December 3, 2013
Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 127 x 19 mm (5 x 48)
Ring : 48
Release : 2012
Price : 11 EUR each
Punch Sir John, a 2012 regional edition for Germany, is most probably named after John Tenniel, a British illustrator and politicial cartoonist for the Punch magazine. Knighted by Queen Victoria, he is also known for his illustrations for Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is named after a group of 48 premium tobacco retailers in Germany, called “John Aylesbury” (see comment below).
I’ve had this cigar in my humidor for quite a while now (about one year I guess, since its release) and decided to put it to light on one of this year’s last sunny days.
Appearance : [rating:5/5]
This is a very nice looking cigar with a golden brown, silky wrapper with very fine veins (you barely even notice them on a first glance), a nicely applied cap, and no soft spots.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
Construction feels very even and firm, but not hard. The draw is pretty much perfect, with just enough resistance. In fact, construction is almost as flawless as I’d have guessed from the appearance. The only problem is a slight irregularity in the burn, but it only requires small touch-ups here and there.
Flavor : [rating:4.5/5]
I was impressed with this one before I even started to smoke it. The pre-light aroma is this amazing honey scent, hinting at the flavors inside. The pre-draw is on the milder side, with just a hint of spice. The flavor profile is quite different from most in the Punch line, which surprised me. It’s definitely one of their more original stogies, and stands out from the rest. A backdrop of mild wood dominates with a slight touch of spice. The honey flavors come through very nicely, and even the smoke has a distinct honey aroma. The wrapper leaf adds a slight saltiness, which helps to accent and bring out the sweeter flavors.
Value : [rating:3.5/5]
These cigars were released specifically for the German market, which means they’re naturally pretty expensive to try to pick up if you live anywhere outside of that country. In Germany, the cost is still pretty steep, about 11 Euros each. This is an amazing cigar, so it’s worth paying extra for, but there’s no denying this isn’t something you can smoke every day (or even that often) at this price.
Overall Rating : [rating:4/5]
All in all, Punch Sir John is a very impressive stogie. The flavor profile stands out as one-of-a-kind, and while it is subtle and simple in many ways, it has just enough complexity to really make an impact. The construction overall is beautiful, even if the burn is a bit uneven. The only major drawback is the price, especially outside of Germany. If you’re ever in Germany, it’d definitely be worth your while to treat yourself to a box of these as souvenirs. They’re also available online, but at a higher price.
December 5, 2013
Thanks a lot for the clarification! I will update the review accordingly.
December 4, 2013
Thanks for this very nice review of our local cuban Regional Edition cigar in Germany. But there is one point I’d like to correct: The Punch Sir John (http://www.zigarrenwelt.de/Zigarren_Punch/Sir_John_Edicion_Regionales_2012.html) was not named after John Tenniel, but after a group of 48 premium tobacco retailers in Germany, which name is “John Aylesbury”. The cigar should have been exclusive for these group of retailers, and therefore was named “Sir John”, but in the end it has been available in non-John Aylesbury stores as well. You can find the product on the John Aylesbury page as well: http://www.john-aylesbury.de/shop/999/artikelgruppen/cigarren/cuba.php?we_objectID=13635
I hope this clarifies the source of the name? 🙂
Best regards from a John Aylesbury member from Cologne/Germany,
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