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Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon


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A new decade of Rocky Patel Vintage cigars.

Rocky Patel's Vintage Series is his bread and butter. They're the cigars that put him on the map years ago. And even today, they continue to wow customers - new and old alike. There's a reason why these heralded handmades have scored so highly, on so many occasions - with ratings reaching as high as 93-points. Because, well, the cigars are simply exceptional. 

And now, the Rocky Patel Vintage cigar saga continues. This round features a dark and oily 8-year-aged Cameroon wrapper overtop a robust blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers that are equally well-aged. Flawlessly constructed, this medium to full-bodied handmade delivers a serious array of flavor including notes of cedar, black pepper, coffee, and a caramel-like sweetness on the finish. It's got some oomph, it definitely has plenty of flavor, and it's smooth and well-balanced too. Yet another feather in RP's now-overloaded cap.

Rocky Patel Vintage '03 Cameroon received a well-deserved 92-rating, earning a spot in the Top 25 Cigars of 2017. The reviews noted, "Its melange of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos serve to showcase and exalt the rare wrapper, which is delightfully sweet-and-sour in character."

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Profile
Shape
Petite Corona
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Sweet
False
'03 Cameroon Juniors (Petite Corona) (4.0"x38)
Pack of 50
Only 3 Left
$196.90
| save $19.91 10% off
$176.99
Profile
Shape
Petite Corona
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Petite Corona
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Sweet
False
'03 Cameroon Juniors (Petite Corona) (4.0"x38)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$19.69
| save $1.19 6% off
$18.50
Profile
Shape
Petite Corona
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Box of 20
In Stock
$217.40
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$195.99
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$54.35
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$51.50
Profile
Shape
Churchill
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Robusto (5.5"x50)
Box of 20
In Stock
$205.80
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$184.99
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Robusto (5.5"x50)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$51.45
| save $2.45
$49.00
Profile
Shape
Robusto
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Sixty (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Box of 20
In Stock
$253.00
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$227.99
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Sixty (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Pack of 5
Only 4 Left
$63.25
| save $3.25 5% off
$60.00
Profile
Shape
Gordo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Toro (6.5"x52)
Box of 20
In Stock
$217.40
| save $21.41 10% off
$195.99
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Toro (6.5"x52)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$54.35
| save $2.85 5% off
$51.50
Profile
Shape
Toro
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Torpedo (6.2"x52)
Box of 20
In Stock
$223.60
| save $22.61 10% off
$200.99
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
Torpedo (6.2"x52)
Pack of 5
In Stock
$55.90
| save $2.90 5% off
$53.00
Profile
Shape
Torpedo
Wrapper
Cameroon
Origin
Honduras
Flavored
False
Pressed
False
Has Tip
No
Filler
Dominican,  Nicaraguan
Sweet
False
overall rating 4.52 out of 5 Based on 29 Ratings
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4 out of 5
I love these cigars, but due to their small size they do smoke hotter and stronger than their big brothers.
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5 out of 5
Love them ordered 130 on sell great smoke
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5 out of 5
I love these cigars. Very rich in flavor. One of Rocky Patel's best in my opinion.
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5 out of 5
Great stick!
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Love the taste. Always well constructed with a consistent burn. One of my favorite Rocky Patels.
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Joe

A Safari of Complexity

Joe

2003 — a momentous year for cigars. You see, fifteen short years ago is when the Five Hour Energy shot was first introduced to the market, and after becoming incredibly wired and going on a two week buying bender, the team at Cigars International began mutating into the deal-driven, price-slashing monsters we are today. Wait, wait, my editors tell me that’s not quite right. Ah, yes, in addition to our productivity increasing tenfold thanks to taurine-filled capsules of goodness filling our trashcans, 2003 is also the year that Rocky Patel began putting his name on cigars. 

Think on that for a minute. Sure, Rocky was making cigars in the 90’s, but it’s just fifteen years back that the man we all know now began his path towards household recognition. Today? Rocky Patel is basically the most recognizable cigar manufacturer on the planet, bordering on rockstar status. Indeed, I’ve witnessed grown men swoon upon mere sight of Rocky at our retail stores, like teenaged girls at a Backstreet Boys concert. And for good reason! Producing dozens upon dozens of blends, Rocky is inarguably in the top three most successful, prolific, and important cigar makers working right now.

That long lead in brings me to my review cigar today: the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon. Phew! Only took me 200 words to get to the name of the cigar today – how’s that for short and sweet? Indeed, while my introduction might be overblown, let me assure you the hype for this blend is not. After sampling nearly every RP on the market (a task that would take you about seven months to achieve, if you tried one a day), the ’03 Cameroon remains my favorite Rocky to date. 

So what’s the big deal? Let me assure you: it’s no secret sauce, ancient Chinese secret, or treasured, proprietary fermentation process. Nope. It’s just age and quality. You see, each Vintage ’03 features an absolutely stunning African Cameroon wrapper leaf, aged a minimum of eight years. I don’t want to get too “inside baseball,” but I do want to impress upon you how difficult it is to find quality African Cameroon leaf. 

Here’s the quick facts. If you don’t care about this cigar “nerd”dom and want to get to the good stuff, skip the list: 

1.) Authentic Cameroon leaf is smaller than most of the other tobaccos on the market, meaning, quite simply, there’s less tobacco to work with.
2.) Its a toothy, veiny leaf. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, but cigar consumers demand a certain look to their wrappers, and it can be difficult to find Cameroon that works for it.
3.) The leaf is delicate and thin, almost like Candela, which demands that only the most skilled rollers craft the cigars.
4.) Finally, Cameroon leaf takes longer to ferment and age properly, so it requires a longer time (and therefore money) investment from manufacturers. 

To make a long story short? It’s impressive, requires dedication, and is rather rare. Combine the Cameroon with a Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, and you’ve got the beauty at hand today. Toasting this one up, you’re going to get a nice amount of rich, almost syrupy sweetness (that’s the Cameroon). As you progress, soft spice gets added to the mix, but not too much. If anything, the cigar starts to veer more towards a smooth, coffee-driven profile than a peppery one. As for the construction, I couldn’t ask for better. The ash holds on well, not flaking off, and the draw is flawless. Basically, exactly what you’d expect from an RP blend. 


By now, this review’s gone on long enough. So let me give you my final thoughts. Vintage ’03 Cameroon is not only an amazing Rocky Patel cigar, it’s one of the best Cameroon offerings on the market. If you’ve never tried it, do yourself a favor and pick some up: the unique blend will expand your cigar knowledge and let you try something new. Just don’t blame me once you get the craving for some more Cameroon in the future — finding a better cigar than this is gonna be tough.