In a sellout event hosted by Emerson’s Cigars, US 106.1 America’s Country and the Waterside District, Rocky Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars made an exclusive appearance at The Harbor Club at Waterside on Aug. 29. Guests were greeted with glasses of whisky and offered three Rocky Patel Premium cigars before meeting with the household name of the cigar industry, Rocky Patel, founder of the company, and his family members Nish and Nimish as well as Dave Bullock of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars.
The inviting social gathering was set out on The Harbor Club’s balcony under its awnings and Waterside’s emblematic rooftop lettering overlooking the Elizabeth River. Avid aficionados with refined tastes took drags of their cigars brimming with tobacco before the night gave way to casual conversation, plates of hors d’oeuvres and imbibing. The evening showcased an acclaimed ensemble of Patel’s premium cigars, including Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, Rocky Patel Special Reserve Sun Grown Maduro and Rocky Patel Decade.
Some Guy Named Allen of US 106.1 America's Country and Rocky Patel
Some Guy Named Allen and Emily from US 106.1 America's Country
The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 is a mild to medium cigar with caramel and nutty notes imparted from a 12-year-old Honduran broadleaf wrapper, while Special Reserve Sun Grown Maduro is made from the company’s boutique factory in Nicaragua, where it’s triple-capped, hand-bunched and hand-rolled in a broadleaf wrapper, and touted as a world’s best. Ten years in the making, Rocky Patel Decade is a mild to medium cigar with a Sumatra wrapper and composed of a secret blend with espresso, dark chocolate, sweet spice and white pepper flavors. Opposed to puro cigar manufacturing where a cigar’s filler, binder and wrapper are produced in the same country, Patel and the company’s devotion to production and emphasis on blending creates an unparalleled quality cigar.
Meanwhile, a trifecta of whisky tastings from Crown Royal complemented the cigars: Crown Royal XO, Crown Royal Blenders Mash and Crown Royal Black. Crown Royal XO is a blend of 50 Crown Royal whiskies finished in cognac casks with a flavor profile of vanilla, spice and rich dry fruit; Crown Royal Blenders Mash is a whisky reminiscent of bourbon, with vanilla and oaky notes; and Crown Royal Black is a blend matured in charred oak barrels. Each were aptly paired with Rocky Patel Premium Cigars and a glimmering sunset over the Elizabeth River.