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Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon


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."

Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Box of 20 In Stock $202.00
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$180.99
Churchill (7.0"x48)
Pack of 5 Only 5 Left $48.00
Robusto (5.5"x50)
Box of 20 In Stock $191.00
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$170.99
Robusto (5.5"x50)
Pack of 5 In Stock $47.75
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$45.00
Sixty (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Box of 20 In Stock $235.00
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$210.99
Sixty (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Pack of 5 In Stock $55.50
Toro (6.5"x52)
Box of 20 In Stock $202.00
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$180.99
Toro (6.5"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $48.00
Torpedo (6.2"x52)
Box of 20 In Stock $208.00
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$186.99
Torpedo (6.2"x52)
Pack of 5 In Stock $49.50
Overall Rating 4.55 out of 5 Based on 29 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon”

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3 out of 5
Nice Smoke
Cameroon wrappers have been my favorites for years, so I was excited try this offering from Rocky Patel. Very well constructed. Slightly sweet, and quite spicy.
4 out of 5
Good cigar
Good cigar! Very kind lasting with a good flavor
5 out of 5
One of the Best!
This is not your every day smoke. This cigar is to be savored and enjoyed. From the moment it is lit until it burns your finger it is smooth consistantly and flavorful. A home run!
5 out of 5
A Rare Cameroon
The Vintage 2003 is one of the few full-body cigars with a Cameroon wrapper. The sweetness imparted by Cameroon wrappers is usually relegated to milder cigars. The wrapper adds its sweetness to the complexity of this full-body cigar.
5 out of 5
Great cigar
Great cigar
1 out of 5
Poor Quality
Extremely disappointed, I ordered these to share on Fathers Day. #1. The skin outer wrapper is cracking. #2. The draw is hard probably caused by the outer wrapper cracking. #3. The burn was absolutely horrendous again probably due to the nature of the outer wrap. #4. Not smooth have a burning taste. I will not be sharing these with friends, I might drop off at the homeless shelter. Will try to get in a rush order of something else for Fathers Day.
5 out of 5
RP strikes again...
I bought a box for son-in-law and thank the Lord I kept some. What a wonderful smoke. Great tasting, good even burn and delicious down to a very short nub.
5 out of 5
One Awesome Cigar
Man I love Rocky Patel Cigars. The Edge has been one of my favorites for many years. I've also tried other RP Blends and this one stands up to all of them. A true Gem! I'm 2 cigars into a Robusto 5-pack. I knew before I lit the 1st one I would not be disappointed & I wasn't. Smooth, flavorful, well balanced & just a delicious smoke right down to the proverbial Nub. The Cameroon wrapper is beautiful & compliments the tasty blend. Easy draw & stays lit. Gobs of creamy smoke draw after draw. A box of the Torpedo's on my next buy list.
4 out of 5
Smooth and Clean
Nice draw, clean burn and solid flavor. I will definitely add to the rotation.
5 out of 5
Vintage 03’ Cameroon
Well balanced, on the stronger end but smooth. Notes of coffee, sweet caramel, light cedar. Cameroon wrapper is nice, oily and dark as expected. Great stick!
5 out of 5
Great Cigar. No after taste
Great Cigar. No after taste in
5 out of 5
One of my many favorites.
Cigars we're well package and were not dry or over humidified they were perfect. I just ordered alot more cigar's.
5 out of 5
My favorite
I smoke these more frequently than any others. Great flavor, consistent construction and burn.
5 out of 5
Strike zone cigar
Always flawlessly constructed and even burning, nice clouds of medium smoke. I love both the robusto and the toro. Will try the pyramid if I can find some reasonably priced. If you like Cameroons, this is dead center.
2 out of 5
Rp cameroon
Taste good, burn fine, draw difficult.
5 out of 5
Rocky's Cameroon Rocks
Rocky Patel's Vintage 03 Cameroon is simply the best cigar I have ever had at any price. Yes, it's not cheap, but it can't be beat - great draw, even burn, no bite or nicotine burn or heat all the way to the end. All this and the taste is wonderfully interesting and bold while remaining mellow (after the first three puffs) throughout the smoke. I gave up a much more expensive Cohiba for this cigar.
5 out of 5
Hard to find - good stuff!
Love these cigars! Wish they were easier to find
5 out of 5
Delicious
Delicious
5 out of 5
NICE
NICE NICE NICE
5 out of 5
Number One Choice
The '03 Cameroon was the first Rocky Patel that I tried. And, it was my favorite cigar ever. It also got me hooked on the Rocky Patel brand. I do like other cigars, but RP is my top choice when buying a cigar. I wish it was cheaper for a box, but I understand why they cost so much. Sometimes, i think RP's should cost more. If you love RP or never tried one before, i think you should try or start with the '03 Cameroon.
4 out of 5
A daily stick
My go to Stick
5 out of 5
Possible my all time favorite.
Got a five pack and tried the first one this past weekend and this bad boy may just end up being my favorite cigar of all time. I've loved the Vintage 1992 for years but the Cameroon is so smooth and flavorful! Was smoking it with friends and I found myself getting lost in the flavor of the cigar and had to be brought back to the conversation several times. Did not want to put it out. Looking forward to another one this weekend!
4 out of 5
smooth smoke
the rocky cameroon 03 is a smooth smoke with creamy sweet favors and a little nutty, and as usual a perfectly constructed cigar with perfect draw and burn. I wouldn't expected anything else from rocky.
5 out of 5
Rare Medium-Full Cameroon
Rocky Patel is the Eric Clapton of tobacco blenders. Most blends that use a Cameroon wrapper are mild or medium-mild blends. Rocky wrapped a full-body core with a well-aged Cameroon wrapper to produce this medium-full cigar to put a caramel sweet finish on a hazelnut-leather earthy blend that is complex and full of flavor. This is one of my all-time favorite cigars and my favorite that is under $15 a stick.
5 out of 5
Boxworthy
Very nice stick! A buttery sweetness with a mild hint of spicey wood
5 out of 5
A must try!
One of the best I have had, I am far from a snob and won't talk about all the minor details, I will put it simple, I have had my share of cigars and I love a good smooth med/full bodied cigar, This fits the build, strong enough, smooth, and delicious.
5 out of 5
Tasty
I have smoked 10 or 15 of these Awsome cigars smooth draw razor sharp burn probably the best cameroon out there. Try it and see for yourself you will not be disappointed. The favors in this one are mouthwatering.
5 out of 5
Rocky Vintage
smooth smoke,slow burn
5 out of 5
Class Act Cigar
Superb Cigar all the way around. I think this one is very much underrated and I can say that about the Churchills and Robustos. They have also been consistent and I think one of the best Rockys out there. I would probably rate them to a medium full and start to finish very smooth. Dark Chocolate and Coffee comes to mind on this one and it may be my favorite all time. Excellent Burn and Construction and labeled about as nice as it gets.
Customer Testimonials
Insanely good. I wasn't a fan of Rocky Patel so I was less then excited when someone gave me this stick, til I smoked it. Amazing flavor, great draw, great smoke. I would rate this above a Padron thousand series which is saying a lot.
This '03 robusto was a fantastic smoke. Very nice construction, minimal viens, rich and deep Cameroon color, awesome coffee and my favorite black pepper tastes. Awesome stick to go with a Texas Steak!
This cigar is under rated. Really under rated. The key on this smoke is the Toro. I have never seen such a difference in size between a brans. The Toro size makes the Cameroon wrapper shine. CI price here is outstanding with free shipping by the way. This is a Cameroon delight. First the construction like 90% of Rocky is outstanding. The cigar has three different ranges of smoke---from mild spice, to rich leather to chocolate walnut. You will kill this smoke if it's not treated well--like all Camers it must be at the proper humidity. Never smoke it outside in the cold . One of my top 7 all time. Cheers.
Just fired up my first stick. Overall a very good smoke. I found the draw a little tight until about midway. The second third was way better than the first. I had about a month's box time on the stick. With more time I'm sure the overall smoke will improve. Don't be fooled this smoke has no where the complexity of the Vintage 1990 or 1992 but I would still give it a very high grade.

A Safari of Complexity

Joey J.

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.