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Rocky Patel’s “The Edge” Torpedo (Maduro)

My Review: 7

If you are not a cigar smoker, then the subject of this post is probably gibberish. For the unenlightened, allow me to explain:

  • Rocky Patel is is a manufacturer of premium handrolled cigars.
  • The Edge is the brand of a particular cigar, visible in the ring label on the cigar, as well as the box the cigars are shipped in.
  • Torpedo refers to the shape of the cigar. A torpedo shape is more difficult to roll than a straight shape, and some smokers prefer this configuration.
  • Maduro refers to the type of wrapper, the tobacco leaf on the outside of the cigar. Maduro is the darkest shade of wrapper, and usually imparts a spicier, stronger smoke. Maduro is dark brown, sometimes almost black.

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I wasn’t able to find a picture of the maduro – pictured here is the same cigar with a “natural” or “Connecticut shade” wrapper. Generally this makes for a smoother, milder smoke.

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This is a “Churchill” sized cigar by the same manufacturer, Rocky Patel.

The maduro Edge torpedo impressed me for several different reasons.

First, the maduro wrapper is extremely dark and quite oily. It has a beautiful sheen to it, and a good texture when you roll it between your fingers. The taste of the cigar, even unlit, was extremely strong and spicy. In the past I have indulged in a variety of different tobacco related vices, chewing tobacco being one of them. I generally prefer Skoal when I chew tobacco (with Skoal it’s usually called dip, or dipping) but I have used Red Man and other long cut chewing tobaccos. This cigar, unlit in my mouth, tasted strongly reminiscent of dark Red Man chewing tobacco. In smoking the cigar, I found it almost uncomfortably spicy at the very beginning. But after about 5 minutes, it mellowed out and became a really enjoyable, very strong smoke.

I also am partial to torpedo shaped cigars. I just like the look and style of them. I think they’re fun. You do need to generally cut them with a guillotine cutter, a style that snips off the end of the cigar (as opposed to a hole-punch style or wedge-cut style, but the guillotine is the most common type of cutter around, so it’s not usually a big deal. The only other drawback with torpedoes is the fact that you can’t (very effectively) bite off the end of the cigar. With straight shapes, this is actually a very easy and effective way to get going, but torpedoes are too rigid on the very end of the cigar.

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This is an example of a good guillotine cutter, by Zino of Davidoff.

This particular cigar was 6 ” long, and has a 52 ring gauge . The ring gauge is the diameter of the cigar, and is measured in 64th’s of an inch. So a 52 ring gauge means that the diameter is 52/64th’s of an inch. On a torpedo, you always give the ring gauge as it exists on the front end of the cigar. This is important to note because unlike with straight shaped cigars, the diameter of a torpedo gets smaller further back from the front (hence the name “torpedo”).

One other thing I liked about the cigar was the label, sometimes called the ring. Rocky Patel put the label for these on the very front of the cigar, which looked kind of cool. It is a potentially dangerous move because sometimes the ring (which is attached using a little dab of gum based adhesive) can stick to the wrapper of the cigar; it’s possible to tear the cigar wrapper in trying to remove the label, and many people will leave the label on while they smoke so as to avoid tearing up their cigar. But I had no problem removing mine.

There are two reason that this cigar did not get a better rating (though 7 is still quite strong) and neither of them is the fault of the cigar itself. The first one was price; these suckers cost $7.00 a piece. That’s not really so bad for a store (brick and mortar retail shop) bought cigar. But generally I buy my cigars online (or “acquire” them form my Dad) which is much, much cheaper. Rarely am I spending more than $3 or $4 per stick, so it hurts a little to spend $7.00 on any cigar.

The second reason is that I only smoked one of them. As much as taste, appearance, fragrance and feel factor in to the rating of a smoke, there is one other factor that trumps them all. Consistency. A cigar needs to not only taste and look good once – it needs to do it again and again.

If I get a hold of some more of these and smoke a lot of them, I may update the rating here.

I found another review of this cigar from which I liberated one of my pictures. That review is visible here.

The Edge was a good, strong, dark and vicious (in a good way) smoke. A strong 7.

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