Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : PUT JUN 05
Price : ~$6 each
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Punch Royal Selection No. 12 is another mareva that I have been enjoying this winter. Again, this is a cigar that doesn't get a lot of press - probably because it can't really be called exceptional. In my opinion, this is a very decent petit corona though, a typical Punch.
Classic wrapper color for Cuban cigars and a triple cap. The appearance is rather nice.
As it often happens with Cuban petit coronas, the draw might be tight on some vitolas from the same box. However, from my experience, the overall construction is more than acceptable. It tends to burn evenly and produces respectful amount of smoke.
Quite powerful from the very beginning (with essentially woody flavors), the Royal Selection No. 12 rapidly develops spicy and cocoa notes. Medium-to-full-bodied, it also has some distinguishable espresso notes in the second third. Unfortunately, the last third does not bring any new aromas to the bouquet and is therefore quite disappointing.
I find them slightly more expensive than other marevas, but it really depends on the retailer. I am sure there are some deals to be had.
Overall Rating :
The opinions vary strongly on this little creation from Punch. For example, I noticed that a lot of people detected floral and grassy notes in this smoke (as you can see from my review, I never found a hint of those). I think it might be a good idea to give those a try.