Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra
Brand: Rocky Patel
Ring Gauge: 52
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Panama
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
The Edge Sumatra is a product of the famed Rocky Patel and the very well know Nestor Plasencia as a limited production cigar.
The Edge is advertised as “Full Full Full” in terms of body. and is aimed at “professional smokers only” sporting a warning label on the box. The components include a Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, and filler comprised of tobacco from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Panama.
While difficult to find, the cigar has a reasonable price point around the $5.00 per single range, or $400.00 per tray of one hundred. The line, as it seems, is made up of two vitolas which include a Toro (52 x 6.00) and a Torpedo (52 x 6.00)
The first thing that stands out on the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra is the bright red band at the foot. The text and logo are both small and make the band appear simple and classy. Upon closer inspection I found the wrapper leaf to be the shade or caramel with dark veins running from head to foot. The veins felt flat when handled but stood out to the eye due to the color variation between them and the wrapper leaf.
When handled I found the texture to be smooth with minor lumps from the veins. When pinched the cigar felt firm and evenly packed with tobacco from head to foot. After a quick and easy cut with a guillotine cutter, I had my cigar opened up and producing a good pre light draw.
After toasting and lighting I had my Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra evenly lit and producing a generous supply of thick smoke. Throughout the first third the body is firmly planted in the full range with a very thick and heavy finish. After expelling the smoke from my mouth I could feel the heft of the smoke for a few minutes before it began to fade.
The flavor is fairly dull at this point, it just tastes like a cigar (as odd as that may sound). I was unable to pick up any distinct flavors other than a natural tobacco sweetness. The strength of the cigar was about the only thing that stood out and demanded attention.
After developing for over an inch I found the ash to be dense and tightly compacted while being light in color. The burn line was thin and even while producing an average amount of resting smoke. The room aroma was heavy while not being offensive. The draw remained good with enough resistance to keep me from smoking too quickly.
After around ninety minutes of puffing, I found myself into the second third of my RP Edge Sumatra. The body has remained in the full range and progressed steadily as I smoked deeper into the stick. The finish continues to be very thick and heavy on the palate. Just as before, a few minutes after expelling the smoke I could still feel the heaviness of it.
The flavors popped in the second third and became much more dynamic. The natural tobacco sweetness developed into a richer flavor while picking up sort of a mild acidic sweetness. The flavors contrasted each other well enough to spark my interest and keep me entertained.
The ash remained firm and light in color but was beginning to look a little ragged. When the ash was knocked into the ashtray it did not break cleanly and left bits and pieces in an unattractive fashion. The burn rate was excellent as seemed to be lasting much longer than I would have expected, while the burn line remained thin and even.
After nearly two hours of smoking my RP Edge Sumatra I found myself into the final third. The body continued to build further into the full spectrum while maintaining a thick, heavy finish. At this point I was beginning to develop a headache which I would only attribute to the strength of the cigar and the nicotine packed within its leaves.
The flavor remained a rich natural tobacco flavor with secondary flavors of wood. The mild acidic sweetness remained and still did a nice job of contrasting the flavors of the smoke. The downside was that the deeper into the smoke I went, the harsher the cigar became. Initially it wasn’t bad but by the time I got down to abut an inch and a half it was time to lay it down in the ashtray.
The burning characteristics of the cigar remained the same. The ash was light in color while being firm and compacted. The burn rate was excellent and produced a thin and even burn line.
By the time I reached the end of this cigar I had developed the same opinion that I have with the other Edge varieties. That is, they start off all strength, develop nice flavor, then turn harsh before even getting close to being a nub in the ashtray.
If you like your cigars full then this may be just the one for you. I like my cigars full but this one just seemed to be all strength and lacked the finer points. Being someone that doesn’t typically care for Rocky Patel products, I’m not totally surprised that I didn’t care for this too much.
For those of you in the Rocky Patel fan club, I have no doubt you will enjoy this cigar much more so than I have.