Rocky Patel

Photography by Cordero Studios Styling by Alicia Buszczak 25 That Are Born to Perform. High-performance road machines are only as good as the people who make them—and the same holds true of premium...
Photography by Cordero Studios Special thanks to Gearys of Beverly Hills Pair the perfect cigars with premier whiskies, cognac & even gin. As a host, one of the most frequently asked questions...
Cigar smokers are no doubt noticing a greater-than-normal influx of premium cigars in tobacco shops across America. Unfortunately, this cornucopia of cigars will subsequently be trickling down to...
To the west of the cigar-producing countries of Cuba and the Dominican Republic , on the other side of the Caribbean Sea, lies Honduras, which was at one time the second-largest producer of non-...
Not too many years ago, Nicaragua was third in line—after the Dominican Republic and Honduras—in terms of cigar consumption in the United States. Recently, however, it leapfrogged over Honduras to...
Originally published in the December issue of Robb Report as “ Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Muscle Cigars ” Camacho American Barrel-Aged Camacho has put a U.S. spin on the old Cuban cigar...
Originally published in the December issue of Robb Report as “ Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Celebratory Smokes ” Partagás Aniversario To commemorate the 170th anniversary of its Partagás...
Ashton Symmetry This medium-strong to full-bodied cigar is the first new Ashton release in a decade and the brand’s first to contain Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Blended by Carlos Fuente Jr., the...
E.P. Carillo The Inch Series C-99 In the ongoing race to create the largest-ring cigar that can still be smoked enjoyably, this E.P. Carrillo (EPC) claims top honors. EPC was the first to debut a 6...
On April 17, 2009, Major League Baseball outfielder Gary Sheffield hit his 500thhome run. He then went on to score nine more homers before retiring from an illustrious career playing for eight...
Photography by Cordero Studios Celebrations and cigars have always gone hand in hand, and never more than during the winter holidays. In Victorian England, it was customary to hand out Havanas on...
"They told me I wouldn’t last 10 years in this business," says Rakesh "Rocky" Patel, the Hollywood attorney who gave up his practice in the 1990s to create one of the most popular cigar brands in...
Characteristics An almost perfume-like bouquet and a rich, sophisticated smoke that sizzles at the top end of medium-well. Insider's Tip A limited-production cigar, only 6,000 boxes are produced...
Characteristics The ruggedly textured, box-pressed Costa Rican 5-year-old dark and oily maduro wrapper plays well against the Nicaraguan filler and binder. The result is a rough-hewn yet civilized...