I received some samples from General Cigar that I have used for this review. In the past when I have smoked some Punch Rare Corojos I didn’t think they were spectacular but they were solid cigars. This cigar might be a little better than solid.
The look of the wrapper is a mottled combination of mostly dark brown and some lighter brown. Box pressed, this cigar looks like the wrapper was stretched a little too much as there are a few instances of stretch marks near the veins of the wrapper. Other than that the cap cuts nicely for me and the wrapper has a moderate amount of oils on it.
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Connecticut Corojo
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaragua & Honduras
It starts out very nice if not a bit too aggressively. According to the cover letter that was sent along with these samples spice is something that they strive for in the formulation of these cigars. Well, they achieved what they set out to do. What is nice about this version of spice is that while it is strong it is not crazily strong. Buffeting the spice is a nice mixture of cherry and oak. Even though I rarely drink wine that is the kind of fruity/oaky flavor that I think I am getting here. (Don’t ask me what variety of wine it reminds me of – suffice it to say it’s something red. Very tanniny I think.)
During the end of the first third the burn starts to go a little off. I have corrected it and I hope that it doesn’t affect the flavors too much because I am liking this cigar. I have run into varying degrees of this problem with the previous samples I have tried, so be forewarned.
The second third presents somewhat of a reversal of the first third in that the cherry and oak flavors are now dominant and the spice is taking on a lesser role. Actually, I almost think it’s more accurate to say that all three flavors are basically on equal footing here. What I am tasting here is very enjoyable and is in line with what I have experienced with my previous samples.
Harsh is not an unfair description of the final third. The main flavor is burnt hay but the cherry flavor still peaks through from time to time. It is a medium-full bodied cigar with a good-loose draw and the burn had to be corrected a couple of times. After that first significant adjustment to the burn during the first third there were a couple of minor adjustments.
Overall, I liked this cigar. The first two thirds were very enjoyable and I think nearly everybody can find something to like from them. The final third, on the other hand, did have some problems that I have already noted. Like my memories of the Punch Rare Corojo this is likewise a solid cigar.