Rolling Of A Cigar: The Rocky Patel Trip

One of the greatest experiences I walked away with on the Rocky Patel Trip was blending my own cigar. Tobacco from various places of the world were made available to consider for the blend. As this was my first attempt at a blend, I went for a Nicaraguan puro and played with the different strengths and smells of each tobacco made available out of Nicaragua. After deciding my blend, I was excited in the moment not knowing what would come next.

And what was next was amazing; they were going to roll the first cigar of our personally selected blend right then and there. Wow- what an experience to select your tobacco, then watch as the cigar is constructed right before your eyes and handed to you to enjoy.

Now this is one style of rolling presented in the video, and how it is done in the Honduras factory. Later on I’ll be showing you another rolling method done purely by hand without the assistance of a rolling mechanism, and with the classic Cuban style triple cap for the cigar. This other style was how it was done at the factory in Nicaragua, so be on the look out for that video soon.


  1. Adam
    Nov 27, 2009 @ 20:17:22

    You can’t go wrong with quality Nicaraguan tobacco. How did it smoke?

  2. teresa
    Nov 27, 2009 @ 21:01:16

    I’ve only had the one I smoked there in Honduras and I *loved* it! It was only 80% of the way there and I could taste some of the subtle notes that would become prominent over time. I was upset it had to end, and I’ve been aging the handful I have.

    I ordered more but it will be some time until it arrives, it has to go through a more formal process before they ship them. But if that first cigar I had is any indicator, I am excited. It definitely was my personal blend, lol. The construction was beautiful, it burned perfectly even for a freshly rolled cigar, and the complexity, earthy, hints of spiciness transferring into hints of sweetness then back to spiciness was delicious. Cannot wait to get the 100% experience and see what becomes of it.

  3. Adam
    Nov 28, 2009 @ 11:45:32

    You should have your own bands made for them too.

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  5. John Brooke - The Weekly Cigar
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 23:13:28

    Very cool. One day, I hope to develop my own blend.

  6. Roberto Torres-Torres
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 12:27:00

    That was a very cool video Teresa. Thanks for sharing.
    What an amazing experience.

  7. teresa
    Dec 05, 2009 @ 12:31:29

    That would be killer, maybe sometime soon. Never know what will happen! For now I’m just looking forward to enjoying them and the experience.

    John, I think it would be fantastic if you blended your own. I don’t doubt you will one day. When you do I would love to have a taste, perhaps even a pairing.

  8. Stogie 1
    Dec 09, 2009 @ 05:52:55

    Very cool Theresa. Did you get a chance to roll your own. I was recently at the Padilla factory in Miami, and Ernesto Padilla had me roll one with the assistance of a master roller. I am sure mine will not smoke as good as the one you had rolled for you. 🙂

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    Mar 21, 2010 @ 00:28:50

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  10. Gravity
    May 05, 2010 @ 19:30:31

    I have really been enjoying your videos. What a great trip this seems to have been. This video in particular is fascinating to me. I have not seen how cigars are rolled in such detail and the fact that you got to blend your own is just great. I would love to do that sometime. I am curious how your blend turns out after some aging. I guess the closest thing in my own experience that I have to compare is brewing my own beer. An experience I am sure would be even better if I could enjoy it with my own custom cigar. Good times.

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