This Rocky Patel Edge Habano "Nicaraguan Edition" was a pre-release cigar sent to me from CigarBrief from their "Roll Like a Blogger" contest.
I spent some time smelling this cigar and I was able to pick up sweet tobacco with some notes of spicy pepper.
This pre-release has a dark brown wrapper with flat veins running throughout. No flaws are found on the wrapper, cap or foot. For a pre-release this is a well constructed cigar. It was adorned with a very basic white band identifying it as an Edge Nicaragua. The final release of this cigar will have a bright blue band.
The first few puffs started off almost exactly like an Undercrown with a medium amount of spice for the first few puffs. The first then transitioned into a barbeque meat flavor and roasted nuts. After a few minutes for the first to settle and it establishes itself as a really interesting mix of earth and roasted nuts. At the halfway point of first third a sweet creaminess comes through. It becomes spicy on the draw and a creamy after taste on the exhale.
More barbeque meat flavor came through as the middle third started. The flavors from the first carried through as a great balance of creaminess, nuts and earth. The Edge Habano really hits it's high point here and I'm quite enjoying it,
The final third began with lots of cedar and oak notes. The creaminess really dropped off here but at no point did I find the earthy flavors to become too powerful or dominant.
The Edge had some slightly uneven burn at the beginning that corrected itself after about 20 - 25 minutes. Draw was smooth with no issues. Total smoking time was almost exactly and hour and a half.
Singles on the released version are going for around $5-$6. They can also be found in bundles or boxes of 20 for between $95-$110. For the serious Edge collectors you can step up to the box of 100 ranging from $440-$550. This is an excellent value for the flavor these sticks bring to the table.
This is another tasty Edge offering from Rocky Patel. I've already added this to my wishlist for a future box by. The overall strength is listed as a full but I would rank this in the medium category. If you're a fan of other Rocky Patel sticks, or enjoy the flavor notes listed here pick up a few singles to try them for yourself.