Cargo by Rocky Patel

I picked up the Cargo by Rocky Patel at a shop near my job. I didn’t even know it was a Rocky Patel until later. This cigar features a double binder, which holds long and short fillers from the 15th Anniversary and 1961 Cigars. Long story short, this is a mixed filler cigar. Since I’m not a cigar snob, I don’t turn my nose up when I hear the term “Short filler.” As you know by now, I paired this cigar with water, and here is the review:


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro Grande 6 x 58

Price: $4.89


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The tan wrapper had a toothy look and medium sized veins. The wrapper almost had no odor, only a slight natural tobacco. The foot had a more traditional earthy smell. When squeezing the cigar, I found a few soft spots, but it was nothing of concern. This draw had a little resistance, but was well within my tolerances. The pre-light draw was woody, earthy, and maybe a little fruity.

As you can see in the picture, the wrapper had a split in it and lifted during the first half. I think this was a fluke. The burn required a couple minor corrections, and the ash held for a little over an inch.



The first third had an easy prominent woody flavor. It was very smooth and easy to pass through the sinus with only a slight spice. There was a tinge of sweetness and something I can only describe as almost fruity.


The second third kept that dominant woody flavor. The smoke feel became a slightly creamy, and stuck to the lips and tongue for a few seconds after exhaling. The mild spice didn’t go anywhere, but took on a more sweeter note. Earthy flavors started to blend in as this third came to a close.


The last third crept up in to the upper medium bodied range. Out of nowhere, this thing started billowing out huge clouds of smoke. The spice through the nose had sweetness and woody notes, with a bit of a kick. That mysterious flavor I spoke of earlier (fruity?) was way in the background.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. Sure the flavors were simple, and there was really nothing new or amazing here, but…  It may be on par with another favorite value cigar of mine, the Tabacos Baez Serie SF. I know I had some wrapper issues, but that was just with the cigar I did for review. The others I smoked were fine. I also never got bits of short filler on my tongue. I suspect the double binder helped keep everything in check. So put aside your attitudes about a mixed filler cigar, and give this one a try.

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10 Responses to “Cargo by Rocky Patel”

Tom Ufer December 23rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

I’ve only smoked one of the new Cargo’s. I agree that for a “value” cigar, the simple, mostly woody tobacco flavors I found make it a decent cigar for the price.

Andy K. December 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for the review. Smoking another value smoking a Corojo Label Torpedo by Pepin right now. So far it’s a woody/leather/citrusy in the first issue.

Tom December 25th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Now if these costed any more $ I wouldn’t feel so good about them. But for being a borderline value priced cigar, I think it meets what it was intended for.

Justin (long_ashes) January 2nd, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I just picked one up this last weekend and was going to set flame to it tonight. I bought it for but then realized that it wasn’t in the 3 dollar range like the tobacconist had told me (I had my kids with me and he just handed me the cigar).

I still think the budget smokes should be 3 dollars or under. Anything in the 4-8 dollar range is normal, and outside of that is higher priced with the 15+ dollar sticks being ridiculous. That’s just my opinion though. Good review!

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David Jones September 6th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I also bought a few of these and at the time didn’t know they were Rockey Patel’s. They are to me a medium to mild cigar. They get a bit richer with age. They are a bit soft in places but posed no problem. I also had to correct the burn a couple of times. But for the price they were way ahead of the ones in the price range. I will buy these again. I liked your review.

JoeyB July 18th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I am going to buy them today. Your review was honest and for someone who was looking for a good smoke for $3.00 or less from a guy who knows how to make cigars how can I miss. I am a RP Edge guy who is so happy to spend %6.00 for a good smoke, so $3.00 or less from RP is a no brainer.

LJ October 31st, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Tried one of these today. Cost $3 at my local tobacco shop. Decent flavor. Very easy draw. burned evenly. Wrapper cracked and lifted as did your the cigar in the review.

Paulie.4x January 28th, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Yup this cigar isn’t bad for the $$$, in fact when I got a e-mail from my cigar supplier, I jumped on it, it’s not my first order on the Churchill Cargo by Rocky Patel, but for $45.00 for a mazes of 40 yup 40, I bought three 40 mazo and in fact I’m smoking one right now to remind me that I got a great deal.

Just another smoiker August 24th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

I mistakenly bought a box of these from a popular cigar bidding site. The price was too good to pass up at less than 2$ per stick. I burned one on arrival. Terrible, dry, uneven burn, and the only flavor I could detect was pepper.
I put the rest in the humidor for 3 months. They are considerably improved, but still a long way from good and inconsistent as hell. 1 is rolled tight and a challenge to draw, the next is somewhat soft and mushy. The next the wrapper explodes halfway thru.

I am not impressed … not worth it at any price.

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