THE TIMELINE

  • Chapter 1

    The Nursery

The Tobacco Nursery

Chapter 1

THINK BIG. START SMALL.
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All great ideas start out small. Each one of our premium cigars begins life under close observation.

Upon arrival, our two varieties of tobacco seeds – Habano and Criollo – are separated into thousands of individual pods and carefully placed underneath a layer of cheesecloth for over a week. After being consistently monitored and watered for 7-10 days, only the absolute healthiest plants are transported to the main nursery.

At our main nursery, plants spend another 45 days under the watchful eye of our seasoned growers. At the end of this time, the plant will be nearly six inches tall with a healthy root system in place.

CIgar Tobacco Nursery - Rocky Patel

ONLY THE BEST

NO EXCEPTIONS

ONLY THE BEST. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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Before leaving the main nursery, a lawnmower goes over each bed and precisely severs the tips of each plant. By severing the tips, the plants develop a need for survival causing them to be stronger, yielding unprecedented growth.

Since we expect great things from our tobacco we must maintain the highest standards for quality even before the first leaf has sprouted.

Nursery Trivia

Q. How long do tobacco plants normally spend in the main Nursery?

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  • Chapter 2

    Tobacco Fields

    Tobacco Fields

    Tobacco Fields Rocky Patel

    SUN & SHADE GROWN TOBACCO

    Tobacco plants can be either Sun Grown or Shade Grown. Sun grown tobacco will only reach 5 ½ feet in height and its leaves will be used for the wrapper, binder, and filler...

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  • Chapter 3

    Curing Barns

    Curing Barns

    Nicaragura Cigar Curing Barn

    HUNG TO DRY

    After 100 days of toiling in the hot sun, how do we treat our plants? We hang them.

    The harvested tobacco is brought from the fields to the curing barns. At the curing barn, plants are subjected to a drastic increase in humidity and...

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  • ENTERING

    THE FACTORY

    THE FACTORY

    WELCOME TO THE ROCKY PATEL FACTORY

    From the coveted fields to our signature curing barns and facilities, to our bustling factories, our tobacco moves from one premium establishment to another – because everything we do is premium. Anything less wouldn't be worthy of the label.

  • Chapter 4

    Sorting & Fermentation

    Sorting & Fermentation

    Cigar Pilons Fermentation

    REHYDRATED. REVITALIZED. INFORMATION

    Our cigars are premium inside and out. But it’s not just the quality that makes it premium; it’s the delicate nature in which each individual tobacco leaf is sorted. After curing and prior to fermentation, every single leaf must be classified as either: wrapper, binder, or filler...

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  • Chapter 5

    Rolling Room

    The Rolling Room

    ROLLING THE CIGAR

    Once the tobacco is up to our standards it’s finally time to start rolling. Rolling a cigar is the process of constructing the filler, binder, and wrapper into a single form...

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  • Chapter 6

    Quality Control Room

    Quality Control Room

    METICULOUSLY JUDGED

    Once rolled, each cigar goes through a series of quality control steps. Every cigar is carefully examined to guarantee that only excellence gets our stamp of approval...

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  • Chapter 7

    Aging Room

    Aging Room

    LETTING SIT

    After quality control, the cigars are sent to an aging room for a minimum of 90 days. This final aging period allows for the different layers of tobacco within the cigar to fuse together...

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  • Chapter 8

    Judging Aesthetics

    Quality Control on Aesthetics

    "AESTHETICS"

    After the aging room, each cigar goes through yet another round of quality control. We sacrifice nothing when it comes to flavor. We don’t cut corners and we don’t compromise. We make every effort, no matter how tedious, to clean up any and all rough edges...

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  • Chapter 9

    Boxed Pressed

    Boxed Pressed

    SHAPING UP

    After the second quality control, a cigar may journey down a number of different roads. The first choice of which is if the cigar is box-pressed or not. Box-pressed cigars are a specialty that...

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  • Chapter 10

    Banding & Boxing

    Banding & Boxing

    A SIGNATURE LOOK

    Whether box-pressed or left round, our cigars are then branded with our label. Carefully, decisively and proudly we band each of our cigars. The band is not just a label to queue what tastes will be revealed within the cigar, it is a testament to the labor and craftsmanship that went into every individual leaf...

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PARTING WORDS

We put a lot of love into our cigars. When we brand and box them with the Rocky Patel logo, it’s not just for the purpose of sale. It’s an opportunity to pay homage to a living legend. And it’s our chance to say, “goodbye, good luck, and make us proud.”

Rocky Patel Logo