Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua, Panama (+ secret location)
Price : ~$5 each
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Rocky Patel Edge was introduced in 2004 and immediately became a hit. Even though no particular marketing efforts were done and the cigars came unbanded, the word of mouth quickly made it a best-seller. Since then, the excitement abated, the cigar gained a band and the quality seems to still be there. This toro with a partly secret blend still delivers!
The corojo wrapper is a little rough and bumpy. The cigar has a nice oily sheen to it and a few veins are clearly visible. It's very hard to the touch and gives an impression of a well-constructed stick.
As with the Decade line, I have nothing bad to say about the construction of this cigar. The burn was very straight and the ash looked absolutely gorgeous. The draw has some resistance to it but never to the point of being tight.
The pre-draw is earthy and upon lighting this is the main flavor I detected, along with some black pepper. Surprisingly, the smoke is quite smooth and one could laugh at the "Smoke While Sitting Down" notice. It has some obvious depth to it and develops notes of honey, nuts and salt. Two inches in, it gains some more power and one can distinguish black coffee flavors, mixed with faint spice. Near the finish, the spice becomes more prominent and the smoke is almost full-bodied. Overall, I'd like to underline a very nice power evolution.
At approximately 5 dollars each, that's a good buy, in my opinion.
Overall Rating :
This was a fine cigar. Personally, I prefer the corojo version, but the Edge maduro also exists and it's not bad at all, being a little more powerful with typical maduro flavors. This is a line that I can fully recommend after a hearty dinner with a glass of single malt.
Photo credit: Richard Cordero