Rocky patel The Edge Candela

Whenever an unexpected package of cigars comes in the mail, it is always a treat that I have yet to take for granted. So when I saw a box in the mail from Patrick V. of Rocky Patel cigars, I was excited. Then I opened the box… Rocky Patel The Edge Candela. My first thought was “Oh no…” I’ve never had a Candela wrapper, but I’ve heard varying, mostly negative, comments about them.

Screw it, I decided to have this site, so it’s only fair to give the Candela a chance. You know the drill… I paired with fine filtered Florida tap water and smoked a couple of these cigars…


Wrapper: Habano Seed Candela

Binder & Filler: Secret, shhhh!

Size: Toro 6 x 52

Price: Around $6.40


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was… green. A few minor veins were noticeable but no real flaws to speak of. The wrapper smelled like it looked. Sort of grassy and earthy. The foot had a slight earthy odor as well. The cigar was solidly packed, with barely a hard or soft spot. The draw had slight resistance, and had a grassy/earthy flavor.

The ash held for around an inch, and the burn required no corrections.

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The first third was pretty mild. The flavors were hard for me to pin down. The main flavor reminded me of Lipton Tea without any sweetener. Behind it was an earthiness with a pinch of grassiness. Retrohaling revealed an easy peppery spice that had no burn. The smoke feel was very dry and left me craving water.

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The second third kept that earthy, tea like core flavor. The spice through the nose basically went away, but I would pick it up from time to time. The smoke feel boarded on creaminess, yet remained dry. I didn’t crave water as much though.

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The last third had an increase in strength and body that fell in the upper mild to lower medium range. The flavors didn’t really change at all, they just felt bolder, if that makes sense. There MAY have been a tinge of sweetness, but it was so mild that I had a hard time picking it up.

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To my delight, this was a decent mild to lower medium bodied cigar. The flavors were simple, and I can’t remember the last time I tasted tea in a cigar. I guess that makes it unique, to me at least. I can see this one being all over the map in terms of acceptance. If I smoke more of these, it will be in the morning with coffee. That’s just my .02.

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7 Responses to “Rocky patel The Edge Candela”

Vulture April 13th, 2012 at 10:45 am

I was hoping you’d get to review these. What would you put them up against in the Mild-lower medium range?

Vulture April 13th, 2012 at 10:46 am

ps, RP linked to this review on the Facebook page. Hi to all the RP fans!

Patrick April 13th, 2012 at 10:57 am

Cool! Had not idea RP had a candela. I need to smoke one.

Micah April 13th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I can’r wait to get my hands on a few of these. I’ve always liked candelas. The grassy/ hay flavor you get is great, as long as there is a touch of creaminess to the smoke. It’s kind of like cedar flavor in a cigar. If there’s no creaminess to balance out the cedar, it’s like you’ve slept in someone’s cedar hope chest for a week!

JohnG April 15th, 2012 at 8:07 am

Well then, I gotta give it a try. Thanks Tom.

Tom April 18th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Vulture – I don’t think I have a good answer. They kind of had a unique taste, which I assume is due to the candela wrapper. If something comes to mind, I’ll post it.

Patrick – Me either. Candela’s have been off of my radar completely until Patrick sent me these. Worth a try.

Micah – Yup it sounds like this may be up your alley. Curious what you will think of them.

JohnG – Since our taste is similar, I think you’ll find something good in this cigar.

Vulture April 19th, 2012 at 9:29 am

oh the agony!! Now I will really have to hunt one of these down.

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