Cigar of the Week: Rocky Patel Edge Lite torpedo

Rocky Patel Edge Lite torpedo cigar

Brand: Rocky Patel
Line: Edge Lite
Vitola: Torpedo (6 x 52)
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Natural Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan/Honduran
Body: Mild
Strength: Medium
Box Price: $89.00 (Box of 20)

Blue Havana in Chicago has a free monthly smoke that I enjoy attending. But to truly get an idea of the type of shop it is, consider this: It’s part of The Alley group of stores on Belmont Avenue, a trendy little strip on the city’s North Side.

The May 2008 smoke, hosted by Rocky Patel, featured several of the company’s Edge sticks. And while I usually enjoy a medium-to-full bodied stick, I enjoyed the Rocky Patel Edge Lite so much that I picked up a couple to review.

The Rocky Patel Edge Lite has a smooth, slightly veiny wrapper and a good prelight draw. I noticed hints of almonds — almost marzipan — to start, so when I lit up, I wasn’t surprised that I got a toasty, nutty, slightly sweet flavor right off the bat. As the cigar progressed, it picked up hints of leather and cream.

As I smoked it down to the nub — it generally takes about 75 to 80 minutes — I noticed it stayed cool the whole time, which is a must-have for me. The Rocky Patel Edge Lite also had a good draw, along with an even burn and solid, dark-gray ash.

Verdict: One of the best $4-$5 cigars you’ll smoke, and at this price, I can think of some $8 smokes this outperforms. Not too overpowering for beginners, but a nice break for veteran smokers as well. (Mollie, my girlfriend, also liked this one!)

Similar cigars: I couldn’t think of an exact cigar to compare the Rocky Patel Edge Lite to, but the AVO Classic and the 5 Vegas Gold came to mind.

(Note: This review originally appeared on CigarJack.)

One comment

  1. Norton

    In all honesty: I love my Rocky P's. For me it is the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Junior. The taste and the draw is great and they are not that expensive. Really good to enjoy myself.

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