Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5" x 52
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Olde World Reserve Maduro is a very dark cigar. Unnaturally so in my opinion. I won’t speculate on how it is that the wrapper leaf is this dark because I just don’t know, but it is oddly dark to me. It’s a bumpy wrapper almost pitch black in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with an off white band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a handsome, milk chocolate Corojo wrapper which I reviewed last week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are released in sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

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Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Olde World Reserve Corojo is a handsome looking cigar. Its smooth wrapper is milk chocolate in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with a dark brown band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a very dark Maduro wrapper which I will review next week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

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Rocky Patel “I” Press

Rocky Patel I Press

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

I was able to surreptitiously obtain this target with the help of my asset on Twitter @doc8466. Thanks for sending this character safely for me to interrogate! Oh, and accompanying this target was some libation that I have since consumed. Be jealous.

This target vexed me. So much so that I shaved its head with my Spy Cigar Scissors and lit its foot on fire. I figured the square disguise was just a ploy to piss me off.

Square. Dark Maduro wrapper. Solid construction. Small veins. Sweet “barn-ish” scent.

As this target started speaking, the whole experience became… edgy. Pun intended. Perfect draw, weird feel in the mouth though. That’s what she said. Fantastic burn. Nice razor thin burn line. Marbly, strong ash.

Sweet Maduro flavors. Medium bodied mouth feel. Short finish. Lacks complexities found in some Nicaraguan tobacco blends. Weird room aroma. Boringly enjoyable.

I have an ambivalence towards Rocky Patel blends. In short, I love certain blends and I loathe others. Rocky Patel I Press lacks the flavors I have come to expect and enjoy from Rocky, especially in a Maduro cloak. It’s just not enough. I need more results to put together a proper interrogation, and this cigar never rallied in the flavor department. I rallied in the flavor department once, and security escorted me out.

Total Points: 86

The Edge Corojo Toro

The Edge Corojo Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin :Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, and a “Secret Country”
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This review of The Edge by Rocky Patel is part of a mini series of reviews on three varieties of The Edge line of cigars.

The Corojo has a toothy leather wrapper. It has an oily sheen and plenty of small veins crawling across its surface. It is firm and well filled. I don’t know why but it looks large. It is a toro just like the maduro I smoked, but for some reason, maybe it is its ample heft, this cigar just looks like a monster smoke. It starts off with spice and pepper and it is a little tannic. It has a short finish with a hint of sweetness. It has a very full feel on the palate letting me know right off that this is going to be a robust smoke. That is what I was thinking at the start. It mellowed out a bit once I got about two inches into the smoke. The spice and pepper faded, replaced by a strong woody core complimented by leather and black coffee. I picked up flashes of clove every now and then. It didn’t really change until I neared the end where it started to pickup again. It got very spicy and full like it was at the start. The sweetness in the finish remained consistent for the duration of the smoke.

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The Edge Maduro Toro

The Edge Maduro Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, and a “Secret Country”
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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This review of The Edge by Rocky Patel is part of a mini series of reviews on three varieties of The Edge line of cigars.

The maduro offering of the Edge certainly looks intimidating. Its appearance might make you think the silly “professional smokers” warning on the box might have something to it. The cigar is dark and oily. The espresso like aroma and beefy ring gauge all add to the effect.

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The Edge Lite Torpedo

The Edge Lite Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Grown Connecticut
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This review of The Edge by Rocky Patel is part of a mini series of reviews on three varieties of The Edge line of cigars.

This is a good looking torpedo with a creamy, light brown Ecuadorian grown Connecticut wrapper. It is fairly smooth and silky looking with only a few small veins. It is well filled and has a pleasant tobacco aroma. This is a handsome looking cigar.

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Rocky Patel The Edge Review Series

Rocky Patel The Edge

This March I have decided to do a mini series of reviews on Rocky Patel's "The Edge" line of cigars. I will be smoking The Edge Corojo, Maduro, and Lite. I have decided to get all the fluff out of the way first and provide the background info on the cigars in this introductory post so when the reviews go up, I'll be jumping right into the meat of it, writing about the construction and flavors of the individual cigars.

UPDATE: The Reviews

Believe it or not, at the time of this writing, I have never smoked an Edge. Surprising perhaps because of the immense popularity of this line of smokes, but also maybe more surprising to those that know me and my preferences in cigars. I love a good, powerful, robust smoke. So how is it I have made it all the way to 2009, 5 years after the release of this line of cigars, to get around to smoking them? I don't have a good answer for that one except to say I just never got around to it. I have smoked other of Rocky's cigars over the years and truth be told I have never found them to my liking. A lot of his cigars are highly regarded and they are very popular but something about them has never really suited my palate. As a result, I have never made it a priority to try The Edge. I have been curious though and had planned to get around to them eventually. Eventually is now it would appear.

The original release of The Edge included a Corojo and a Maduro wrapped version. Later the line was added to with the Edge Lite wrapped in an Ecuadorian Shade Grown leaf and a Sumatran wrapped version was also added. In addition to these line extensions, Rocky also added The Edge Missile which is a smaller, shorter torpedo version of the cigar. I am excluding the Sumatran and the Missile from this series for now. I may visit those two cigars at a later date.

The Edge Corojo and Maduro from Rocky Patel are touted as ultra full bodied, ultra powerful cigars. The box even has a clever marketing gimmick on it in the guise or a warning label stating "Professional Smokers Only". Billed as being a bold, full bodied, full flavored smoke that will leave even seasoned smokers "weak in the knees", these cigars have a bit to live up to in terms of their strength and the hype around it. The binder is Nicaraguan and the blend for the filler is a secret. According to Rocky, if you watch the flash video for The Edge on his website, the blend for the original two Edge cigars utilizes tobacco from an undisclosed country which apparently no one else uses tobacco from. Seems like yet another clever marketing gimmick used in what looks to be a very gimmicky line of cigars. The Edge is a large cigar too, each size being six inches in length and boasting beefy ring gauges. They are available in three sizes:

  • Toro 6.0" x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 6.0" x 52 ring
  • Batallion 6.0" x 60 ring

I will be smoking the Corojo and Maduro each in the Toro size.

The Edge Lite came later, though I am not sure how much later after the 2004 release of the original Edge cigars. The Lite seems like an odd choice for a line extension for cigars whose main theme is power. Power in strength and power in flavor. The full bodied cigar market is only a very small portion of the cigar smokers market so I guess economics may have played a role in this one. The Edge only appeals to that 15 to 20 percent of cigar smokers that enjoy bold full bodied smokes. To reach out to the rest of the market, i guess it would make sense to offer a toned down version of the cigar, thus giving it access to all the revenue available by appealing to that other 80%. This is all speculation on my part. Truth is I have no idea the real reason behind the addition of The Edge Lite to the line. Besides being wrapped in a shade grown Ecuadorian wrapper this cigar also has its own blend for the filler consisting of Nicaraguan and Honduran long filler. It shares only the Nicaraguan binder with the original Edge cigars. On his website Rocky boasts that The Edge Lite is the perfect Golf Course cigar. He says you can sit this cigar down for 10 to 15 minutes and when you pick it back up it will still be lit and ready to smoke. I may just have to put this claim to the test because I have to admit I am skeptical. We will see first hand if the cigar can live up to the claim. The Edge Lite is reported to be a smooth, mild, and creamy cigar with rich flavors and excellent construction. It is available in four sizes:

  • Robusto 5.0" x 50 ring
  • Toro 6.0" x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 6.0" x 52 ring
  • Double Corona 7.5" x 52 ring

I will be smoking the Lite in the Torpedo size.

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 155 x 25 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : DR, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Where do you even begin a review of this cigar? Here you have one of the more popular mid-range stogies from a celebrated manufacturer, Rocky Patel. If that’s not enough to garner respect, peruse the glowing reviews exuding from major cigar publications and online retailers. There’s no way this isn’t a superb cigar, right?

After all, you’ve been told it’s a great smoke. You can’t argue with the popularity of Rocky. What if you were to say this is just a decent smoke? Uh oh!! Faux pas!!

Well, that’s what the Patel Vintage 1992 is... a decent smoke.

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