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Rocky Patel The Edge Corojo Robusto Staff Review

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Zack D.

I am reviewing one Rocky Patel’s most popular cigars today, The Edge Corojo, in a 5.5 x 50 Robusto. Over the last 25 years, Rocky Patel has built his brand into one of the biggest cigar companies in the industry. From 1995 to 2003, Rocky operated Indian Tabac Cigars before introducing cigars with his name on the label. The Edge is one of Rocky’s earliest hits and is a bestseller in his portfolio today.

It seems crazy now that The Edge was originally only available in 100-count boxes. The rough and rugged box would occupy a wide chunk of space on retail shelves. Due to budget-friendly pricing, the cigars sold quickly. Originally, The Edge was only available in Maduro and Corojo wrappers. Today, the cigar is blended in multiple wrapper varietals, including Ecuador Connecticut, Habano, and Candela. Although I usually prefer the sweetness of a Maduro, when it comes to The Edge, the Corojo wrapper is my choice.

The packaging of Rocky Patel The Edge has always intrigued me. Each cigar has the band placed on the foot instead of towards the cap. The most interesting part of the packaging is the sticker on the inside of the box lid which reads, “ORIGINAL EDGE. BEWARE OF ALL IMITATIONS.” This was originally intended as a funny gimmick aimed at other inexpensive brands packaged in similarly rustic-looking boxes.

The Edge is handmade in Danli, Honduras at Nestor Plasencia’s factory. Although the cigar is rolled in Honduras, it features a bold blend of Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos with a Nicaraguan binder. The cigar is finished with an oily, reddish-hued Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper. Pre-light aromas of leather, cinnamon, and oak emerge while the cold draw offers hints of almonds, nutmeg, and prunes.

Upon lighting The Edge, dry notes of spices and charred wood stand out. As the aged tobaccos warm, the profile becomes slightly acidic with underlying hints of espresso and leather. The flavors remain fairly consistent until about the two-inch mark when an odd tasting note enters. I can best describe it as mulch-like.

Halfway through The Edge, the flavors balance out. The profile is still very earthy with notes of wood and leather. Hints of cinnamon and almonds enter and entice the palate. Toward the end of The Edge, I pick up some sweet cocoa notes. The finish is very dry with a slight bitterness.

Even though the flavor profile didn’t quite meet my expectations, the cigar’s construction more than made up for it. The Edge Corojo burned exceptionally well and the draw was superb. The chalk-white ash held on for two inches at a time, a true sign of good construction. The cigar is sneaky strong. I felt this blend was medium-bodied throughout the majority of the smoke, however at the end I realized I should have eaten first. The Edge definitely concludes with a full-bodied finish.

The Edge was introduced as a budget-friendly option in the Rocky Patel portfolio. Today you can buy an even cheaper version, Rocky Patel The Edge 2nds, when available. If you haven’t tried Rocky Patel cigars, you are missing out. Shop a huge number of Rocky’s bestselling boxes and bundles and save big. Holt’s is your #1 shop for the lowest prices on Rocky Patel cigars!

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