Living Life on the Edge of the Dark (Rocky Patel Edge Maduro Toro)

2015-10-05 19.55.47I have been waiting for an excuse to break into my Rocky Patel Five Card Stud Sampler from Pipes & Cigars, and that excuse came in the form of a desire to make myself feel better when I was ill.

The Edge is intended to be a powerful cigar.  It clearly states that it is for experienced smoker only, and should be enjoyed while sitting down.  I was looking for exactly that kind of nicotine buzz as a pick-me-up.  I was a fan of the Edge, and I was looking forward to trying the Maduro version.  Resulting from a collaboration between Rocky Patel and Nestor Plasencia, the largest tobacco grower in Central America, this rich maduro cigar features a Cuban-seed Honduran wrapper with Honduran fillers, slowly aged over five years.  Further details are a carefully-guarded secret, though Rocky himself has said with a smirk, “I guarantee you we have tobacco in that cigar from a special country that nobody uses.”  It’s six inches long and is a 52 ring gauge.  It also displayed an extremely well-constructed double cap that was so beautiful I didn’t want to cut it.

2015-10-05 19.55.52I enjoy the simple presentation of the Edge label; no fanfare, just parchment-style and script.  The wrapper note was clearly of cedar and espresso; very promising!  That incredibly painstakingly aged wrapper was smooth, shiny and oily.  Everything about it said: Light me up!

I clipped it with my CiGuru cutter, which left a little bit of a nipple but nothing serious.  The pre-light draw was also of espresso.  It lit with ease from my cedar spills.  The first draws were all that had been promised; pepper, dark spice, espresso, maybe a hint of cedar.  No allowances made for such nuances as sweetness or florals; this was as bitter as strong black coffee and as strong as the stuff they serve at the end of the night shift.  Needless to say I loved it.

Consistency is something that Rocky Patel prides itself on, and the Maduro version of the Edge was no exception.  However, I’m sorry to report that I had trouble keeping it lit!  It may have to do with the fact that one does not puff on an Edge as intensely as one does other cigars, for self-defense if nothing else.  Or it may have been a construction issue.  It went out at least five times; twice I had to cut it.  And the stub collapsed like a filo pastry.  Overall this reduced this fine smoke to a quick chimney puff that made me dizzy and took less than an hour.

Edge cigars have received ratings as high as 91 by Cigar Aficionado, but I’m afraid I can’t give it as high a rating this time due to the construction and draw issues.  But I am still a Rocky Patel fan, and in every other way, this cigar delivers.  I give it:

4 stars

You can get it Pipes & Cigars where I got it, or you can get it at Thompson Cigar for $30.85 USD for a pack of five or $113.40 USD for a box of twenty; or Cigars International for $30.00 USD for a pack of five or $112.99 USD for a box of twenty.

And that’s a lady’s perspective!

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