Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania
Vitola: Rustic – Robusto (5 x 52)
Brand: Patina Cigars
Factory: Casa Favilli / Mombacho
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10
Source: Purchased from CDMcigars.com
Please Note: I have a bias towards Mo Maali of Patina Cigars. Dave and I have both appeared on the Sultans of Smoke podcast and chat with Mo almost daily. It’s been neat to watch his brand come to life.
In the end, all reviewers must overcome bias and I believe that our Community Rating system serves as a check and balance against any persistent bias on my end. If you’ve smoked this cigar as well, I encourage you to Make Some Noise at the bottom of this review and add your thoughts and rating. This will not only keep me in check but will allow future readers to read a more comprehensive review.
Patina Connecticut Rustic – Initial Thoughts
“Patina is an oxidation process that, over time, produces a green film over bronze or copper. In the same spirit, our experiences in life shape our opinions, attitudes and beliefs. Just as those buildings underneath the patina retain their original character, we too as human beings will always be ourselves at our core. No matter what happens in life, always be true to yourself.”
Want to hear more of Mo’s own words? Check out this interview I did with him!
The Patina Connecticut Rustic sports a turquoise and copper band. Construction feels solid before lighting up. Aroma from the foot is hay and almonds. On a pre-light draw, I’m greeted with pepper, hay, and cinnamon.
Patina Connecticut Rustic – Flavors
Pepper, Citrus, Spice, Cream, Sweetness, Graham Cracker, Salt, Butter, Almond, Bread, Cinnamon
Lighting up, my initial impressions include black pepper, citrus, and spice on the tongue. Creaminess joins in early and remains throughout. The flavors play well off of each other with pepper, creaminess, sweetness, cinnamon, and citrus notes combining in a melody that harmonizes well to my palate. The sweetness is similar to graham cracker, but sweeter – it’s like Teddy Grahams!
Progressing, salt and butter notes join in to make the cigar even creamier. Almond and bread notes jump in and out. Throughout this robusto, pepper and cream continue to take turns at the forefront.
Patina Connecticut Rustic – Construction
There are times the burn gets a little wavy, but nothing that needs correction or attention. Draw is right on point. The ash on this cigar is impressive, stacking up neatly and tightly. I’ve now smoked several of these and the construction is consistently great. You’ll find little to complain about in terms of how the cigar is made.
Construction led to an effortless smoke
Flavors worked well together
Surprising differences from other Connecticuts
Not many transitions