April 28, 2011
Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Price : ~$5-6 each
Thanks to General Cigar Co. for providing this sample for review!
This is a new cigar out from General Cigar Co. that is made with a proprietary Connecticut grown corojo wrapper, rather than the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that is on the regular Rare Corojo line. Speaking of that, I’ve never understood why the regular Punch Rare Corojo’s are even called that since they don’t have a corojo wrapper, but I suppose that isn’t relevant to this review…
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
This was a pretty nice looking robusto. It had an earthy prelight aroma and was made with a hard box press. The wrapper was Colorado Maduro in color and the bands on the 10th Anniversary version look much nicer than those on the regular line. The only flaw seemed to be a sloppily applied cap.
Construction : [rating:3.5/5]
Construction was good on this cigar. The burn was good at the beginning then became staggered through the middle before straightening up toward the end. The draw was perfect.
Flavor : [rating:2.5/5]
This cigar started out very earthy, with some slightly bitter, and peppery flavors as well. Actually this cigar was so earthy I felt like I was smoking dirt at times. However, it wasn’t as unpleasant or offensive as that sounds. The flavors started to balance out at the middle and a very slight sweetness developed, which complemented the cigar nicely. From this point on the taste stayed pretty consistent until the end.
Value : [rating:4/5]
These cigars seem to be selling in the $5 – $6 range, which is pretty good. This price shouldn’t scare people away from giving them a try.
Overall Rating : [rating:3/5]
This cigar wasn’t a bad experience, but it wasn’t particularly memorable either. It didn’t have a whole lot complexity or depth going for it, which made it get kind of boring toward the end. I would recommend this to fans of stronger, fuller bodied, in your face cigars. I didn’t find that this cigar had the kind of typical Nicaraguan corojo taste to it that I am accustomed to, and that I really like. However, I would say that the 10th Anniversary is better than the standard Punch Rare Corojo.
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March 30, 2013
My Review of the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary
I have never been a fan of the Punch Rare Corojo. It seemed an OK enough cigar but it just never struck my fancy which I thought strange because I generally enjoy Corojo cigars. I had no idea until very recently that the Punch Rare Corojo doesn’t even have any Corojo tobacco in it. I thought the wrapper was Corojo but apparently it was a Sumatran leaf of some kind. Learning that fact kind of annoyed me. Why the hell do they call it a Corojo if it isn’t? But ultimately I came to the conclusion that I really don’t care especially since the cigar has largely remained off my radar…
Enter the the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Edition. Wonders never cease, this one actually uses a Corojo wrapper leaf. What’s more it is a Connecticut grown Corojo wrapper. I didn’t even know they grew Corojo in Connecticut. Well there’s lots I don’t know but still, I was surprised by it. General Cigar sent me some samples of the new limited edition of the Rare Corojo and its make-up is intriguing to me so I looked forward to giving this one a try. I have to say, it is a much better cigar that the previous sticks to carry this name. It starts off with leather and earth and an undertone of what I would describe as spiced vanilla, giving it a subtle sweetness and creamy characteristic to the flavors. It builds in body as you progress and it starts to exhibit more spice and gets a little woodsy and tannic at times which may just be a bit of youth shining through, or the Honduran filler dominating the blend (I often get tannic notes from cigars with Honduran tobacco). Overall the cigar was quite enjoyable and it held my attention nicely with well defined flavors. It may be a limited edition cigar but it doesn’t carry a limited edition price tag so I would say it is definitely worth trying if you run across them.
April 28, 2011
Wow; sounds like you really have something against Punch Rare Corojo.
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