After a long night of studying and writing a paper, I looked at the clock and it was a little after 5am. Paper is due by 9:30am so I beat the deadline well in advance. To ease my nerves and congratulate myself on a very well written paper, I decided to go light up a stick. I went up to my dorm room, threw on clothes I don't care about smelling like smoke, grabbed a bottle of water, lighter, cutter, and headed out to relax!
My campus has designated smoking areas so I had to walk to a spot (luckily across the street from my dorm). It was about 35F outside and I could tell it was going to be a tad rough on the wrapper.
The cigar I chase was a....
Rocky Patel Edge Sumatra! (bombed to me by @B-daddy )Size: 6 x 52
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
This stick has been in my humi for exactly 2 weeks, plus however long Brian let it rest before sending it to me.
As soon as I clipped the cap, the wrapper began to crack around the top. This was a sign of it going from 70F/65RH to 35F/45RH? outside. Cold draw was a tad bit of chocolate but was mostly woody/hay tasting. This stick lit up quick and easily. Through the first 1/3, the burn was razor even, tastes of cedar and raisin were evident. Everything of this stick was good thus far.
Through the 2/3 point, the wrapper went to hell. Cracking all over the place and falling off, but the stick itself did not implode like many other sticks do. There was some light pepper but still mostly cedar flavor to this point.
The last 1/3 was rough. It began getting hot and the flavors of chocolate and hay were coming back but were bitter. I set it down as I was having a conversation with some guys who were smoking cigs and let the stick slow down. I picked it back up after about 3 minutes and finished it like a champ. The flavors smoothed out nicely and had strong flavors of leather.
Overall I really liked this stick, it really calmed the nerves and would love to get my hands on some more. Its good now, I can only imagine what some rest would do for these!