Rocky vs Nish


It’s over! The votes have been tallied. The people have spoken. And the winner is…ROYALE!!!


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Favorite RP cigar (other than Royale): Rocky Patel Dark Dominican.

Favorite cigar smoking pastimeSmoking a Rocky Patel on the back porch and/or at Outman Cigar and Martini Bar, Greenville, SC.

First RP cigar you ever smokedRocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro in 2016.

Yes, folks, it’s true. In the yearlong debate between Rocky and Nish about which cigar is better – the Sun Grown Maduro Robusto or the Royale Toro – Rocky’s selection of the Royale defeated Nish’s choice, the Sun Grown Maduro. But it was you, the cigar loving public, who resolved the debate. We let you post your choice pics of either cigar brand onto Instagram, using the appropriate hashtags (#5v2Royale or #5v2SunGrown), and then tallied the votes over the last two months.

Sun Grown Maduro started strong right out of the gate, taking a lead that seemed insurmountable. Nish wowed the social media world, using his charm and humor to get “likes” and build up those Sun Grown Maduro photo posts. At one point, the hashtag tally was a solid 141 photos for SG Maduro and a mere 82 photos for Royale. Things were looking bleak for Team Royale.

But then something happened. Rocky posted a video of himself puffing on a Royale Toro and then jumping like Dominique Wilkins in his prime onto a 4-foot kitchen counter! Call it “Royale for strength!” That moment began a turnaround. Slowly, the Royale Instagram posts started showing up. Then the posting gained momentum. Before long, Royale was right behind Sun Grown Maduro, and during the last week of the photo contest, Royale steamed full ahead, never looking back. 

So with the debate decided, the best three Royale pics will now be chosen by the staff at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. The grand prize winner of an all-expenses paid trip to Naples, Florida, along with the runners up, will be contacted and then announced here on Wednesday, June 21. Stay tuned! And thank you all for your participation! 

Final Vote Total: 

Royale - 310

Sun Grown Maduro - 283 




ROYALE debuted in 2013 and immediately gained notoriety for its smoothness, its rich flavor and its sneaky strength. Crafted at the TaviCusa factory in Nicaragua, the Royale blend smacks of spicy smoke, with notes of chocolate and licorice. The trick to honing that gorgeous Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper with the Nicaraguan fillers was quite simple. Rocky united the Royale blend with a double binder, both leaves hailing from Connecticut – a broadleaf and a shade leaf. That sweet and spicy fusion completed the Royale’s greatness. Then Cigar Aficionado recognized the Toro as the benchmark for excellence by naming it the #5 Cigar of the Year in 2014 whilst bestowing a 94 rating. Rocky said it then and still says it now, “It’s my best blend yet.” Learn More


SUN GROWN MADURO debuted in the summer of 2015. It’s the spinoff of a long ago desired project – to release a companion brand to the original Sumatra-wrapped Sun Grown. The blend and wrapper choice out of TaviCusa was impeccable. And so, Sun Grown Maduro came to market in five vitolas and an ornate band that pops next to its dark, oily wrapper. The stout, trunk-pressed Robusto topped the impressive lot. It is indeed robust, stamped by complex, earthy notes with a hint of cocoa and vanilla bean. The aromatic smoke is heavy and full, akin to its smoking strength. And the tasting panel at Cigar Aficionado savored the experience by selecting it as the #2 Cigar of the Year for 2016. As Nish proclaimed of the 95-rated classic, “There’s none better.” Learn more

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Rules & Regulations

  • To enter the contest, one must choose either a Rocky Patel Royale or the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro and take a photo or video with the cigar.
  • The photo will need to be uploaded to Instagram while tagging the photo with the designated hashtag for each brand.
    • Royale hashtag: #5v2Royale
    • Sun Grown Maduro hashtag: #5v2SunGrown
  • Participants may post as many photos as they like and are allowed to choose either cigar when posting.
  • On June 18, 2017 the best cigar will be chosen between the two brands by which ever cigar has the highest amount of total posts.
  • Contestants who enter the contest are not guaranteed to win.
  • Images created by contestants do not represent Rocky Patel Premium Cigars company or staff members.
  • Once the victor has been decided, a first, second and third place prize will be awarded to the winning teams brand.
  • The Rocky Patel staff will pick winners of the competition. They will be selected based off the best three photos from the winning team.
  • The first, second and third place winners will be contacted by a member of the Rocky Patel staff. The RP staff member will ask for their mailing address to send the prizes.
  • The RP staff will also send them a select number of questions for the winners to fill out. These questions will be displayed with their winning photo on the Rocky Patel #5 vs #2 microsite.