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In an industry built on name recognition and reputation, Rocky Patel's passion has brought his brand to heights unseen by most boutique cigar manufacturers. His hard work and long hours have been paying off in big ways. A survivor of the cigar boom, Patel has outlasted his competition with unrivaled persistence on his quest for perfection. With a grueling travel schedule, office responsibilities and production, Rocky still maintains the enthusiasm that he has had since day one. As he travels the world, putting his cigars in the mouth of his consumers, his passion extends beyond the retailer, allowing his customers the experience of meeting the man behind their favorite smokes. Rocky Patel has created a company that has out shined even those created by multimillion dollar corporations, and he's doing it one customer at a time.
Originally an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles, Mr. Patel was introduced to cigars on the back lots of Hollywood studios. Fine cigars quickly became a passion for him, and he became one the original founding members of the Grand Havana Club. While searching for the very best cigars, Mr. Patel was approached with the opportunity to manufacture his own brand. While his friends and colleagues warned him against leaving his lucrative practice for the cigar industry, Mr. Patel seized the opportunity to create the kind of product he saw missing in the market. He was convinced that a new company was needed to open the marketplace with fresh ideas, bold packaging, and fuller cigars. After careful development, the Indian Tabac Cigar Company debuted at the 1996 RTDA in Cincinnati. Customers flocked to the Indian Tabac booth, drawn in by the distinct packaging and staying for the high-quality product.
In 2003, he put aside the Indian Tabac brand name to focus on the Rocky Patel Vintage Series. A superior smoke to anything Mr. Patel had created previously, the Vintage Series was made up of premium quality aged tobaccos. While in Honduras, he had discovered unused bales of old Honduran-grown broadleaf and Ecuadorian Sumatra. He used these two different tobaccos to create both lines of the Vintage Series. The older tobacco performed beyond his wildest expectations. To insure that the craftsmanship equaled the quality of the tobacco, Mr. Patel cut production to a mere 250 cigars a day. The result is a line of fine cigars that have consistently cracked the 90-rating barrier in Cigar Aficionado. The legacy of precision continues to this day, with every Rocky Patel Cigar being thoroughly inspected and draw tested.
Mr Patel continues his mission to introduce his product to tobacco enthusiast everywhere. Often heralded as the hardest working man in the business, Mr. Patel logs more than 300 days on the road a year; He once visited 600 cities in 750 days. Mr. Patel considers his traveling as time well spent, winning over new costumers in every town. This practice is only an extension of Mr. Patel's enthusiasm for his award-winning cigars and his commitment to his customers. Mr. Patel also hosts trips to his factory in Honduras, giving his customers a chance to discover fine craftsmanship in person. The dedication in the factory is translated into a quality cigar that is enjoyed all over the world.
Apart from maintaining a consistent presence in the public eye and inviting his customers on the trip of a life time, Mr. Patel spends his time focusing on production. He gears his product towards the more complex palate. He believes that blending tobaccos from various regions takes greater skill and knowledge, and that it creates a more satisfying end product. This process is time consuming, and Mr. Patel will often take a year or more to craft a perfect blend. Rocky Patel Premium Cigars continues to set itself ahead of the competition by offering the highest value cigars at reasonable prices. Currently producing 20,000,000 cigars annually Patel elucidates, "cigar manufacturing is an art form that has transcended over generations." Three hundred different hands touch the tobacco from the time a seedling is planted in the ground, to the time a cigar is placed in a box for final shipment. Mr. Patel assures his customers that when they expect the best, they get the best. When they expect the very best, they get Rocky Patel Premium Cigars.
Nish Patel was born in 1964 in Nairobi, Kenya and relocated with his family to Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was 11 years old. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, Nish earned his MBA from UCLA. After business school, Nish spent several years as a commodities broker and then as the National Sales Manager for a company that sold HVAC equipment.
Nish was a traditional premium cigar enthusiast until his brother, Rocky, started Indian Tabac Cigar Co. in 1995. At the same time his personal business career was progressing, Nish also began to take a bigger and bigger interest in his brother’s burgeoning cigar company, and the premium cigar industry as a whole.
In 2004, after years of persistent encouragement from his brother Rocky, Nish decided to join the Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company. Nish made an immediate impact, and was integral in the development and launch of the first cigars that carried the Rocky Patel brand name - Vintage 90’ and Vintage 92’. As the company grew, and as the brand portfolio continued to expand, Nish was instrumental in the 2009 launch of the Patel Bro's brand.
Nish Patel continues to champion the overall growth and expansion of the Patel Bro's brand, as well as serving as an active member of the Executive Management Team for the Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company and as an ambassador for the Rocky Patel brand all over the United States.
Nimish Desai, a cousin of Rocky Patel, grew up in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay and is a diehard Packers fan! "Nimmy D" as he is known around the cigar world is an integral part of the Rocky Patel company and looks after the Central American manufacturing for Rocky. Originally an accountant for RP, Nimish started to learn more and more about the industry and began visiting the growers. Ten years later Nimish released his own cigar, Thunder.
Thunder is hand-rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua at Rocky's factory. This powerful, full bodied, full flavored cigar has loads of black and white pepper with notes of baking spice, cocoa, espresso, and a bit of caramel sweetness on the finish!
Arielle is a born and bred New Yorker who found her passion for cigars back in 2006. She started hanging out with her dad at the local cigar shop and fell in love with the aroma of a good cigar and the people and stories that came with hanging out in a cigar lounge. Around that time she was hired for her first event, cutting and lighting cigars for the customers. Wanting more of a challenge she started asking more questions and learning more about the industry. Taking her first trip to visit tobacco farms, and factories in Honduras in early 2009 changed everything, as she officially became a lover of all things cigars.
Shortly after Arielle partnered with Miami Cigar and Co. to create La Sirena Cigars. In the summer of 2009, La Sirena was officially released. After a successful 3-year partnership, Arielle was ready to spread her La Sirena wings and become an independent owner. Purchasing the distribution rights from Miami Cigar & Co. she now continues to manage the brand with her team. La Sirena brand cigars are distributed nationwide and available at over 400 retail stores. International distribution is growing quickly as we continue to push through 2015.
Creator of the infamous Outlaw Cigar, Kendall Culbertson has now launched his next vision…Gunslinger Cigar!
Over the last several years, utilizing his industry relationships, Kendall has been given access to more than a dozen of the world's best factories and blenders to study everything about producing quality cigars. Kendall took to it with a desire and ingenuity that had even the most seasoned blenders taking notice.
Kendall will only use the highest quality tobacco from the best
growers and researches multiple manufacturers to find just the right combinations.
As Kendall says, “Kick ass cigars are all I am interested in making”