Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

Appearance : ★★★★½
The wrapper is medium brown in color with a nice sheen to it from the oil. There are a few fine veins, and it appears to be packed evenly (dense, but not hard). All in all, a near flawless looking cigar.

Construction : ★★★★☆
There are a couple of minor issues with construction. The draw is slightly tight at times, but opens up as you smoke. The burn was sometimes a little off, but required few minor adjustments, and otherwise burned pretty straight. These issues barely registered; otherwise, construction was great.

Flavor : ★★★★☆
I would classify this cigar as medium in strength. It produces plenty of rich aromatic smoke. The flavors themselves are smooth and mild for the most part, and the notes I detect are largely wood and something floral. I may also be picking up something like tea, and later on, a hint of vanilla. There are no major twists or turns; the experience is a consistent one. The cigar is never remotely harsh or bitter.

Value : ★★★★½
While I would normally expect to pay less for a cigar like this one (particularly with the construction issues, as minor as they ultimately were), I cannot complain about the cost at all in light of the fact that these are discontinued. They will become more and more of a rarity as time goes on, so the price may not stay as low as it is.

Punch Churchill

Overall Rating : ★★★★½ (4.25)
Construction issues were minor in an otherwise very good cigar. While the Punch Churchill threw no surprises at me, sometimes I like something simple, consistent, and well executed. This cigar will be a real winner for those who enjoy mild, smooth flavors, the ones you'd expect in a classic old-style Cuban cigar (just remember that it is a medium-strength cigar). I recommend picking up a box of these while you can still get them. If you enjoy mild flavors, you will be very happy with your purchase.

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