4/10/17

Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra - Cigar Review

B"H
THE CIGAR
Rocky Patel
Edge Sumatra
6 x 52 Toro
w. Ecuadorian Sumatra
b. ?
f. Nicaraguan
m. El Paraiso (Plasencia) Honduras
"The Edge remains the hottest and bestselling cigar in the country. Wonder why? Consistency! Consistency! Consistency! Rich flavor, complexity and value make this one of the greatest selling brands ever. Full-bodied and full-flavored is an understatement ...  Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars of the Year 2007 91 Rating by Cigar Aficionado."

Which begs I include this from www.CigarAficionado.com:
"Rocky Patel has become a star in the cigar business thanks to his never-ending drive to meet cigar smokers and his creation of bold, fair-priced blends. His biggest hit has been The Edge, which began as an unadorned chest of 100 cigars packed without bands. The package did, however, have a label that warned of the strength of the cigars inside. The Edge begat several other versions from Patel, and the latest (released this past fall) is The Edge Sumatra Toro. The 6-inch x 52-ring smoke is strong and spicy, with wood and ground pepper notes. It's powered by Nicaraguan filler and an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, and made under contract for Patel at the El Paraiso factory owned by the Plasencia family. At just over $5, it's a true bargain." Why do parts a' this CA write-up conjure up visions of AJ Fernandez's Diesel in my head?
K A P L O W I T Z  SCALE

construction
k a p l O w i t z
Seams start a tick toward loose, but even. They never tighten, but don't loosen further neither. After lighting, some soft spots appear hither and thither along the shaft. Draw is a medium tension resistance but is too a tick damp at times. Nub is soft, not wet, and doth heat up a half-tick.

combustion
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Threat of a runner which abates upon some patience in smoking. No retouch is mandated. Burn-line is a bit thick and top-leaf seems to pull away a tick. Stays even 'nuff on a ribbon. Pace of burn seems overall a smidge toward quick, tho it doth slow through-out. Medium-grey spectrum marbled ash builds in a flaked coarse stack a'dimes more the width of nickels. Makes an inch, mainly -- but not verily mo'. Nice rich white smoky-smoke in a moderate+ volume and then-some, culminating in a sweet wood note with a lilt of spiciness. 

flavors
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Soon to be mentioned body meanderings of a woodsiness and slight nutshell. Dark chocolate shavings, scarcely -- are extensions of a woodier draw. Some ground coffee. Spiciness is a bakers spice with no obvious lead. Retro-hale showcases a finely ground kindly zetz of black pepper which is a bit more dialed back on draw, but still prominent. Earthen under-belly.

body
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Nice creamy feel that appears more-so here than n flavor profile. A particularly smooth smoke with just a bit of sweet spice on finish and tongue. Notes on finish too include a woodsiness and slight nutshell. Dark chocolate shavings, scarcely. 

strength
k a p l O w i t z
For a cigar that claims to be for professional smokers only, that strength doesn't stand the test of time from its inception to present-day. Still a very decent back-bone but not in an aggressive manner. It do sneak up on you in an accumulative effect sorta way. Mainly I get a bit a' eye/head-swoon. A slight schvitz upon upper-lip. Nothing in chest nor challah-basket. Which, given Passover, is much more a matzoh-basket.

complexity P
nuance L
transition A
balance W
FINAL GRADE
****B+****
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