I’m a huge fan of the Rocky Patel Edge line which includes the Corojo, Maduro, Candela, Sumatra and Lite lines. At any given time I have at least 15 Rocky Patel Edge Maduro’s aging in my humidor. When I heard about the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra I was eager to get my hands on them. Unfortunately as a Canadian, it’s not just as easy as walking into my local B&M to pick some up. So on a previous trip to Denver, in January 2014, I went into Jerri’s Tobacco Ship & Fine Wines and snagged various singles for later review.
The Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra comes in only two vitolas. The Toro (6” x 52 RG) and the Torpedo (6” x 52 RG). They are sold as singles, 5 packs, 20 count boxes and also 100 count chests.
“If you’re a fan of the Rocky Patel Edge series this is a must buy for you.”
The nose on the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra is cinnamon, cedar, pepper when I deeply inhale. Coffee and spices emanate from the wrapper. This is undoubtedly one of the most complex noses I’ve come across to date.
The cold draw is pepper with sweet tobacco. At this point I’m definitely eager to light up.
My initial flavor impressions are sweet tobacco and pepper. There are some great spices that come in to finish each draw. I find the pepper, spices and sweetness settles in nicely to not overpower each other. Everything is at about a medium strength. I also picked up chocolate and coffee through the retrohale.
The middle third has the sweetness increase to a medium-full level as it picks up. The retrohale transitions to become more pepper. I’m tasting a significant amount of wood in the primary profile with spices again rounding it out. Again, very balanced throughout the entire middle third.
The last third has a flavor profile that is very consistent to the middle third. I’m picking up hay and spice on the retrohale.
If you’re a fan of the Rocky Patel Edge series this is a must buy for you. There definitely isn’t as much ligero pepper as the Maduro line but adds some interesting spicy notes and overall I think more flavor complexity. I’ll be on the lookout for a few 5 packs of these the next time I travel down to the United States.