The Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas will be the newest addition to his fraternity of critically acclaimed Vintage Series. And the new brand – set to hit the market at August’s end – will mark the inaugural launch of a Vintage line crafted out of Rocky’s boutique Nicaraguan factory called TaviCusa.
The Esteli-based factory – which produces such brands as Sun Grown Maduro, Royale, and 15th Anniversary – was tasked with rolling the 11-year-old Mexican wrapper with a tobacco blend that Rocky conceived. He selected a decadent blend of Nicaraguan fillers along with a Connecticut broadleaf binder to channel the spice and complexity of the mature San Andrés tobacco. The resulting medium to full bodied smoke produces a rich, leathery finish.
The Vintage 2006 San Andreas represents a departure from the 1990, 1992, 1999, and 2003 Vintage Series, all of which are handmade in Honduras and represent a strength profile ranging from mild to medium. Rocky had long aspired to work on a new Vintage brand, one that reached beyond the Honduran norm.
Vintage 2006 San Andreas Breakdown
- Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés (11-year aged)
- Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Filler: Nicaraguan
- Factory: TaviCusa (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular Production
- Packaging: 20-count boxes
- Vitolas: 4
- Price: $9.95 – $11.75 (MSRP)
- Robusto: 5½” x 50 | $9.95
- Toro: 6½” x 52 | $10.10
- Churchill: 7″ x 48 | $10.10
- Sixty: 6″ x 60 | $11.75