Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

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    Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

    Origin : CubaPunch
    Format : Petit Robusto
    Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
    Ring : 50
    Release : 2009
    Price : ~$12 each

    As a complete marketing victim, I just can’t refrain myself from buying a Cuban cigar with a second band, regardless of its color. This time it was a red one. Whereas some of the regional editions I tried were rather disappointing because of the lack of personality, others turned out to be outstanding. Bottom line – I don’t mind trying my luck with REs. This is why I bought a couple of Punch Small Club when I was in Paris in April.

    Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
    At 4 x 50, this is a small robusto. For obvious reasons, I immediately thought about the Bolivar Petit Libertador that I sampled last year. I was secretly hoping that the stout cigar I was turning in my hands would have a different flavor profile, because I wasn’t in the mood for a pepper bomb. After all, this is a Punch, so it shouldn’t punch you in the face, right? I found the cigar attractive and surprisingly elegant for this size. The wrapper had no evident defects and the bands looked concordant.

    Construction : [rating:5/5]
    Punch Small Club is as good as it can get in the construction department. No complaints whatsoever about the draw and, even more surprising for a Cuban cigar, the burn was razor sharp. I’ve been watching it closely and it never wandered out of its way. The ash was firm and held for 2 inches before I tapped it off.

    Flavor : [rating:5/5]
    The cigar starts out with a moderate pepper blast, which quickly gives way to cedary flavors. Punch Small Club appears as a solid medium-bodied smoke. Very soon, I have a deja vu feeling and I recall the Punch Punch – the first third shares the same flavors with this corona gorda. However, things change rapidly and I detect some original flavors such as butter or gingerbread. Furthermore, the smoke is definitely more complex than an average Punch. The second third is amazing, full-flavored, with a long finish. There is a noticeable increase in power near the end as I am prompted to slow down. Reluctantly I let the cigar die when it starts burning my fingers. Lovely smoke.

    Value : [rating:4/5]
    If these cigars are consistent, I’m going for a box. At $12 a pop, these are not a budget smoke, but in this case the quality commands a premium.

    Overall Rating : [rating:5/5]
    I’ll try to get a fiver soon. If they will turn out to be as good as the first two were, then I’ll definitely get a box of those since their flavor profile is exactly what I’m looking for in a good cigar. I also like the size, especially in my current situation where I can’t afford spending 2 hours with a churchill. If there are some people from France reading this blog, can you tell me how you found this cigar if you tried it? I sure hope I didn’t just get lucky.

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    • E* T*******

      I smoke one, but mine it’s realy light for after-lunch, I think it’s an good cigare for the afternoon or for the cocktail time. Anyway, I smoke one more for confirmed my impression. In the same format and for French market I prefer the “Petit Libertador”.

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      Jason, yes, these are “trendy” – however, at least with Cuban cigars, I noticed that they are often more reliable construction-wise than longer vitolas like lanceros/churchill.
      I also have to take the time factor into account…

    • J****

      The way you described this cigar’s flavors certainly makes it sound appealing. My only reservation is the size, I can’t stand these short robusto or “nub” types sizes… way too gimmicky

    • L*** &****** A***********

      Good timing. I smoked a few of these last month, and wrote up a short review as well:


      To be honest, I was not at all impressed. They all had serious burn or construction issues, although perhaps I just picked a bad batch. The Petit Libertador was much better in my opinion as an RE, or if you want the classic Punch flavour, the Punch Punch has served me much better.

    • G**** Q*****

      Well it looks like i nned to nip accros the channel. mm small punch.

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Cigar Region Cuba
Filler Cuban
Wrapper Cuba
Binder Cuba
Length 4
Ring Gauge 50
Vitola Petit Robusto
Construction Hand Made