Full Disclosure: I received a couple of these from Smoke Inn. The first thing you should know about this cigar is that it is cheap. Just look at the Cigar Stats for this thing. Yeah, that’s really cheap. So it’s one of those cigars that if it tastes alright and you want to stock up […]
Punch cigars come in three different versions: Habano, maduro and double maduro. The version for this review is the Habano or natural wrapper.
It has a nice shape to it, feels good to the touch, but is very veiny. There isn’t much oil on this wrapper but the cap looks perfect. So, the construction looks good but the choice of this leaf for the wrapper concerns me.
Length: 6 1/8″
Ring Gauge: 50
Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
First impression: Wow! Toasted nuts, a nice caramel sweetness, and it is full bodied. The draw is a little bit tighter than I prefer but it is easily open enough to get the flavors through. This cigar produces a lot of smoke.
That caramel flavor just gets stronger. It has a pretty even burn and it is going well with the bourbon I am drinking. I’m thinking that the nutty flavor I am getting is almonds. You have to retrohale, or blow the smoke through your nose, to get the full force of this cigar. If you just leave the smoke in your mouth then you will miss out.
There might also be a candied cherry flavor with this cigar. It’s a very good representation of that flavor; not too strong but definitely present. And it’s actually a good thing that the draw requires a bit of effort since there is so much smoke that comes through this cigar. Well, that’s my story anyways – an easier draw would improve it somewhat.
In the end this is a really enjoyable cigar. Sometime after the halfway point the cherry flavor takes on a more prominent role. I don’t mind since all the flavors have been really pure. It’s a great cigar.