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Stogie Reviews: Rocky Patel Edge Toro Maduro

9 Oct 2008

A few days ago, I received an email requesting a review of the generously-proportioned Battalion Maduro from Rocky’s Edge line of cigars. I never seem to have exactly what readers want in my stash, but I did find a handful of Toros and—with a promise to track down a few Battalions in the foreseeable future—embarked upon this review.

The Edge line was launched in 2004 to great fanfare. Aside from its reasonable price and creative marketing scheme (The slogan, even for Corojos: “Professional Smokers Only. Smoke While Sitting Down.”), I’d bet much of the success was due to Rocky’s decision to sell the blend naked. In 2006, though, he added thin bands across the bottom of each stick, perhaps a result of his claim that The Edge is “the most imitated” cigar on the market.

I found a lot of conflicting information about the blend’s makeup. What I do know, according to Rocky’s website, is the binder is Nicaraguan and the filler is “secret.” Rocky quips, “I guarantee you we have tobacco in that cigar from a special country that nobody [else] uses.” What nation could it be? Finland? Anyways, our friends at KOTF note that The Edge is produced in conjunction with the Plasencia family in Danli, Honduras.

At six inches in length with a ring gauge of 52, the Toro’s maduro wrapper is firm, oily, and dark with few veins and carefully applied seams. The cream-colored band across the tightly-wrapped foot is unique and attention-grabbing, almost drawing you in to the mouth-watering prelight notes of espresso.

The cigar is advertised as a full-bodied, make-you-weak-in-the-knees experience, and the first few inches certainly deliver. I found lots of peppercorn and what can be described as a bitter black coffee flavor. The thick smoke has lots of texture with a hearty, biting aftertaste.

The last four inches are very similar in taste, if not a bit more mellow. It took me an average of about 100 minutes each to smoke three Toros, and I found even burns, clear draws, and solid gray ashes across the board.

Whether or not this cigar lives up to its laughable warning—many reviews claim it doesn’t, but what cigar could?—is not all that important. The bottom line is it delivers tons of enjoyable, albeit predictable, flavor with good physical properties. Plus, the price is sub-$5 whether you buy by the bundle or by the rustic wooden cabinet of 100.

My advice? If you’re into powerful smokes, go ahead and pick up a stash of your own. Just remember to smoke them on a full stomach. I give the Rocky Patel Edge Toro Maduro four stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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10 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Rocky Patel Edge Toro Maduro”

  1. raul Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 2:34 am #

    Great cigar… one of my favorite maduros, and very reasonably priced.

  2. xjvpastor Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 3:44 am #

    Thanks fro the review! It is nice to know that others agree!

  3. litedave Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    They taste like a steak with lots of gusto. Very finely rolled. Nice draw with plenty of aromatic smoke floating slowly into the atmosphere.

  4. paul Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    I wanted a strong smoke and someone recommended this RPE maduro. The first one pulled horribly and required relights. But I gave it a 2nd shot.. and I am glad I did. Now my #1 maduro followed closely by the Camacho SLR maduro.

  5. litedave Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    A great smoke for a sunday afternoon and a glass of red wine. Plan to buy more. This cigar is surprisingly smooth and balanced. Nice aroma around my nose.

  6. tj Monday, August 17, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    I just had one on the weekend and wow was i happy with it. excellent draw, great flavours all the way to the end and perfect ash. I will definitely buy more!

  7. Andrew Carpenter Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    I linked your review in my blog, A Smoke and a Song.

  8. Jason Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Fantastic smoke, especially for the price. Was totally blown away by the smoothness. Lots of flavor but a very smooth smoke. No idea why anyone would need to try the Edge Lite considering how mellow this one is!

  9. ear; Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    i shit me pants after smoking this. paired with diesel fuel

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