Thar Be Dragons and Golden Treasure: Rocky Patel’s 2024 PCA Show

With 2024 being the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar, there are so many cigar companies producing limited edition “Dragon” inspired cigars this year that retailers’ humidors are beginning to feel a little like Westeros, the mythical land in George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” book series. Add Rocky Patel to the list of dragon tamers this year.

Rocky Patel’s Year of the Dragon is made in the company’s Esteli, Nicaragua-based factory from a blend of Mexican San Andres wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Honduran filler tobaccos. A “masterpiece in Rocky Patel’s cigarmaking history,” the Year of the Dragon is a medium- to full-bodied smoke that’s been aging for more than four years. Available in just the Toro vitola (6 ½ x 52), Rocky Patel Year of the Dragon cigars will begin shipping to retailers in April.

Where there are dragons, there’s usually a big pile of treasure, and while perhaps Rocky Patel didn’t necessarily plan it this way, cigar smokers might imagine the company’s second new cigar for 2024, Gold Label, as that dragon’s treasure horde.

Also made in Rocky Patel’s Nicaragua factory, Gold Label features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut Shade and Connecticut Broadleaf binders and a filler tobacco blend from Nicaragua.

Medium-bodied, Rocky Patel Gold Label is offered in four sizes: Half Corona (3 ½ x 46), Robusto (5 ½ x 50), Toro (6 1/2 x 54) and Sixty (6 x 60). Every cigar is wrapped in golden foil that extends from the foot to about halfway of the cigar’s length and every vitola comes in 20-count boxes. Rocky Patel Gold Label cigars will begin appearing in retail shops in May.

Steve Ross is a writer, editor, photographer and communications specialist who has enjoyed a career in the premium cigar industry for more than 23 years. Steve enjoyed his first handmade cigar when he was a freshman at Purdue University, and he entered the premium cigar industry shortly after obtaining his Masters Degree in History from North Carolina State University in 2001. Since then, Steve has traveled extensively in Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Europe, telling countless stories about cigars, the people who make them and the men and women who enjoy them. A lifelong fan of motorsport, Steve is most passionate about IndyCar racing and the Indianapolis 500, which he has attended every year since 1987.


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