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    Rock Hill Farms and Rocky Patel

    Rock Hill Farms Ė late 90s edition (gold chain, etc.)

    Appearance: Orange-copper with rich golden caramel hues. Unbelievable legs Ė the best Iíve ever seen.

    Nose: Corn husk and vanilla at first. Disappointing. Then: Demerara sugar, cotton candy, marzipan, leather, and candy corn in a single brilliant second wave. Wow. This is only my second pour of RHF, and the first was at the end of a very long night. I donít remember the nose at all, but this is outstanding. The hint of leather keeps the scent from becoming cloying.

    Flavor: Toothache sweet butterscotch and honey on the front of the palate. A whiff of smoke, then leather and a hint of tobacco. Walnuts and wood round it out. This is not nearly as earthy as some other BT bourbons, and I really like it. Mid-afternoon itís a bit much, but after dinner, I think it would be great.

    Finish: Long and sweet. Alcohol lingers a bit, but the marvelous butterscotch overwhelms it.

    All in all, a sweet bourbon that I wouldnít want just any time, but which I would only ever drink neat. I really enjoy the richness of this, but it isnít as complex as Iíd expected. Thatís not a knock on it, but it does reflect my love of rye and spice.

    Rocky Patel The Edge Toro Ė Natural

    Appearance: Smooth, lightly veined, dark caramel wrapper. No flaws.

    Aroma: Chocolate and nougat, earthy depth. A bit of hay, a lot of leather.

    Pre-light draw: More hay, wood and leather, some vanilla. Bourbonlike.

    Taste: Creamy cafť mocha, a touch of pepper, maybe some nuts. The chocolate is big and rich, but not too sweet. Leather and sweat push through, as well. The draw on this is a bit tight, which prevents the flavors from being as focused as they could be. It does do a nice job of drawing the leather and smoke out of the whiskey, and balancing the sweetness of RHF at the same time. Itís a nice pairing.

    Finish: Rich, bitter chocolate. Soft caramel. Light salt and pepper pushing the other flavors forward. Lingering.

    Iíve had this cigar many times, and this is the first time I have found a tight draw (I even dryboxed it since it was stored too humid at the store). The salt character is not something Iíd picked up on before, but it is a welcome addition as it adds to the balancing effect this cigar has on the bourbon. Iíd think it might pair even better with a well-aged rum for this reason. But the light smokiness of RHF does good things for the cigar, too. Ah, heck, itís whiskey and a cigar. Rarely has any combination thereof led me astray.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms and Rocky Patel

    Very nice review. I've enjoyed the Edges I've had, never have had Rock Hill though. I've found I have to let anything (from the store or shipped) sit for about 2 weeks if I really want it to acclimate to the humidity I keep my cigars at. Of course it is always possible you just got a cigar that was rolled a tad too tight. Hand made products and all that.

    Again, great review.

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms and Rocky Patel

    A local spot by me has "The Edge" for about $5. Sounds like I need to try one. Also gives me a good reason to have a pour of RHF!
    Tim

    I am going where streams of whiskey are flowing...

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    Re: Rock Hill Farms and Rocky Patel

    That's a decent price. Enjoy!

 

 

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