Cheap Stick Shootout! Rocky Patel vs. Founders Reserve

Cheap Stick Shootout

In the old west a shootout was won by the fastest draw. Not only did you have to be fast but you had to have nerves of steel. It didn’t matter how fast you were if you couldn’t time it just right. The guy who drew first was the coward and there was no honor in winning the shootout with no honor. Not to mention being hauled off to jail for murder instead of self defense.

Here, the rules are a bit different and there is still a bit of honor involved. Both sticks get to share the honor of being in the shootout, but only one can be the winner.

Founders Reserve 1898 Figurado.

On the Eastern end of town we have the 1898 Founders Reserve Figurado. Hailing from the J.C. Newman Company. Last years release, alongside two others, Ponce De Leon and Judgment.


Rocky Patel Mulligans Masters Collection Slammer.

On the other end of town is the legendary Rocky Patel and his Mulligan’s Series, Masters Collection. This Holt’s exclusive line of Rocky Patel cigars earned it’s name in part, by a text message meant to be from Rocky to his blender. It ended up going to his golf instructor instead, thus being named, The Mulligans Series.


Shootout rules.

There will be 4 On The Money members judging today. Each member will have one cigar. The battle rules are as follows:

There will be 4 categories and scoring is based on a 5 point scale..

  1. Construction
  2. Unlit draw
  3. Taste
  4. Burn

The Shootout.

Rocky Patel.

The construction was great on this 6.5 x 52 torpedo. Having a great cap, tight seams, minimal veins, and no soft spots, this sticks wrapper was flawless. A smooth, light cocoa colored Habano wrapper. Although it sat in the humidor for a couple months both were a bit on the dry feeling side, scoring this a 4/5.

With a medium pull on the unlit draw, this guy brought a light grassy flavor to the mouth. Also a woody oakiness 3/5.

After toasting and lighting, the Mulligan opened up with a nice coffee and wood flavor. A mild to medium cigar with a weak nuttiness. Not very complex yet it is agreed that they were both smooth 3/5.

on the Burn it stayed even and sharp. No need for a touch up and lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. It stayed cool, providing the smoothness one would expect from a quality handmade cigar. No problems with the burn. It didn’t get overly hot or soft at the nub, scoring this a 4/5.

Score 14/20

Founder Reserve.

Construction on the 1898 wasn’t perfect. The seams weren’t as tight as we would have liked to see them. The cap was well built and solid. Both sticks had minimal veins. The Connecticut Shade wrapper was in decent shape on both of them. The loose seams however scored this a 2/5.

After clipping these we both agreed that the unlit draw brought with it a faint nuttiness and slight forest floor flavor. The pull was a bit tight on one of them but clipping a bit more off the head resolved the issue scoring this stick a 3/5.

After toasting and lighting we also agreed that there was a slight touch of spice to the stick. There was also a nice creaminess that developed about halfway in. Not a complex cigar, just a mild to medium smoke with medium body scoring it a 3/5.

The burn on one cigar was pretty flawless without any need for a touch-up. The other one however started to crack halfway in and wanted to unravel, calling for a bit of water  to soften the wrapper and adhere it into place. This poor burn scored it a 2/5.

Score 10/20

There you have it, Rocky wins! (Not Balboa).

If your looking for an everyday cigar, without having to pay an arm and a leg, then both of these will work. Today, however we can only say that one is “On The Money!”





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