Cigar Review – Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra
The Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra gained incredible popularity when it was awarded the number 24 cigar in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 Cigars of 2007. Shortly after, Rocky decided to discontinue the Sumatra line of Edge cigars because the wrapper was too expensive and would have not been at the same price point as the Edge Maduro and the Edge Corojo lines. The Edge Sumatra’s can be found in some Brick & Mortar retail shops around the country but you would have to do some serious searching to find them. However, our friends at Smoke Inn still have a hefty stock of the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra’s in stock and they were nice enough to provide these cigars for review today.
About a year ago the Rocky Patel Renaissance was released and was touted as the Edge Sumatra’s replacement, in fact I even did a comparison of the two cigar and you can click here to see that Cigar Comparison. My conclusion was/is that the Renaissance is a good cigar by itself but it does not compare to the Edge Sumatra. Continue reading this for my full review of the Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra.
Cigar: Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Panamanian
Made In: Honduras – El Paraiso Factory
Size: 6×52 Toro
Price: $32.50 per 5 Pack, $125.95 per box of 25 from Smoke Inn
Appearance & Construction: The Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra is a good looking stick. The wrapper darker brown in color and has very minimal veins. The roll looks good as there are even cut lines and a nice cap. The Edge Sumatra has only one foot band that is simple and to the point, however when I went to remove the foot band I took some wrapper along with it. It was nothing major, just something to be aware of.
Smoking Characteristics: The Edge Sumatra has an absolute perfect draw that produces a hefty amount of smoke. The burn on is dead even and the ash is solid and compact and held on for a good two inches. The Edge Sumatra performed beautifully in this category.
Flavor: The Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra starts us out with a nice sweet earthy flavor and some black pepper. After the cigar gets going a bit, the earthiness turns to more of a woody tone and the cigar picks up some coffee notes (is it too obvious to say its Sumatra coffee). The body of the Edge Sumatra is full and the strength is a bit stronger than most cigars.
Final Thoughts: The Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra was a winner from day one and with two years of age on these cigars only got better. The Edge Sumatra will not blow you away with complexity but it is a smooth cigar with a great balance of nice flavors. The price on these cigars is downright outstanding and I applaud Smoke Inn for not gouging us Cigar Enthusiasts. Sure they retailed for $5.25 when they first came out but Smoke Inn has aged these gems for us and I think the extra $1.25 is well worth it for 2 years of age. If you are a fan of Rocky Patel cigars do yourself a favor, go get yourself a box of these, hell grab two, I assure you that you will not regret it. As a side note and for what it’s worth, I was able to talk to a Rocky Patel rep and he said that he always gets asked about the Edge Sumatra. In fact so much so he has been begging Rocky to bring these back. We can only hope that the begging and pleading will pay off.
Cigar Rating: Great