Origin : Honduras
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 1/2 x 60 (at the thickest point)
Ring : 30 (foot) to 60 (thickest point)
Wrapper : Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Factory : Honduras American Tabaco S. A., Cofradia, Honduras
Price : $3.90 each
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Today's review comes courtesy of Stephen who generously offered to contribute. Thank you, Stephen!
This is a review of just one cigar. It was given to me as a gift from Ted the owner of Big Jack's Cigars in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I always stop by there to say hi when I am in Boothbay Harbor and I recommend you do too. There is no lounge or anything. Just Ted who is passionate about his cigars and he carries some nice bottles of wine as well.
Ted told me Punch created this cigar to be a competitor to the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. It is a member of the “original” Honduran Punch Family with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras.
It's been resting in my humidor for about a month.
This odd looking perfecto, which resembles a bowling pin, is 4 ½ and 30 ring at the foot and 60 at its widest point. It has a slightly toothy wrapper. There is some veining in it. It's slightly blotchy but I wouldn't say it detracts from the appearance too much. The label is attractive and looks very classic.
This cigar is very well done. I imagine it is quite difficult to roll. It was firm, well packed, and had no soft spots at all. On clipping the tiny cap, pre-light the draw was fairly tight. The draw opened up a bit at the cigar's widest point. It made an okay amount of smoke at first but then it made copious amounts at the fattest point of the cigar. The burn was perfect with a flaky white ash. It held its ash for about an inch or so.
In my pre-light tasting I just noted the light smell and taste of tobacco. It wasn't sweet or earthy, just tobacco. It lit very easily using my Zippo with a Z-plus butane insert. The initial taste was mild, leathery, and slightly woody. It was not spicy at all. There was a very slight spice hint on the retro-hale. On the second third of the cigar at its widest point it became much spicier. It wasn't peppery, but definitely spicy and more woody. In the final third the spice settled down but continued on with more earthy, woody tastes.
At $3.90 a stick I don't think you could go wrong.
Overall Rating :
I liked this cigar quite a bit. It's got a great price point. It smoked for about 40 minutes and I was rushing it a little. I don't normally smoke a cigar right down to the nub but I smoked this thing until my lips and fingers were burning. If you are looking for a mild to medium cigar, and don't have 1 1/2 hours to spend I would highly recommend this cigar. The only reason I gave this cigar a 4 stars and not a 4.5 or 5 is because I prefer a fuller flavored cigar.