I recently smoked the Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo, a nice cigar that’s a bit overpriced for its grade. I have provided my full review below. This content uses referral links.
A recent shipment from Cigar of the Month included the Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo. This was a good cigar, a solid B smoke.
Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo
A Honduran cigar with a secret blend of Panamanian and Nicaraguan fillers, a dual Nicaraguan and Honduran wrapper, and a Corojo leaf wrapper, this cigar offered an interesting flavor profile.
Cigar of the Month recommends smoking this cigar after dinner with an espresso. As is my usual habit when tasting cigars, however, I enjoyed mine with a good cup of coffee. They went together fine.
In my grading system and review below, I have adopted the Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado method. It provides an excellent system for keeping track of my favorite smokes, and I recommend it to any cigar smoker.
Time of the Smoke
It took me about an hour and a half to smoke through this cigar.
Look of the Label
The label was on the foot, which is why there is no label in the photo. I had to remove it before lighting up, which I don’t like. Nonetheless, it was fine. It was minimalist and subdued. (I’ve posted a picture of the band below.)
The Edge B52’s Condition
The Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo came in excellent condition. My only criticism is that it was a bit too veiny with very distinct seams, causing me some concern about the quality of the burn. These fears, unfortunately, did come to fruition, though not disastrously so.
Feel of the Cigar
This cigar felt perfectly all around. It was consistent and had just the right amount of give on the squeeze throughout.
Aroma of the Wrapper
The pre-lit cigar smelled terrific. The aroma was of cocoa, cream, earth, and leather, surprisingly smooth and blended together with a perfect subtlety.
The cut was perfect, particularly for the size. I was able to slice off the cap quickly and without issue, leaving the structure of the cigar intact.
Lighting the Edge B52
The Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo lit up reasonably quickly and without much issue.
The draw on this cigar was absolutely perfect from beginning to end. It provided just the right amount of resistance consistently from the first light until I set it down. It made for a wonderfully relaxing smoke.
On the retrohale, the Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo had strong notes of pepper that nonetheless did not irritate my sinuses. Still, I found it to be just a little bland.
The Edge B52’s Flavor
On the cold draw, I picked up notes of cream and leather. After the light, the Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo had hints of leather. I really couldn’t pick up much of anything else, and, like the retrohale, I found it to be a bit bland overall.
Aroma of the Smoke
After the first light, the cigar’s smoke smelled of earth and leather. It had a strong aroma to it that was just a little bit too much for my taste.
The burn started off just a little uneven at first, which is not atypical of premium cigars. However, it never evened up and caused me problems throughout. I had to touch it up three different times.
The ash was way too weak. It fell on my lap several times without warning.
Effect of the Smoke
I know that this is a bit of an odd category to consider. As the author of The Cigar Journal: For the Discerning Aficionado notes, however, if the best-tasting cigar in the world makes you sick, it’s not a great cigar for you.
This area is, therefore, very personal. Some low-quality cigars will make most people sick. Still, when you’re talking about premium cigars, different people will react differently to different cigars.
The Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo left me feeling relaxed and mellow, precisely what I want.
The Edge B52’s Tobacco
The Rocky Patel The Edge B52 Corojo showed itself to be well-made here. No flakes of tobacco found their way into my mouth at any point during the smoke.
The Edge B52 Corojo Final Grade
Overall, this was a good cigar that I nonetheless believe, at $6.77 per stick, is a bit too high for the experience it offers. But it has received plenty of accolades, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Final Grade: 86 / B
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