Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release)

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release)

Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release)

Size:  Toro (6″x52)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Seed)

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler:  Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-Full

Price:  (IPCPR Pre-Release Sample) $6.15 msrp

Grade: 8.7

My last night at the IPCPR show I ended up hanging out with some members of the Rocky Patel Cigars marketing team.  I can’t remember their names at the moment.  I told one of them it had been awhile since I had smoked a Rocky as I had gravitated away from the brand over the last few years.  I was invited to come visit the booth on Monday and take a look at their offerings for 2012.  I spent a good 45 minutes at the Rocky booth Monday morning and was given a sample bag with a number of Rocky’s new releases.  One of the Cigars in the bag that I was eager to try was the new Edge Habano.

There was a time where I smoked a lot of the Edge Maduro,  I found them to be a good value and worthy to smoke if I was taking a long drive or involved in some other activity where I wouldn’t want to smoke something with a higher price point or a cigar that required more attention to truly appreciate.

Like I said, it had been a while since I had had an Edge, but this new one sounded promising.  According to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars the Edge Habano is a Nicaraguan Puro (a first for the Edge line-up) featuring a Habano Seed wrapper with tobaccos from the three main growing areas in Nicaragua; Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega. The Rocky Patel Edge Habano is scheduled to ship to stores on September 15.

Pre-Light:  (1.7)  The Edge Habano has a smooth, dark, and oily wrapper.  There are several prominent veins running through the wrapper leaf.  The seams are crisp and the cigar is topped off with a triple cap.   The samples I received did not have the final blue band as shown in Rocky Patel literature, but instead had a simple white band with the words “Edge Nicaraguan” in type set.

The scent off the foot revealed a combination of coffee bean and hay.  The pre-light draw had a surprisingly faint flavor of wet hay.

Burn:  (1.9) I was quite impressed with the construction on the Edge Habano.  The draw was open with a hint of resistance.  The burn-line was mostly crisp and the ash was strong and could hold past the 2″ mark.

Flavor:  (2.5)  At first light the Edge Habano presents flavors of hay, coffee, and a moderately peppery spice that lasts on the finish.  The hay flavor quickly fades away and there is a woodsy note that joins the coffee and spice along with a very mild cocoa as the first third progresses.  The flavors are distinct, although not quite rich and don’t last long on the palate.  The body is medium at best at this point.

Progressing into the second third the flavors continue to present themselves in discernable, though not particularly rich, notes of coffee, mild cocoa, and a slight pepper on the finish.  As the Edge Habano progresses the cedar moves up in the profile while the other flavors move further back.  As I transition to the end of the second third I can feel the strength picking up.

The last third has a dominant cedar at its core with the coffee picking up a little more steam.  The pepper and spice also gain in strength as I work my way  towards the nub.  The last third seems to be richer than the middle third and the flavors are picking up as I get closer to the end of the cigar.  The pepper and spice also seem to be increasing.  As we get to the end of the Edge Habano the smoke has moved to being much closer to a full body.

Overall: (2.6)  I was pleasantly surprised by the Edge Habano.  The Edge Habano is definitely a good cigar for the every day rotation and one I will go back to and smoke again after they debut in stores.

It’s a good value at around $6 for a Toro of this quality and with this flavor profile.  The Edge Habanos I smoked were very well constructed cigars that had a lot of the core flavors I enjoy from Nicaraguan tobacco; coffee, cocoa, pepper, and spice.  The biggest drawback I experienced was that while the flavors I enjoyed were present, they weren’t particularly strong or complex.

I appreciate the guys at Rocky Patel Cigar Company for providing me with these samples.  Their generosity has no impact on our scoring.

Total: 8.7