Here we have the Rocky Patel Edge Missile, weighing in at 5×48 and in a maduro wrapper. The Edge is available in both maduro and corojo wrappers, each in Toro (6×52), Torpedo (6×52) and Missile (5×48) sizes. Though I have no first-hand evidence, I have been told that these now sport a band on the foot because some retailers were passing bundles off as these when they were out-of-stock. So take that bit of information with the same grain of salt that goes with any he-said, she-said information.
Pre-light the wrapper appeared dark and oily with one medium-sized vein running the length of the cigar. The give, when squeezed, is virtually nil. This cigar is near hard as a rock with only a couple of small spaces with any additional give. At this point I’m going through what else I have in my humidor that might be smokable, dreading the draw that is to follow clipping the cap. To my surprise, after snipping the head the draw is perfect. I love it when that happens. 🙂
The foot lights quickly and easily and the first few draws deliver the nice, earthy maduro flavors with just a bit of sweetness from the wrapper. The burn starts off a bit uneven, but leaves behind a very attractive light-gray and very firm ash. The sweetness from the wrapper disappears within the first inch being replaced with the rich, earthy maduro flavors that I have come to love.
The second third brings more of the same earth maduro flavors with hints of cocoa, something I’ve almost come to expect from a fine maduro-wrapped cigar. Speed really has to be watched with this cigar, smoking faster than it wants gives a harsh and bitter flavor that is not to be enjoyed. I’m not a big Rocky Patel fan in general, with only the Vintage 1999 really catching my fancy to date (not so much the 1990 or 1992). Given that this cigars is advertised as ‘not for beginners’ I was expecting a super full body and a nicotine kick from hell. However, I found the body to be just on the full side of medium, building to a full but not what I was expecting.
The finish is long, with the earthy maduro flavors lingering on the palate. I’m still really fighting to keep the burn straight, somewhat distracting from the otherwise pleasant flavors. After a few more minutes I draw tired of fighting the burn and opt to allow the cigar to extinguish itself in the ashtray. I’ve got a couple more of these in the humidor, and while these have already been sitting for a couple of months I’ll allow the others to sit a while longer. Hopefully the additional humidor time will help the burn to straighten out, the construction seems otherwise very good. At roughly $4/each I could see these as a welcome addition to the lineup, but not if I have to fight the burn like this every time.