Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto

Another instant classic from Rocky Patel with a singular identity

Time and again, Rocky Patel has gone above and beyond expectations in each of their releases. In my hands I’m smoking a very exciting cigar – the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro robusto.

Many fans of the brand know that the Sun Grown series has existed for several years, but this is the first time it has come in a maduro. This beautiful dark chocolate stick piggybacks on the original Sun Grown blend but adds a bit a punch when coupled with a maduro Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

Without any bias, I am in complete agreement with Cigar Aficionado’s ranking of this cigar as No. 2 in their Top 25 Cigars of 2016 as this full-bodied smoke was an absolute joy to review.

rocky patel sun grown maduro review

General Information

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Robusto (5 x 50)
Price: $8.75

rocky patel sun grown maduro review


Off the initial light, I’m immediately hit with a pepper bomb – something I personally don’t find appealing in a smoke. However, the pepper died down after three or four draws and gave way to a wonderful blend of cocoa and wood with a light creaminess on the finish.

The transitions in this stick are stark, specifically from the first to the second third. Into the second third that creamy finish is replaced with a meatiness that is closer to a smoked tri-tip than to a grilled New York strip.

Almost into the last third the creaminess has come back and the bitter cocoa has receded into the background giving way to a sweet chocolate note that is quite delectable.

rocky patel sun grown maduro review

Sadly, every great smoke must come to an end. FInishing strong, the Sun Grown Maduro closes with a nuttiness that mixes perfectly with the previous flavors.

Of particular note was this cigar’s construction, which rivals some of the best in the business. The burn was incredibly even, the draw was superb and the smoke output was full.

Cigar construction nowadays have little to no faults, but this was on a different level. The Rocky Patel team should be incredibly proud of their work on this line both in terms of flavor profile and construction.

Boldness: 4/5 | Strength: 4/5

This cigar takes roughly 40-50 minutes to smoke and is a great choice as an after dinner cigar, perhaps after a leg of lamb with some mint jelly. The chocolatey, earthy and meaty notes would complement well with an Islay Scotch, such as Lagavulin 16.

This cigar is a great choice for a beginner to intermediate smoker as the flavors remain prominent on the palate and easy to discern.

rocky patel sun grown maduro review


Overall, I would give this cigar a 9.25/10. Without a doubt, this cigar will have some space in my humidor and may be one of the only times I’ve agreed with the guys over at Cigar Aficionado. In my opinion, the price point, the robustness of flavor and the superb construction make this smoke a perfect addition to any humidor.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Christopher Benedetto
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo


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    You might also enjoy a Montecristo Platinum series cigar.

    • Christopher Benedetto

      Agreed! The Montecristo Platinum is a great line for anyone that wants a full-bodied smoke.


        I guess great minds smoke alike!

    • Brian Sacawa


  • Tom B


    Great review! You’ve touched on all the points that I personally care about in a cigar – taste, transitions, build, how long it takes to smoke – with no pretension or talking down to your readers. I’m usually not a Rocky Patel fan, but now this is definitely a stick that I want to try out. Actually you had me at “box-pressed robusto”…. all the advantages of a huge vitola without having to smoke a monster (hello Opus X A, lookin’ at you! Great cigar, took me 8 hours to smoke, ridiculous!).

    • Christopher Benedetto

      Tom, thanks so much for the kind words. I’m very glad to introduce you to this wonderful stick and know exactly what you mean about the Opus X A.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Rocky Patels are so consistent. This one is definitely worth the price of admission. I’m always eager to try anything by RP. The Decade and Vintage 1992 are always good smokes.

  • Jim Sears

    I’ve always been a fan of Rocky Patel. RP’s Cameroon 2003 is one of my go-to sticks. They are relatively subtle but offer a lot of dimension at the same time. Very satisfying. Thanks for great review and I now look forward to picking this one up soon.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for chiming in, Jim. I remember having a RP Cameroon a few years back and it being interesting. Will have to pick one up soon to give it another try.

    • Christopher Benedetto

      The Cameroon ’03 is a very balanced smoke and one I enjoy very much. The Sun Grown is more robust and won’t disappoint.

      • Jim Sears

        So I had the RP Sun Grown last night. Definitely as you described – a pepper bomb at the beginning, then with nice variations all threaded by a consistent cocoa presence. As full bodied and strong as it is, nothing gets over powered. You picked a great one to recommend. Nicely done and thanks.

        • Brian Sacawa

          Glad to hear it, Jim! Interestingly, I was talking to Chris about how I tried the Sun Grown Maduro in the lancero size and was fairly underwhelmed. Not the same as the robusto.

          • Jim Sears

            That lancero size might burn a little hotter and drown out some flavor, just a theory.

        • Christopher Benedetto

          Glad you enjoyed it! The best part of the stick as you point out is that none of the flavors dominate the palate.