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. These reviews are all made possible by my friends at CigarsDirect.com. 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.
Believe it or not, at the time of this writing, I have never smoked an Edge cigar of an variety. 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
For this series I will be smoking The Edge Lite Torpedo.
So that’s the run down on these cigars. My plan is to knock out these reviews in short order so they will be available over the next week or two weeks so stay tuned in. And remember, you can pickup your own Edge cigars online at CigarsDirect.com.
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