas Series 'A', I can almost taste that rich maduro flavor and strength of body that'll set me back on my heels.  I've been struggling with this one though lately, R4.  Luckily it has the Rocky Patel qualifier, otherwise it wouldn't mean anything to me.  So generic, so uninviting, so...so...so boring.

Took me awhile to pick one up until a few of my faithful readers (Keven and JB) said "Dude, you gotta try the R4, it's got Gonz written all over it."  Ayyt, I'll give it the old college try.  First, and most importantly, it passes the Gonz cheapskate test - $2.40 per stick - excellent.  With the exception of the RP Vintage Seconds, tough to find an economical one in the Rocky Patel line.  So that's nice.  Finally, the darn thing looks nice enough to be smoked - no odd shapes or sizes.  I chewed on the Corojo for a few days before finally lighting it up.  Firm and solid with a nice toothy Corojo wrapper.

 

Starts off mild with no corosive flavor, it fills the palate nicely from the get-go, and the firm roll doesn't allow any annoying cheap lighter fumes through (only the best for Gonz of course).   The next 4 inches smoke exactly like the first inch, a mild unintimidating finish but enough "wow, that's nice" to keep you puffing for more.  I get a lot of cedar from this cigar, mild-to-medium, and chomp-able all day, it stays firm down to the last 2 inches.  The ash is a bit flakey and annoying here at the desk, but the flavor makes it worth it.  I never thought I'd say this, but there's a ginger-y spice (Ginger Spice, wasn't that one of the Spice Girls?) that I get in the aroma of the smoke.  It disappears quickly, but makes my office smell rather nice.

So, after a few 4-5 browbeatings on this cigar, I give it a solid Gonz recommendation.  For the price it's a homerun, for more than an everyday, I'd tend to something a bit stronger.  But while I'm working furiously on the table saw in the garage trying to finish off my basement, it's perfect.  Yum.  I just wish it had a better name, so maybe I'll just call it the Renegade 4 or something.  Yeah, that's better.  RP Renegade 4, I'm sure that'll make it sell better!

Light'em up,

- Gonz