Rocky Patel has been one of the innovators in the cigar industry over the past 15 years. He is one of the hardest working (and partying) guys in the industry. the Edge Series is one of his most recognizable lines. It was introduced with no band! His signature coffins of 100 cigars became one of the most noticeable and sought after cigars in the humidor. Note: Due to retailers placing other manufacturer’s cigars in the coffins, a foot band was added several years ago.
The Edge line was originally introduced in Corojo and Maduro with a Toro and Torpedo as the only sizes. Over the years, additional sizes have been added as well as Connecticut Shade and Habano wrappers. For 2014, Rocky Patel Cigars is introducing the B52, which is a 4 1/2 x 60 size in both Maduro and Corojo. They will be boxed in 30 count cabinets. It was announced on Facebook here.
I am reviewing the Corojo today.
Size: 4½ x 60
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Construction and Appearance: The Edge B52 is an attractive medium-brown color with thin veins and a mottled texture but consistent in color. It has a rough texture, but is packed very firm and has a generous cap. Like the rest of the Edge line, it has a foot band. This one is orange with the RP logo and Rocky Patel in script appearing as a patterned background in brown and B52 in brown with white outline scattered in the pattern.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the B52 has a strong earth scent with some sweetness. The foot has spicy notes with a lighter aroma than the wrapper and strong hay notes with hints of molasses. I use a large ring bullet punch to prepare the B52 for smoking. The pre-light draw yields a pleasant pepper note along with a molasses sweetness.
Smoking Characteristics: Upon lighting the B52, the initial draws are very woody and dry. There is a tangy note and pleasant pepper spice that does not overwhelm. Retrohaling reveals a medium body of flavor and strength with adequate smoke production and a draw that is tighter than I prefer. The flavors are all very pleasing and consistent with other Rocky Patel Edge Corojo cigars I have smoked. The woody notes continue to dominate with only the slightest presence of the molasses noted on the unlit cigar. The ash is holding firm through the first inch with very little flaking.
The second third of the B52 sees a softening of flavors. The sweet molasses notes begin to increase as the woody notes subside. The burn that had been uneven during the initial light has evened out with no corrections and the ash is still holding firm.
The final third of the B52 has an increase of intensity of all flavors. A wonderful pepper note begins to come to the forefront of the profile. However, it is not overpowering and plays well with the woody tones and just the right sweetness to keep the strength from souring. I smoke the B52 to the end with great draw, smoke production, and a pleasant nicotine buzz.
Conclusion: The B52 is a nice smoke. There are no surprises and it smokes cosistently throughout the whole cigar. Some might comment that the short 60 ring format is strikingly similar to the Nub line from Oliva, but I can say this size should be a nice addition to the Edge line. Hopefully we will see it in the Connecticut and Habano wrappers later this year. With the amount of millipounds of tobacco packed into this vitola, it does not translate into a shorter smoking time. I will definitely be smoking more of these.