The Edge line is one of the Patel standards. A no-frills smoke designed to deliver the perfect blend of flavor and value. The original Corojo and Maduro releases flew off shelves. I was impressed by the addition of the spicy Sumatra blend a couple of years ago, but the newly released Edge Habano has quickly become my favorite of the line, and one of my picks for best "bang for your buck cigar" in the store.
The dark, oily Habano wrapper signals a richness of flavor that the smoke ends up delivering in spades. The light blue band calls to mind Tobacco Road basketball teams, which may put off some fans in Maryland, but I'd encourage them to overlook any ACC-based bias.
The inital pre-light draws reveal a perfect medium-firm draw, with some light spiciness. The burn is even almost immediately, which is always a great sign for construction. The first few puffs leave a nuttiness on the front of the palate, and once the rich, thick smoke is exhaled, light pepper and cedar notes remain on the finish.There is a richness to the flavor, but it is well-balanced and medium bodied, and never overpowering.
The burn remains consistent throughout, and the richness of the smoke is supremely satisfying even as slightly bitter undercurrents emerge halfway through the stick.
The bitterness fades away in the final third of the cigar and is replaced by a slight semi-sweetness note at the front, and more pronounced cedar flavors throughout the palate.
This was the first of the torpedo size Habano I had sampled, my previous experiences had been with the toro size. I found both sizes to be similar in terms of flavor and consistency, and both to be great values in the mid-$7 range. If you've been skeptical of Rocky Patel cigars in the past, give the Habano a try, you might be surprised with what you find.