Original Edge: BEWARE of all imitations.
Often imitated but never duplicated, Rocky Patel cigars are the gold standard in the industry. Rocky Patel definitely knows his clientele. He has been producing premium cigars ranging from mild to full bodied in every price range. Following the success of The Edge Series, Rocky Patel has recreated the original to appeal to the cigar smoker seeking a mellower experience.
The Edge Connecticut Battalion is a milder version of the popular Edge cigars that put Rocky Patel on the map. The high quality and affordability made it accessible to all smokers.
Handmade in Honduras, the Edge Connecticut Battalion is a mild-to-medium bodied cigar that features the same Honduran ligero leaves of the original Edge but with an Ecuadorian Connecticut seed wrapper that provides a more mellow smoking experience without sacrificing flavor. The tobacco blend creates robust flavors of pepper, nuts and a slight earthiness with a touch of smoky peat. Along with the Connecticut wrapper, this combination delivers rich flavors with a smooth creaminess. This is the perfect everyday cigar enjoyed with your morning coffee, or after work with a Scotch with or without mellow peat smoke.
So how does Scotch whiskey obtain its level of smokiness?
Contrary to popular belief, Scotch does not receive the smoky flavor from peat, but is due to the process of drying the damp malt over a peat-heated fire infusing the smoke into the barley grain. The level of smokiness of a whisky depends on the amount of the time the barley grain is exposed to the potent peat smoke during drying. Damp malt is usually dried for approximately 30 hours. But some distilleries such as Glengoyne uses unpeated fire, whereas Laproaig dries the malt over peat for approximately 18 hours. Hence you get a broad variety ranging from extremely smoky whisky to almost completely smokeless whisky. For a middle of the road Scotch pairing with the Edge Connecticut I suggest Bruichladdich Laddie Ten Unpeated Islay Single Malt. The malt is solely unpeated, but it has been aged in casks that previously held peated whisky. I hope you enjoy this pairing.