Twenty years ago, Rocky Patel started working on a project called The Edge. At the time it was a cigar that was packaged in 100-count crates and was originally unbanded. Eventually footer bands were added, and many additional blends were added to the line. This year, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars pays homage to the work that started 20 years ago with The Edge 20th Anniversary.
Like the original Edge, the Edge 20th Anniversary features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that has been aged ten years. Rocky says that over the years, blue mold forced many farmers to start growing the hybrid Habano 2000 wrapper, but the Edge 20th Anniversary uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper from the original seeds.
The rest of the blend consists of a Honduran binder, and fillers from the Honduras and Panama. Unlike those original Edge cigars, these cigars use traditional banding and come in 20-count boxes in three sizes: Robusto (5 1/2 x 50, SRP $11.00), Toro (6 x 52, SRP $12.00), and Sixty (6 x 60, SRP $13.50). Production for The Edge 20th Anniversary comes out of El Paraiso in Honduras.
The Rocky Patel Edge 20th Anniversary is expected to ship to retailers in September.
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