Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel Quarter Century Toro

It’s a story that’s been told on CNBC. The year was 1995 and a Los Angeles-based attorney named Rakesh “Rocky” Patel teamed up with Phil Zanghi to…

Hamlet 2020 Robusto

Five years ago, one of the most famous rollers in Cuba teamed up with one of the most well-known non-Cuban cigar manufacturers. That roller was…

Rocky Patel Winter Collection Toro (2020)

In a year when something new seemingly got turned upside down every day, it would only make sense that winter would arrive in July. Not…

Rocky Patel TAA 2020 Exclusivo

If you’ve been following the cigars reviewed on halfwheel for the last month or so, you’ve likely been rather familiar with a three-letter combination: T, A,…

Rocky Patel Cigar Smoking World Championship Mareva

Custom blends have been made for any number of different celebrations and events over the years, but one of the newest releases from Rocky Patel…

Hamlet 25th Year Corona

Last fall, as I was ordering cigars from Up Down Cigar of Chicago, Phil Ledbetter, the store’s manager, informed me that in addition to what…

Rocky Patel ALR Second Edition Robusto

There is something refreshing when a cigar maker just comes out and calls a cigar what it is, as Rocky Patel did last year with…

Rocky Patel LB1 Sixty

When cigar blends are being developed—much like many other man-made creations—sometimes they get names, sometimes they get codes, sometimes it’s just “that new blend we’re…

Hamlet 25th Year Salomon

If you visit Cuba for any length of time for the purposes of cigar smoking and enjoyment, it does not take long to hear someone…

Liberation by Hamlet Paredes Toro

Say the name Hamlet, and most people probably think of Shakespeare. But say it to someone in the cigar industry, and it likely calls to…

Rocky Patel TAVICUSA Toro

It’s made at Rocky’s factory.  No, you mean Plasencia’s factory. For many years, the more knowledgeable cigar smokers would enjoy correcting people about that fact. Yes,…