Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is a leading manufacturer of premium cigars, specializing in Central American tobaccos of Honduras and Nicaragua. The company dates back to 1996, where founder and face of the brand, Rakesh "Rocky" Patel, debuted Indian Tabac Cigar Company during the heat of the great cigar boom of the ‘90s. These cigars were quick to catch the attention of the premium cigar market, showing a new-school style of bright packaging and bold profiles not common to the old-school tendencies of premium cigars.
In 2002, the company changed its name to reflect the man himself, Rocky Patel. Rocky’s efforts to grow the brand are the stuff of legend throughout the cigar industry, as he is said to have traveled more than 300 days out of the year, giving a relatable face to the brand that consumers could connect with. Today it is commonplace for brand-runners to trek across the country, showing up at events like “cigar celebrities,” but it was Rocky Patel that paved the way.
Rocky Patel’s cigars manage to bridge the gap between mainstream availability and boutique craftsmanship. The cigars are produced at some of the world’s top factories, such as El Paraiso in Danlí, Honduras (known for Rocky Patel Decade, Twentieth Anniversary, Sun Grown, and more) and TaviCusa in Estelí, Nicaragua (Sun Grown Maduro, RP Royale, Fifteenth Anniversary, and more). The full range of RP cigars spans many flavor profiles and overall styles for every consumer preference, though the brand is well-known for offering big flavor output and bold profiles for the modern era.
Rocky Patel is among the most critically acclaimed brands as well, managing to rank among Cigar Aficionado’s prestigious Top 25 Cigars of the Year list an astonishing 12 of the last 13 years!