Monday, January 1, 2024

Bourbon, Eggnog, and Rocky Patel to End 2023

I've never been a big fan of eggnog, but spice it up with a little bourbon, and it becomes a fit winter drink. Getting ready to head out for a smoke in the last sunshine of 2023, I mixed a drink a glass of eggnog with hefty dose of Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength. Lighting a Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Toro I was ready to wind down the year, and start my New Year's celebration.

The Batch 23-02, 110.1 proof bottling gives a pleasing brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon boost to the sweet drink. 

The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary is a 6 1/2 x 52 Toro. The box-pressed stick is clothed in shiny Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The binder and filler tobaccos are Nicaraguan. It has creamy, sweet profile with dark fruit and chocolate notes joining the mix as the cigar heats up.

Many maduro colored cigars have a wrapper reminiscent of chocolate. Siting in the sun, the wrapper of the 15th Anniversary distinctly reminded me of the classic Hershey's Chocolate bar. All in all, a pleasant way to begin winding down the year.

🎉  Happy New Year!  🎉

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